trains

A Glimpse At What The Hyperloop Might Actually Be Like

What we know about the Hyperloop thus far can be summed up in a few exclamatory phrases: It’s visionary! It’s crazy! It’s impossible! But we haven’t really understood much about how Elon Musk’s totally tubular transportation system might actually work — until now.


Why Japan's Bullet Train Will Finally Bring High-Speed Rail To America

High-speed trains — which can hit 480km/h or more — are the ultimate example of how futuristic engineering can solve real-world transportation problems. In the past several decades, dozens of safe, sustainable high-speed train systems have started racing across the planet. And the place that does high-speed rail best is where it all started over 50 years ago: Japan.


What Is The Most Obnoxious Behaviour You've Seen On Public Transit?

Manspreading — the phenomenon where males require extra room on trains for their oversized scrotums — has been in the news lately with several reports of men being arrested on the New York City subway for occupying more than one seat. Surely this isn’t the worst offence committed on our public transportation systems?


America's Trains Suck Because Most Americans Don't Ride Them

Last week’s horrific Amtrak crash surfaced new concerns about the US’s neglect of its rail infrastructure, with blame falling on Congress for failing to allocate enough money to upgrade the system for safety. The truth is that trains would be the safest way to travel in this country — if more Americans embraced a future on rails.


The Simple Trick Subway Dispatchers Use To Get Service Back On Track

Sometimes it feels like all mass transit systems do is apologise for running behind schedule. New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority decided to create this video explainer for exactly why you were waiting so long for the L this morning. And they did it in with cute 8-bit graphics.


An RC Train That Delivers Tissues When You're Too Sick To Get Up

Briefly: You might not think you need a remote control tissue box designed to look like a Japanese subway train. But think back to the last time you were sick, and just getting out of bed felt more challenging than running a marathon. Now you see why $US34 for an RC train that can deliver tissues right to where you’ve crashed is definitely money well spent. [Japan Trend Shop]


The Massive Proving Ground Where Extraordinary New Trains Are Tested

General Electric’s development team just completed a year of field-testing for the new Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive. Some of the tests took place at the Federal Railroad Administration’s high-altitude testing circuit near Pueblo, Colorado at an elevation of 5000 feet above sea level. These photographs capture the train’s gruelling journey.


7 Machines That Are Meta As HellĀ 

What’s better then a monster machine? A meta machine. Here are a bunch of machines that really took the advice “Just do you!” to heart.


A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Falling On Train Tracks

The number of deaths linked to drunk passengers who wander off the platform and onto the tracks has steadily increased over the years. But a new study of these falls shows that many of them occur in the same way — and that there might be a few simple ways to prevent some of them.


The Futuristic Steam Train Of Our Dreams

Briefly: This is a concept design for a retro-futuristic steam train that can run on or off the rails. And holy crap is it gorgeous. Ricardo Chamizo is a 3D concept artist in the UK. You can see more of his incredible work on his website. [via Nuthin But Mech]