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Highlights from the 2011 PLI with special guest judges from the ThirtyTwo team including JP Walker. Shop signings, 40 cubic metres of snow, hammers thrown down rails and more!
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Music - The Ting Tings 'Great DJ' // The Clash 'Train in Vain' // Christian Sancto 'Grow Grass'Highlights from the 2011 PLI with special guest judges from the ThirtyTwo team... more
Despite a severe funding problem due to slowing of freight traffic revenue and heavy outgo on account of sixth pay commission http://www.rediff.com/business/slide-show/slide-show-1-budget-2011-railway-mamata-may-not-hike-rail-fare-despite-fund-crunch/20110210.htmDespite a severe funding problem due to slowing of freight traffic revenue and heavy... more
Central Station in Stokholm is Sweden's largest rail station and the busiest in Northern Europe with almost 250,000 passengers per day. All those bodies in motion create excessive heat in the building, despite the chilly climate.
As energy prices are soaring, inventive solutions to reducing energy costs and capitalizing on available resources are being explored by many companies. Jernhusen, the real estate company that owns Central Station, is putting rail passengers' body heat to good use.
Find out how warm bodies are helping the station keep energy prices low: http://ow.ly/3LnbfCentral Station in Stokholm is Sweden's largest rail station and the busiest in... more
A woman s bid to avoid paying a train fare nearly cost her the life of her daughter. A girl is miraculously alive in Argentina after her mother lowered her onto the tracks just as a train was coming into the station, according to surveillance video.A woman s bid to avoid paying a train fare nearly cost her the life of her daughter. A... more
This could have been much, much, much worse...
I know that I've made a lot of noise about how high speed rail is falling apart (and getting replaced by out-of-control high-speed buses), thanks to some newly elected governors who are shutting down the projects in their states. But rail is indeed still (slowly) coming to the US. Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood announced the latest updates to the plan today, and here's what they look like.
:http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/11/high-speed-rail-still-on-way-us.phpI know that I've made a lot of noise about how high speed rail is falling apart... more
Overcrowding on trains in England and Wales will get substantially worse over the next four years despite rises in ticket prices, a report by MPs says.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the Department for Transport's own plans suggested targets for increasing passenger places would be missed.
It blamed the failure on the absence of any requirement to improve capacity within train operators' contracts.
The government said plans to improve the situation would be unveiled soon.
Chairwoman of the PAC Margaret Hodge said MPs were concerned that the "already unacceptable levels of overcrowding will simply get worse and ever more intolerable".
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11713792Overcrowding on trains in England and Wales will get substantially worse over the next... more
Changes to the climate could pose a "serious threat" to the UK rail network, scientists have warned.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11601014Changes to the climate could pose a "serious threat" to the UK rail network,... more
A Metrolink commuter train struck and killed two people who may have been sleeping on the tracks and injured a third in Orange County, California, on Thursday, authorities said.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZuUw5AjEhM&feature=subA Metrolink commuter train struck and killed two people who may have been sleeping on... more
They're celebrating the grand opening of Bloomingdale's in Santa Monica today. But across the street, with less fanfare, a light rail line is being built to this beachside community.They're celebrating the grand opening of Bloomingdale's in Santa Monica... more
On Tuesday during the election announcement the workers for Network Rail were going to strike, however a challenge in the High Court prevented the strike action.
Now the Rail Union plan to put out fresh ballots to vote for a new strike, which could take place just before or after the election, causing whichever Government in place to face the strikers. The issue is over job cuts with the Rail Union placing blame at the Government and Network Rail.
"Last week 1,200 track workers at rail company Jarvis were dumped on the dole in another move tied in with Network Rail's £5 billion cuts programme and the Government have not lifted a finger to help those men and women"-Bob Crow
There was also news yesterday of teachers planning to strike over cuts, which made me think that if it's true that all parties will have to make big cuts, then they all risk facing large amounts of strike action.On Tuesday during the election announcement the workers for Network Rail were going to... more
Sometimes people decide to call things FAILs, when they aren’t really that FAIL. I try to find the glimmer of goodness in everything, so this is another edition of some FAILs that I don’t think are really FAILs.
A dog shit near your gifts. I guess that's a FAIL, but at least you got gifts. Plus your mom told me that one of those presents is a gift certificate to Stanley Steemer.
He could have gotten drunk in the banquet hall, and made a fool of himself and his fellow employees. This jacket is the cruiseline's equivalent of a dunce cap.
This translates as "Snacks Mister Urine." You called this a FAIL, because you say you don't want to walk twenty meters to find snacks. But it's really not that far dude, remember twenty meters is only sixty feet. If you took the time to remember the metric system, we wouldn't keep having this same problem.
Are you so stupid that you actually tried to plant these Cheerios, and expected that donuts would grow? Idiot! You can only grow more Cheerios from those seeds.
Oh you're disappointed that they didn't pluralize MAN. Clearly the bathroom at this Thai train station can hold only one man, and several women.
Fake watches don't keep time, they are made of plastic and silly putty. Genuine fake watches look like they're made by Gucci, but actually keep time. So who you calling a FAIL now?
How is preventing violence a FAIL? Save your quarters for ten-for-one Tuesdays.
The thought process for this FAIL was: "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA A DOG IN A PLACE WHERE IT SHOULDNT BE. THIS IS SO FUNNY TO ME." But this isn't funny to any of us. Sorry bro this isn't a FAIL. But if it makes you feel any better your dog is sort of cute.
Catch up on your FAILs that aren’t FAILS.
- Some FAILs that I don’t think are FAILs #12
- SFTIDTAF #11
- SFTIDTAF #10
- SFTIDTAF #9
- More STIDTAF
Sometimes people decide to call things FAILs, when they aren’t really that FAIL.... more
In Malmo, Sweden, just over the water from the Copenhagen climate talks, international transportation experts were discussing another aspect of climate change — sustainable transportation. More specifically, the third annual Transport and Climate Change conference focused on personal rapid transit (PRT).
Sometimes called “pod cars,” PRT refers to a transportation network of small shuttles that carry five to six people and run on either an elevated electrical track or are suspended from a wire like a gondola.
The first PRT system in the world is set to be unveiled to the public at London’s Heathrow airport this spring after years of testing. Shortly thereafter, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi will unveil phase one of its PRT system, which will be a primary mode of transportation in the city.
While it sounds pretty high-tech and futuristic, PRT is relatively straightforward: Stations are placed throughout a network area, and at each station, people can catch pod cars to any destination within the network. So, in an airport setting, for example, a traveler could get in at one of the terminals and opt to go straight to long-term parking, the rental car counter, the nearest subway station or a hotel. ...
http://solveclimate.com/blog/20091222/pod-cars-climate-solution-or-pipe-dreamIn Malmo, Sweden, just over the water from the Copenhagen climate talks, international... more
A short film documenting train travel in India. A diverse array of shots and scenery, and some basic information on India's extensive railway system. Train travel remains an enjoyable and adventurous way to explore India!A short film documenting train travel in India. A diverse array of shots and scenery,... more
Delhi Metro has connected nearby cities Delhi and Noida. This comes as a great milestone for the project that has been remarkably efficient under Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. While many other large-scale government projects in India suffer from corruption and delays, the metro project has remained relatively corruption-free and on schedule. Its relative success so far may be linked its status as a private-public entity, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which largely stays out of reach of the hands of corrupt politicians and government employees. Perhaps continued praise of successful and effective government undertakings will hold India to a higher standard, allowing it to reach its full potential for sustainable growth and a higher quality of life for all its citizens. Positive but honest media and publicity, such as the Discovery Channel's "24 Hours with the Delhi Metro," will hopefully garner support for effective management in Indian government undertakings, and for this project designed to reduce pollution and traffic. The metro project, however, has experienced at least two fatal accidents in the course of its construction. Continued press coverage of this project and others, alongside public demand for quality results, will decide how well the Indian government will tackle its many challenges going forward.
Congress has approved $8 billion for high-speed-rail lines that, according to advocates, will make traveling by train faster than driving. But for high-speed trains to live up to their potential, planners also have to consider how long it takes to get to your destination after you get off the train.
That's the kind of story mass transit advocates hate to hear — and it provides a cautionary tale as cities and states vie for federal money to build higher-speed-train lines. In North Carolina, leaders hope to upgrade existing tracks to allow trains to go more than 30 percent faster. But Pat Simmons, the head of the state rail division, knows it will take more for travelers to choose the train instead of their cars.Congress has approved $8 billion for high-speed-rail lines that, according to... more
Officials broke ground on the $8.7 billion project on Monday.
Yesterday the President announced his plan for developing a national high-speed rail line as a transportation alternative for many Americans. High-speed railways have proven extremely beneficial and popular in other countries such as Asia and Europe and these railways are “long overdue” on US soil. Let’s face it, we all know fuel prices are bound to skyrocket again in the future and put a damper on our vacation plans, be they road trips or flights. Having a high-speed railway to help individuals get from Point A to B would be incredibly convenient, affordable and may even take some gas guzzlers off the road.Yesterday the President announced his plan for developing a national high-speed rail... more
When Toyama City in western Japan was considering different alternatives for its development, it hit upon a good source of ideas: its citizens. Holding meetings and discussions with the people in the pop. 400,000 town helped City Hall decide that a Light Rail Transit (LRT) would be ideal for getting people around. The alternatives? To build massive parking centers and generally lose sight of the city center. What people felt was that as they get older, using cars would be less convenient, anyway.
"It was one of the most difficult tasks for the elderly who have not driven cars to go out into the town," said Yoshimitsu Kametani, the 78-year-old chairman of a citizens' group promoting the new trolleys: now passengers have more than doubled to 5,000 per weekday and jumped nearly five times higher to 5,600 on weekends and holidays.
Toyama City uses TLR0600 type trains from Niigata Transit jointly developed with Siemens. It runs on an old track from 1923 on the main street of this port city, and quickly celebrated 1 million users in 2006. In Japan, Toyama is seen as a front-runner using new trains on fully renovated infrastructure. But the key concept has been to promote the LRT project as part of a "Compact City" drive.
More comments and train-spotting photos below the fold.When Toyama City in western Japan was considering different alternatives for its... more