Entries from June 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 1:10 pm

Thomas and Friends Lead Paint Recall

As if melamine in cat food wasn’t enough. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission issued a recall of wooden Thomas and Friends toy trains that the toymaker’s Chinese manufacturers painted with lead paint despite instructions to the contrary. The New York Times points out that “[u]ntil a few decades ago, lead-painted toys […]

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 12:55 pm

How to Hop a Freight Train

On a related note, this Ask MetaFilter thread on how to hop a freight train is both cautionary and dangerous, in that it provides exactly everything you know: how to do it (and how not to — never jump on a moving train, apparently) and the dangers involved in doing it — both in terms […]

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Riding the Rails in Bangladesh

Akash’s photo gallery of Bangladeshis riding atop freight trains: “Due to Bangladesh’s large population, inadequate seats on the trains and poverty, it is quite common to see a thick layer of people occupying the roof of a train. Frequent accidents, which occur when a free rider slips, are not enough to deter these stowaways of […]

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 6:56 pm

Gadling Does Skagway (and the WPY)

Travel blog Gadling has been running a series of posts on touring Alaska “without a cruise ship.” In today’s post, we arrive at Skagway, where, naturally, the writer thoroughly enjoys himself on the White Pass and Yukon Route: “I love train travel and this was one of the very best train journeys I’ve ever taken.” […]