Entries Tagged as ‘Passenger Rail’

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 8:25 pm

Kummant on the Task Ahead

Amtrak’s new president, Alex Kummant, has been on the job for four months now — time enough for him to have been briefed up on what he’s up against. And time for him to be able to outline, in an Associated Press article, what those challenges (federal funding, freight networks near capacity) and opportunities (expanding […]

Monday, January 22, 2007 at 4:05 pm

Test Run for Japanese Dual-Mode Vehicle

That dual-mode road/rail vehicle being tested by JR Hokkaido that I wrote about last month is in the news again: it had a test run this month during which it travelled 3.2 km by road and 2.8 km by rail. Trial operations to begin in April. Via Boing Boing.

Monday, January 22, 2007 at 12:11 pm

A Railroad Blog Roundup

Steve Cox changes his mind, reintegrates his N-scale model railroad and railfanning blogs back into a single blog (previously). Marcel Marchon found some more rail and transit blogs a couple of weeks back. Highlights include transit blogs Transit Sleuth and Live from the Third Rail, both of which covers rail transit issues from light rail […]

Friday, January 19, 2007 at 4:14 pm

Russian Trains Offer Same-Sex Compartments

Single-sex compartments come to eight Russian train routes, allowing women to use sleeper class without having to choose between the privacy of second-class compartments that they would otherwise share with strangers of the opposite sex, and the relative security (in that there is no privacy at all) of third-class platzkart coaches. Via Gadling.

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 […]

Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 7:34 pm

Amtrak’s Disappearing Dining Service

Amtrak’s dining car service is the focus of this piece by ABC News’s Bill Redeker, who compares the streamlined dining service on the California Zephyr — basically, reheating prepared meals — to the “classic” dining service still in existence on everyone’s favourite long-distance train, the Empire Builder. Amtrak’s using the streamlined service to save money: […]