January 14, 2011 | Comments Off on Friday Movie: China Railway

The short film “China Railway, “directed by Zhang Yimou, created to illustrate the efforts of Chinese authorities in the promotion of high speed, was screened at the opening ceremony of the Seventh World Congress on High Speed Rail.

November 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Union Pacific Steam Excursion Contest

Union Pacific is giving us a chance to route the next UP Steam Excursion through our hometowns. All you have to do is to vote for your hometown where you would want the 844 or the 3985 locomotives and it historical rail cars to come by. This contest is on till December 6th. The UP Steam Team will them decide on the routes based on the votes.

Obviously, they wont be able to bring them up here to the North-East but nonetheless this is a fun contest. So, if you do live near UP trackage, give it a try.

To get you psyched up, here’s a video of the 3985 steaming.

November 5, 2010 | Comments Off on Cab view ride from 1899

A cab view ride in 1899, from Brooklyn to Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge.

[via kottke.org]

October 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Documentary: Train on a Brain

Alison Murray’s 2000 documentary, Train on a Brain tracks her as she travels as a hobo on freight trains across Canada and the US.

On Vimeo: Train On The Brain

[via Boing-Boing]

October 8, 2010 | Comments Off on End of the line for US High Speed Network?

Photo: David Medcalf

Some time back it looked that finally US was joining the rest of the “civilized world” by drawing up a vision of a High Speed rail network. London to Frankfurt rail connection is currently being tested. Span is investing in its future by rapidly expanding its high speed network. China is looking to expand its railway line in Tibet to make it easier to reach Mt. Everest.

But, here the ambitious plans for the US High Speed already seem to be shaky with the outcome of the November elections. Here’s hoping that common sense will prevail but with the current crop of politicians looking towards vested interests to fill their election coffers, this is becoming an uphill battle.

October 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Ad for Indian Railways

Indian Railway directed by Prakash Varma and produced by Nirvana Films.

September 28, 2010 | Comments Off on Afghan railroad then and now

CNN’s Ivan Watson reports on the new railroad being constructed in Afghanistan.

Visit Ivan Waston’s blog entry for more on the story.

September 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Fall Folliage rail tours

With the fall season around the corner, the leaves here in New England have stared to turn. What better way to check out the fall foliage than by taking a ride on one of the many tourist railroads in the region. Dave Cadwell of the NY Times, brings us a report on these leaf-peeping train travel.

More Pictures: Slideshow

September 22, 2010 | Comments Off on Train Stations

Slate does a photo essay of Train Stations from all over the world.

September 20, 2010 | Comments Off on London to Frankfurt by train

A German Inter City Express (ICE) train will be arriving at St Pancras International terminal on 19 October from Frankfurt. This will be a dry run in order to pass stringent tunnel safety tests before it can start full passenger services from Frankfurt, with December 2013 the likely start date.

Rail Travel is picking up everywhere around the world while here in the US we are still talking and thinking.

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