Each autumn, leaves fall to the ground by the billions. Slightly annoying if you have a backyard but really annoying if you run a railroad company. It turns out those leaves are a slippery menace on train tracks. That's why Dutch Railways is testing a high-energy solution: Train-mounted lasers.
France's national railway operator, SNCF, recently ordered 2,000 new trains at a cost of more than $20 billion. Now, it's found out that they're too big for many of the stations they're supposed to pass through. And this isn't the kind of order you can return.
Long before there were bullet trains and high-speed light rail systems, people experimented with creating super-streamlined trains that could whisk people across the country in Googie splendor. In some alternate universe, these streamlined trains of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are still in service.
High speed rail may be a quixotic public works project here in California but for China, it's a cornerstone of the country's transportation infrastructure. Yesterday, Chinese officials expanded that infrastructure by inaugurating the longest such rail line on Earth and announced plans for seven more.
Like benevolent, mechanical Tremors worms, a team of eight Tunnel Boring Machines are inching their way across England's capital city and leaving neatly packed railway tunnels in their wake. Instead of, you know, all that death, mayhem, and Kevin Bacon.
How close is too close when selling fruit and veg beside a train line? A foot away from the tracks? For these Asian market-sellers, the tracks themselves are valuable store-shelves for their wares. Make sure you watch until the end to see them spring back into business like nothing actually happened! [YouTube via…
In Bangkok, the Maeklong Line runs through a produce market, and the vendors must scatter whenever once they hear the train's horn. The poor fruits and vegetables are less lucky. This cramped tableau brings to mind the shoulder-to-shoulder existence within the Kowloon Walled City.
The Norwegian documentary Bergensbanen details the gorgeous 300-mile, 7.5-hour-long train ride from Bergen to Oslo. An intrepid group of DJs have scored the entire journey, which traverses the frozen region of Finse (a.k.a. Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back).
Underground metro stations are inhumanely warm come sun or rain, so it makes sense for builders of a new housing estate in Paris to want to draw from that energy, harnessing it for 17 apartments' heating systems above-ground.
There's something blissfully futuristic about subways. Maybe it's that these people-movers evoke space stations or arcologies. Or perhaps being shoved ass-to-shoulder together with strangers during rush hour unleashes some long-dormant pack instinct. Regardless, these metros are shiny.
French engineering firm Alstom unveiled its successor the the TGV today, the AGV. Standing for Automotrice Grande Vitesse, the train, which boasts an individual engine beneath each carriage, can travel at speeds of up to 223mph, or 360kph. Up to 700 passengers can be transported at a time, and less fuel is used, as…