Entries Tagged as ‘Video’

Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 8:48 pm

A Ride on the California Zephyr

Dan Zukowski rode Amtrak’s California Zephyr in August 2005, during a time when Amtrak’s future was in some doubt. That three-day trip has now been distilled into a ten-minute video: Via Dan Zukowski.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 8:33 am

TGV Speed Record Video

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

Friday, March 2, 2007 at 4:08 pm

John Longhurst’s CP Manitoba & Minnesota Subdivision

John Longhurst has posted a short video of his model railroad layout, the CP Rail Manitoba & Minnesota Subdivision. John’s layout is decidedly old-school — the wiring is DC and the locomotives are Athearn blue box models (which you can really hear in the video) — but the layout and the video are first rate: […]

Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Long Trains on the Mauritania Railway

A 700-kilometre rail line brings iron ore from the mines in Zouerate to the port in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Passengers on the line will be happy to know that they now have they now have their own accomodations and no longer have to sit in the ore hoppers during the 12-hour trip. With trains up to […]

Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 10:21 am

Lytton Accident: Photos and Video

By any reasonable account, CN’s accident last week on its mainline near Lytton, BC was minor: it was as a result of a rockslide (so not — this time! — CN’s fault); no one was killed or seriously hurt; only diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid were leaked. So, 0 for 3 on culpability, casualties and […]

Monday, January 8, 2007 at 8:04 am

Train Surfing and the Trainrider

“Train surfing” is the act of riding a train on its roof. It’s dangerous, it’s usually illegal, and yes, it’s pretty fucking stupid. It’s also a serious issue in some parts of the world: Brazil and South Africa come to mind, but incidents can occur more or less wherever there are trains and dumb young […]

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 6:54 pm

Video: Challenger at Dunsmuir

A Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challenger — presumably UP #3985 — at Dunsmuir, California in September, 2005: Note the two auxiliary water tenders and the two large diesels running backup, including the Western Pacific heritage unit.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 6:13 pm

Freshtopia Takes the Long Train

Here’s a short, three-minute video on the pleasures of rail travel that comes from Freshtopia, a team of environmental videobloggers. Environmentalists have long touted rail travel as an environmentally preferable alternative, especially in comparison with the huge amount of CO2 generated by air travel. As if you needed another reason.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 8:33 am

Video: Iron Ponies

Iron Ponies is an 11½-minute film released in 1952 by Lionel. It’s your standard promotional short film from the 1950s, but it’s an interesting look at what was then the state of the art in toy (as opposed to model) trains. Via OGaugeWatch.com.

Monday, November 6, 2006 at 5:29 pm

Video: Shay Climbs Hill

A three-truck, narrow-guage Shay operated by the Roaring Camp Railroads climbs a hill in this minute-long video clip: Via TrainBlog.