Entries from January 2007

Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 3:14 pm

Teenage Boys Steal Locomotive

Two teenage boys — one 16, one 13 — slipped away from a youth detention centre in Nelsonville, Ohio early Tuesday morning, and broke into the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway‘s engine house. Then, the Columbus Dispatch reports, they stole a locomotive: they fired up the engine, switched cars out of the way, and drove it […]

Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 8:58 am

Arson? Aye, Someone Arsin’ Around

A disgruntled former rail worker has been convicted of putting lives at risk for his sabotage campaign against British railway infrastructure in 2004 and 2005; Allan Nicol had previously admitted to 12 counts of criminal damage, and was acquitted of a charge of reckless criminal damage. Because Nicol knew the system, his acts were surprisingly […]

Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 8:16 am

Hell of a Time for the Toilets to Break Down

A combination of a late train, a number of passengers suffering from gastrointestinal illness, and broken toilets made for a difficult ride on the Canadian last week, the Robson Valley Times of Valemount, BC reports: The train experienced a number of delays due to weather, several small mechanical problems, and CN freight train congestion. Some […]

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 8:34 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Trip to the Tehachapi Loop

What I found interesting about this photo by Allen Rockwell is that each of these three BNSF engines has a slightly different paint scheme — the most recent is at front. Photo by Allen Rockwell.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Electric Nose

Model railroaders’ web pages come in many shapes and sizes: some are static pages, others are blogs; some focus on their layouts, others look at the entire model railroading industry. Electric Nose is all of the above: Steve Jones models British railways in OO and O scale, and U.S. railroads in HO, and has layout […]

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 8:34 am

The World Runs on Coffee, and So Does Your Train

If a steam engine can run on bricks of dried milk, then using bricks of pressed coffee beans as fuel, as Popular Science reported was taking place in Brazil in 1932, doesn’t seem quite so farfetched. And I’m sure at some point someone took a look at a steam engine’s boiler and saw the biggest […]

Monday, January 15, 2007 at 9:38 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Last Train to Nowhere

A starkly beautiful shot from the Chile-Bolivia border. Photo by DanielBosma.

Monday, January 15, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Rail Cars Break Free, Hit Train in Kentucky

Details are sketchy at the moment because the story is still developing, but it seems that four rail cars in a CSX yard in Winchester, Kentucky somehow got loose, rolled onto the main track, and free-rolled — presumably downgrade — about 20 miles to Irvine, where they collided with a stationary CSX locomotive this morning. […]

Monday, January 15, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Avalanche Hits CN Coal Train

Via forwarded e-mail, news and photos of another CN accident on the same day as the Lytton derailment: an avalanche hit a CN coal train on what I gather is former BC Rail trackage in northern British Columbia. No injuries or serious issues, just an interesting situation. The original e-mailer, unknown to me, writes: “The […]

Monday, January 15, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Commuter Rail’s Benefits Questioned

A contrarian view of the environmental, traffic urban-sprawl benefits of commuter rail was published in the Boston Globe‘s magazine section at the end of last year. Key graf: One would think, for instance, that new commuter-rail stations might encourage development nearby. It turns out they don’t. Areas around train stations are only modestly more developed […]