Entries from December 2006

Friday, December 8, 2006 at 6:00 pm

High-Speed Rail in Spain

A long, seven-page article on high-speed rail in Spain, which network is called AVE, from a special advertising section in MIT’s Technology Review. A good read, but technical. High-speed rail had more than its fair share of challenges in that country: Spain’s national rail network, RENFE, was dilapidated compared with other countries, and it was […]

Friday, December 8, 2006 at 5:43 pm

American Heritage on Lionel

The November/December issue of American Heritage magazine has an interesting article on the early history of Lionel, including its origins and how it established itself in the marketplace, endured the Great Depression and switched to O scale. Via OGaugeWatch.com.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 8:53 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Cold Steel Rails

Snow on the line in Wisconsin at sunset. Photo by Wisconsin Engineer.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 8:49 pm

Record Coal Hauls Still Not Enough

BNSF and UP are hauling record amounts of coal from the Powder River Basin this year, but they’re still struggling to keep up with the demand from the electricity companies they haul it to, the Associated Press reports.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 8:35 pm

ORHF’s Holiday Express

The Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation also runs a holiday train, but its proceeds go to their efforts to provide a permanent home for its three steam engines, including SP&S 700 and SP 4449, both of which will be pulling the trains. (Not quite needy families, but still.) Via Dogcaught. Previously: Daily Flickr Photo: Caltrain Holiday […]

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 8:40 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Caltrain Holiday Train

I apologize for the recent rash of western U.S. subjects on this feature, but I couldn’t pass up this photo of Caltrain’s holiday train. (I wonder who else has one.) Via TrainBlog. Photo by lazytom. Previously: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train; Holiday Trains.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 8:37 pm

More Flickr Groups

More train groups on the photo-sharing site Flickr: European Railways High Speed Rail Model Railways Model Trains Railway Stations Previously: Flickr Railfanning Groups.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 8:30 pm

Two More Model Railroad Blogs

Bill Baar’s Trains primarily focuses on model railroading with some diversions into railroad news and railfanning — a hobbyist’s blog, essentially. Updated all too infrequently. Dennis David’s Schwarzburg Modelleisenbahn is ostensibly a blog about the construction of his N-scale model railroad based on German prototypes, but there’s lots of interesting digressions, such as photos from […]

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 7:01 pm

Train Accident Roundup

Train accidents happen all the time, largely because there are so many trains on the track at any given moment. Here’s a roundup of news about train accidents, just in North America, just in the last couple of days: Following up on yesterday’s Union Pacific derailment in Illinois, the track has been replaced and the […]

Monday, December 4, 2006 at 4:26 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Deadline

A mothballed Southern Pacific GP9 on the waterfront in Eureka, California. Photo by SP8254.