Entries from April 2007

Sunday, April 8, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Ottawa Central Railway

The railroad nearest to my location is the Ottawa Central Railway, a short line that mainly runs along the former CN Beachburg subdivision; it also has trackage rights on VIA Rail’s Ottawa-area track. Like most short lines, I imagine, it doesn’t have a web site of its own, but it does have some presence on […]

Sunday, April 8, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Toronto Railway Historical Association

The Toronto Railway Historical Association has a new web site; they’re working on plans for a major railway museum — the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre — in downtown Toronto, and the site has the details. Via cpsig.

Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 12:10 pm

The Berlin-Irkutsk Express

A Russian rail operator is floating the idea of a direct train between Berlin and Irkutsk, which, at something like five days and 6,800 kilometres, would be the longest single rail journey to originate in western Europe; the current route terminates at Novosibirsk, and is only four days and 5,000 kilometres. Gadling sees the advantages: […]

Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 10:22 am

Railfanning in New Brunswick

Steve Boyko has put together a list of the top ten railfanning spots in New Brunswick. I travel to New Brunswick from time to time so I should make a note of this: some of the locations look interesting.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Empire Express 2.0

There’s a lot of layout planning software out there, but almost none of that is for the Mac. As a Mac user, this is naturally of some concern to me, but I was never without at least one option. I’ve been using Empire Express for my layout planning. It has its limitations, but it’s reasonably […]

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 8:33 am

TGV Speed Record Video

A video of yesterday’s TGV speed record: Via Marcel.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 11:46 am

574.8 Kilometres Per Hour

The official TGV speed record attempt took place today, the Associated Press reports (Washington Post). Via Marcel. 574.8 km/h. Or, if you prefer, 357.2 mph. Or, if you prefer, 160 m/s. Roaring like a jet plane, with sparks flying overhead and kicking up a long trail of dust, the black-and-chrome V150 with three double-decker cars […]

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 10:39 am

ONR Derailment Spills Sulphuric Acid

Two dozen cars of a 33-car Ontario Northland train derailed on Friday near Engelhart, Ontario, a small community in the Timiskaming region of northern Ontario. Several of the cars contained sulphuric acid: one spilled its contents — about 100 tons’ worth — into the Blanche River; another four were leaking. The spill was contained on […]

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 9:14 am

Kemptville Toy and Train Show

I’m always surprised at just how many train shows take place within a few hours’ drive. This past weekend we stopped by the Kemptville Toy and Train Show, which takes place in Kemptville, Ontario, a bedroom community south of Ottawa. I took a lot of pictures and have put together a collection of them. Probably […]