trains

Beautiful Lonely Railroads Winding Through America's Landscape

Railroad tracks have been a constant presence in the ever-changing American landscape since the 1800s. Whether they are carrying cars of people and goods, or have fallen into disrepair, the site of train tracks is familiar site to all. For photographer John Michael Sanderson, the railroad and its surrounding landscape is an opportunity to to capture the beauty of these environments from a unique perspective.


The Spectacular Sight Of Train Carriages Being Dumped Into The Ocean

Of all the things you’d expect to find at the bottom of the ocean, a small village of old New York train carriages may not cross your mind. But for over a decade, train carriages have been discarded into the Atlantic in an environmental effort to create artificial reef habitats for fostering sea life. Photographer Stephen Mallon was lucky enough to witness and document the spectacle over a three year period.


How To Catch A Freight Train Ride To Freedom

Ever wanted to pack it all in, become a hobo and ride the rails? Dusty Blackthorn’s been doing that for the last 16 years. We caught up with the American in Guatemala and asked him how. He shared his best photos too. Don’t be an oog.


Why New York's Penn Station Sucks

New Yorkers are known to disagree about a lot of things. Who’s got the best pizza? What’s the fastest subway route? Yankees or Mets? But all 8.5 million New Yorkers are likely to agree on one thing: Penn Station sucks.


Terrifying Documentary On The Fire Bombs Roaming America's Railroads

Boom is a terrifying documentary on a problem that you may not be aware of: America has been invaded by hundred of thousands of moving fire bombs — freight trains with old, cheap tanker cars designed to transport corn oil filled with dangerous flammable oil. Logically, accidents are happening, people are dying and oil is spilling.


The World's Ugliest Christmas Sweater Includes A Working Toy Train Set

Try as you might to find the ugliest Christmas sweater imaginable, you’re not going to be able to top YouTube’s bd594′s creation this year. It’s got an ugly argyle pattern, a tacky Christmas tree, blinking lights, and the pièce de résistance?: a working toy train circling the gaudy creation.


Trains Could Get Lasers To Burn Slippery Wet Leaves Off The Tracks

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.


Make A Simple Electric Toy Train With Magnets, Wire And A Battery

Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy Lionel train set to circle your Christmas tree, here’s a simple but remarkable science experiment that will save you a few bucks and blow Santa’s mind when he stops by on the 24th.


Train Etiquette Posters From 1970s Japan Are Just As Relevant Today

Don’t smoke in the train station. Don’t spit your gum on the floor. And please don’t splay your legs out like no one else is around you. These sound like basic rules of today’s public transport, but they’re actually messages that graced the walls of Tokyo’s subway 40 years ago.


What's Your Worst Holiday Travel Horror Story?

We all have one of those holiday travel stories. That time you got to the airport and realised you forgot to click the buy button. That time you stepped onto the train platform and the zipper on your suitcase broke sending all of your sweaters onto the tracks. That time you got on a bus and your carsick neighbour barfed on his shoes. Life is just a John Candy movie waiting to happen.


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