Entries from February 2007

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Another TGV Speed Record

Earlier this month came word that the SNCF’s TGV set an unofficial speed record during tests on the new Paris-Strasbourg line, reaching a maximum speed of 553 km/h. By unofficial, they mean that this is not the “official” record attempt; that’s supposed to take place in April. What does 553 km/h look like? Something like […]

Monday, February 26, 2007 at 10:29 am

Artists’ Concepts of British Trains

A large collection of artists’ impressions, concept drawings, mockups and models of British EMU and other passenger trains. Though the subject matter is rather the same, there’s a lot of diversity in the artwork: everything from what look like watercolours to full-scale mockups of the head-ends of trains. Via Things Magazine.

Monday, February 26, 2007 at 7:46 am

RAC Canadian Railway Atlas

The Railway Association of Canada produces maps and atlases of Canadian (and North American) rail lines; I’ve got a 1999 edition of a single-sheet map that covers all Canadian and major U.S. tracks. Some of their maps are available online as small PDF files, as part of a web site about proximity issues co-sponsored by […]

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 8:27 pm

News Roundup: CN Labour Agreement, English Train Crash, Amtrak Collisions

CN and its striking conductors and yard workers reached a tentative deal yesterday, before the federal government could legislate an end to the strike (previously). The union is urging workers to return to work while the deal’s details are disseminated and voted upon. A train accident in northern England that killed one passenger and injured […]

Friday, February 23, 2007 at 5:13 pm

News Roundup: Norway Derailment, Ottawa Light Rail, CN Strike

Heavy snow derailed a Norwegian train between Bergen and Oslo on Monday morning; a second train sent in to assist got stuck in snowdrifts, so about 130 passengers were stuck on board for most of the day. No injuries. Ottawa’s light rail expansion project, killed in December, showed some signs of revival last week, but […]

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 10:09 pm

Samjhauta Express Bombed

The Samjhauta Express — one of only two trains between India and Pakistan and a train that is rich in symbolism in the context of peace talks between the two countries — was bombed yesterday in what was presumably a terrorist attack. So far, 68 people have been reported killed, and evidence of IEDs in […]

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 7:39 pm

Visiting Train Museums — A Roundup

Photos from visits to various rail museums around the world, taken by divers hands. Nils Ferry visited the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum in May 2005, and posted a few photos. Located in Kyoto, Japan and housed in a former train station and roundhouse, the museum first opened in 1972 and has 18 steam engines on […]

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 10:02 am

CN Strike Update

Developments since my last post: the Industrial Relations Board turned down CN’s request to have the strike declared illegal, and now the federal labour minister is threatening back-to-work legislation unless the strike is settled some time today, CBC News reports. Update, 9:40 PM: That CBC link has been updated throughout the day with new information, […]

Monday, February 19, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Notes from the CN Strike

About 2,800 CN conductors and yard workers have been on strike since the 10th; here are some stories about the strike that have accumulated over the past week: A report by Brent Jang in today’s Globe and Mail notes the increasing impact of the strike on CN’s customers; CN is operating with managers at half […]

Monday, February 19, 2007 at 12:03 pm

Hay-on-Wye’s Abandoned Railways

On Urban75, a page about disused railway lines in and around Hay-on-Wye, Wales, including Glasbury and Whitney-on-Wye. A brief history — service was discontinued in the 1960s — with some present-day photographs of the abandoned rights of way and the uses to which the old station buildings have been put. Via Plep.