September 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Ten top Indian rail journeys

Indian Railways operating 17,000 trains on 64,000 kilometres of track has a lot to cover. It takes people and tourist across the various plains, hills and colors of India. A lot to choose from but here are the top ten Indian rail journeys as determined by Monisha Rajesh for the Guardian.

August 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Movie Trailer: Unstoppable

Tony Scott’s upcoming action drama Unstoppable, involving a runaway train is loosely based on two separate incidents in Ohio. Chris Pine and Denzel Washington race against time in a separate locomotive trying to stop a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. The train shots and the crashes look good in the trailer.

This is another of Denzel Washington’s “train movie”. Perhaps he is a closet railfan?

Unstoppable arrives theaters on November 12th 2010.

[via: Slashfilm]

August 3, 2010 | Comments Off on America in Color (1939-1943)

Old color photographs taken between 1939 and 1943 by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information show the life and people from around that time but particularly interesting are the railroad photographs (46 thru 54. cannot link to them so some scrolling is required) showing the thriving industry and the people behind it.

The other photos showing buildings, barns and stores would also be a valuable resource for modelers of that era.

July 28, 2010 | Comments Off on How subway cars are made

English Russia show us how subway cars are made in a two part series. Part 1 shows the welding and framing shop. In Part 2 we see the assembly, electronics and paint shops.

July 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Worktrain in action

Making it look all too easy…

July 16, 2010 | Comments Off on Live Railway Children Show

A theatrical production of the classic Railway Children (IMDB) movie is currently being played in London at Waterloo Station. Joining the human cast are a Stirling Single locomotive and the original coach from the movie. Real tracks, real locomotive.. that’s my kind of theater.

A preview…

July 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Streamlined Train Wonders of the Art Deco Era

Dark Roasted Blend’s brings us a collection of streamlined steam and diesel locomotives images from the 1920s-1930s.
I guess we missed all the streamline fun as freight took preference and passengers took to the air. We only have the Acela unlike the “passenger-haulers” in Japan and France.

July 13, 2010 | Comments Off on Murder on the Orient Express

David Suchet as Hercule Poirot in PBS Masterpiece Theater production of Murder on the Orient Express is now available (1hr 24mins) for online viewing until July 15th, 2010

David Suchet on the Orient Express: A Masterpiece Special is the followup episode in which we take a trip with him from London, to Calais in northern France to board the Venice Simplon Orient Express for this 2000 mile journey through six countries on the way to Prague. This episode goes more in depth into the history and workings of the current orient express. PBS has the full episode (53 mins) online only until August 8th.

July 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Onboad the Essex Steam Train

The Essex Steam Train is one of the few places in the NorthEast that runs steam trains daily in the summer months. The 12 mile round trip takes an hour and runs from Essex Station towards the scenic towns of Deep River and Chester. If you fancy a river boat ride, you would get off at the Deep River Landing and take the boat.

I got a chance to take the steam train this month. Sat in the Open Car which was just behind the locomotive. It was a great experience to smell and hear the locomotive as she wound her way along the Connecticut river. Being in the open car you will get a fair amount of ash all over yourself but that should not bother a railfan. Right?

There is plenty happening for the railfan. We went through many grade crossings and bridges which gave the No.40 a chance to sound her whistle every time. It is one thing to hear a steam whistle on many Youtube clips but quite mesmerizing to hear it live and this close.

At Deep River Crossing, the locomotive will shunt around to the other end. Being in the open car, will give you a good photo opportunities, as she comes around.

After arriving back at the Essex Station, you could then watch the locomotive shunt back again to the other end. You could also walk around the station admiring the other wagons and coaches they currently have. I was amazed by the excellent condition the No. 40 locomotive was. All in all the Essex Steam Train is a great fun outing for the railfan and their family.

For pictures from the trip, please click below.

June 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Photo Contest: Steam Locomotives

DPReview is slowly becoming my favorite railroad photography site. This time they are having a Steam Locomotive-a Biological Experience contest. In this day and age, these fleeting monster might be had to find but loving the submissions so far.
Contest ends in 3 days.

Photo Submitted By: Yuri1111

Photo Submitted By: Digital Daydream

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