Entries from January 2007

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 11:44 am

Two N Scale Blogs

Two new blogs by model railroaders building N-scale layouts: Allen’s Model Railroad Blog and Trai-N-master.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 11:39 am

A Rail Tunnel Across the Strait of Gibraltar?

The Washington Post reports that Spain and Morocco are working on plans to build a high-speed rail tunnel across the Strait of Gibraltar. But the project faces much more serious engineering challenges than the Channel Tunnel did. For starters, the water is exponentially deeper: nearly 3,000 feet at the shortest route across the strait, compared […]

Monday, January 29, 2007 at 8:34 am

Metroland and Amersham

Metroland is a web site about the London Underground’s Metropolitan Line, in particular its service to Amersham, a station (and town) northwest of London which also has mainline commuter rail service. The site is a source of all kinds of material and minutiae about Amersham and the line, including old photos, timetables and material about […]

Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 4:50 pm

Fourth-Quarter Earnings Roundup

BNSF: 4Q operating income $942 million, up 18 per cent from 4Q 2005; earnings per diluted share were $1.42, up 26 per cent from 4Q 2005. Annual operating income: $3.5 billion. Reuters. Canadian National: 4Q net income was $499 million ($CDN), up 16 per cent; diluted earnings per share 95ยข, up 22 per cent. Net […]

Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Long Trains on the Mauritania Railway

A 700-kilometre rail line brings iron ore from the mines in Zouerate to the port in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Passengers on the line will be happy to know that they now have they now have their own accomodations and no longer have to sit in the ore hoppers during the 12-hour trip. With trains up to […]

Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 5:45 pm

Monorail! Monorail! Monorail!

This company dreams of inexpensive monorails — at a cost a fraction that of existing lines — with trainsets built from used Boeing airplane fuselages. Frankly I can’t see how this will work — the trainsets are not usually the most expensive part of a rapid-transit system — but, as far as I can tell, […]

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 10:14 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Nevada Northern

Nevada Northern Railway #93, a 2-8-0 Consolidation built by Alco. Bodie Bailey took this photo in September 2005. Photo by Bodie Bailey.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Model Railroading: Rich Men, Deep Pockets?

An Associated Press article on model and toy trains generated an outraged letter when it was published in The Record of Bergen, New Jersey last month, OGaugeWatch.com reports. The article’s thesis, and the cause for complaint, is twofold: model railroading, broadly speaking, is a hobby for older men rather than children, and it’s expensive enough […]

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 8:25 pm

Kummant on the Task Ahead

Amtrak’s new president, Alex Kummant, has been on the job for four months now — time enough for him to have been briefed up on what he’s up against. And time for him to be able to outline, in an Associated Press article, what those challenges (federal funding, freight networks near capacity) and opportunities (expanding […]

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Walk the Line

Walking the tracks in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo by feijeriemersma.