Entries from January 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 10:12 am

Light Rail Line Opens in Buenos Aires

Treehugger reports on the opening of a new light-rail line in Buenos Aires after an absence of 50 years. (If you can read Spanish, the article is here; I haven’t been able to find any other reports.) The line, dubbed “Celeris,” uses modern trainsets from Alstom; from the photo it appears that it uses third-rail […]

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 9:27 am

Wasserauen Accident Coverage

If you can read German, there is more information about the storm that knocked over the train in Wasserauen, Switzerland (previously) in this story from the Basler Zeitung. If you can’t, there are at least some more photos of the accident site (an example of which at right). Via Zug & Eisenbahn Blog.

Monday, January 22, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Long Exposure

A long exposure at night. Photo by JLudin.

Monday, January 22, 2007 at 4:05 pm

Test Run for Japanese Dual-Mode Vehicle

That dual-mode road/rail vehicle being tested by JR Hokkaido that I wrote about last month is in the news again: it had a test run this month during which it travelled 3.2 km by road and 2.8 km by rail. Trial operations to begin in April. Via Boing Boing.

Monday, January 22, 2007 at 3:59 pm

The Train Project

This is a project that imagines personal transportation — frequently a tapis volant (flying carpet) on which someone sits cross-legged — on disused or abandoned city rail lines: in particular, the petite ceinture surrounding Paris, but other localities are imagined as well. In most of the photos, the vehicles are inserted via Photoshop, but others […]

Monday, January 22, 2007 at 12:11 pm

A Railroad Blog Roundup

Steve Cox changes his mind, reintegrates his N-scale model railroad and railfanning blogs back into a single blog (previously). Marcel Marchon found some more rail and transit blogs a couple of weeks back. Highlights include transit blogs Transit Sleuth and Live from the Third Rail, both of which covers rail transit issues from light rail […]

Monday, January 22, 2007 at 8:49 am

New Version of Microsoft Train Simulator Coming

Microsoft Train Simulator came out in 2001. Since then, other than some bug fixes, not much has happened: a planned sequel, Train Simulator 2, was cancelled in 2004, and the game was given over to Atari for publishing as a jewel-cased value game, no longer published by Microsoft itself. But the game itself is neither […]

Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:24 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Blew in the Wind

Major wind storms struck Europe today, killing at least 47 people and disrupting transportation networks across the continent. Berlin’s new train station was closed after a two-ton girder fell onto a staircase but has since reopened; trains have been cancelled all over the place. This photo from Wasserauen, Switzerland explains why. Photo by Kecko. Update: […]

Friday, January 19, 2007 at 4:14 pm

Russian Trains Offer Same-Sex Compartments

Single-sex compartments come to eight Russian train routes, allowing women to use sleeper class without having to choose between the privacy of second-class compartments that they would otherwise share with strangers of the opposite sex, and the relative security (in that there is no privacy at all) of third-class platzkart coaches. Via Gadling.

Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Barry Woodham’s Scrap Line

Steam engines in a scrapyard in south Wales in 1973. I have a perverse fondness for photos of abandoned, disused or decaying railroad equipment. Photo by loose_grip_99.