Levitating Toy Trains Are the Best Use of Superconductors Yet

Science and electrical engineering types might have a list of practical uses for superconductors a mile long, but the rest of us really only care about how they can make things magically levitate. Just imagine if a company like Lionel revealed a levitating train set available in time for the holidays, the demand for… » 9/09/14 12:36pm 9/09/14 12:36pm

Japan's Spending $5 Billion to Fast Track Maglev Trains in the US

Come on guys. It's just 40 miles. We'll even go halfsies with you. Except, in this case, "halfsies" still amounts to $5 billion. Japan, in an effort to help DC build a maglev train that would cut travel time to Baltimore down to 15 minutes, is offering up half the cash to do it. The question is: Does that make the… » 9/08/14 5:44pm 9/08/14 5:44pm

Lego trains are the worst value sets in per-brick pricing

Exhaustive analysis into the price of Lego bricks has revealed that parents of children who like both Lego and trains are getting the metaphorical brick in the sole of the foot treatment—with train sets bucking the trend and costing more than their less thrilling equivalents. » 8/05/14 8:02am 8/05/14 8:02am

The Self-Perpetuating, Globe-Circling, High-Speed Train from Snowpiercer

The entirety of the film Snowpiercer takes place on a train—a very special train that I can't stop thinking about. The movie itself is great—we've followed the film here due to its unique distribution plan to be made available on-demand platforms just weeks after being released in theaters—but to be honest, I was… » 7/28/14 8:00pm 7/28/14 8:00pm

This Aluminum Car Was Built To Run On Abandoned Railways

Nearly 5,000 miles of abandoned railways criss-cross the the landscape in Mexico and Ecuador, left dormant for decades after privatization of the national system suspended passenger service in 1995. Two Guadalajara-born artists wanted to travel the paths of these "modern ruins," so together they designed what just… » 6/19/14 6:04pm 6/19/14 6:04pm

These Japanese Ultra-Luxury Trains Are Penthouses on Rails

The golden age of railways is steaming back into the modern era—in Japan at least. Since the island nation privatized its extensive rail network in the late 1980s, there has been an explosion of high-end designer trains all culminating in these gorgeous, luxurious rail cars from former Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama. » 6/11/14 11:40am 6/11/14 11:40am

5 Rail Stations From America's New Golden Age of Train Travel

With a high-speed rail network slowly making its way towards reality, cities are commissioning grand stations for the 21st century to accommodate this new mode of transit. Here are five stations on the horizon that are bringing the drama and glamour back to train travel, while positioning it for a high-tech,… » 6/05/14 9:00am 6/05/14 9:00am

Take a Tour of NYC's Iconic Subway Mosaics

One day graphic designer Adam Chang fell in love with the New York City subway. Well, to be more specific, he fell in love with the inventive, often eye-catching tile mosaics that grace each station. He loves them so much he built an entire website that lets you tour every last sign of every last station in Manhattan. » 5/16/14 9:00am 5/16/14 9:00am

China's Batty Proposal For an Under-Sea Train to the United States

A lone report in China's state-run Beijing Times claims the nation is already in discussions to build an 8,000+ mile railroad connecting China, Russia, Canada, and the U.S.—including a 125 mile undersea tunnel spanning the Bering Strait. Forget taking this with a grain of salt, you're gonna need the whole shaker. » 5/10/14 7:00pm 5/10/14 7:00pm