Entries from May 2007

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 9:46 pm

British Rail Network Rebuilding Program

Rebuilding and expansion will keep fare increases above inflation for the time being, the Guardian reports: “The government will unveil a multi-billion pound rebuilding programme for the British rail network this summer to ease congestion on the most crowded lines. … However, the government has warned that inflation-busting fare increases will continue for the foreseeable […]

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 9:44 pm

Travelling Cross-Country by Train

Cardhouse’s tips for travelling cross-country by train pulls no punches about the shortcomings of Amtrak — or the shortcomings of fellow passengers, for that matter. Practical if a wee bit cynical. Still seems to prefer it to flying: “Anyway, on a train you can get up, stretch your legs, walk up and down the train […]

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 8:03 am

Swanson Is New CTT Editor

Model Railroader senior editor Carl Swanson is the new editor of Classic Toy Trains, Kalmbach announced last Friday. Via OGaugeWatch.com. Previously: Besougloff Is New MR Editor.

Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 9:26 pm

Amazing 1:6 Kriegslok Model

Large-scale models can be awfully impressive. For proof, go to the forum of the UK 1/6th Collectors Club — that’s 1:6 scale, or 2 inches to the foot — for a series of magnificent photos of Peter Shaw’s WWII-era Class 52 “Kriegslok” German steam locomotive (and accompanying vehicles and figurines). It’s not just the amazing […]

Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 9:15 pm

A Propeller-Driven Monorail

Our friends at Modern Mechanix have the goods on a 1933 report of a propeller-driven monorail — a French equivalent, perhaps, of the roughly contemporaneous Bennie Railplane. The plans called for a 15-horsepower engine and speeds of 155 miles per hour: try that on conventional rail! Via Boing Boing.

Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 9:01 pm

FRN 2.0

Six months in, and I’ve been doing some thinking about this blog. Expect fewer posts about railroad earnings, accidents and strikes, and other news reports: keeping track of such things isn’t nearly as interesting as finding web pages about cool train stuff but takes up a lot of time and energy, neither of which I […]

Friday, May 4, 2007 at 7:28 am

Ottawa Central Open House

I mentioned in my entry on the Ottawa Central that there was an open house on April 28 that I was thinking of attending. Well, despite the rain, I decided at the last minute to go, and I have now posted my photos to Flickr. It was set up like a temporary rail museum, with […]