trains

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.


Monster Machines: The World's Fastest Train Is Ready To Ride

The world’s fastest maglev train, the 500km/h Series Lo prototype from JR Tokai, made its first public run on Saturday. One hundred lucky passengers took part in a 44km trip between Uenohara and Fuefuki… which took just five minutes to complete once the train got up to speed.


Monster Machines: This 'Flying Banana' Keeps Britain's Trains From Running Off The Rails

The UK rail system includes more than 16,000km of track, which, until relatively recently, had to be inspected at a walking pace. This laser-blasting, track-inspecting locomotive, however, does so faster than a speeding bullet (train).


These Amazing Autonomous Trains Are The Future Of London's Subway

Underground train lines may be dark and gloomy, but the rolling stock that uses them needn’t be. These sleek autonomous trains are what London plans to ferry its inhabitants in within the next 10 years.


A Tour Of The Futuristic Roof On California's High-Speed Rail Station

As the landmark signifying an entirely new way to travel throughout the state, California’s first high-speed rail station needs to look firmly towards the future. Thanks to a material called ETFE that turns its roof into a giant plastic balloon, this Anaheim station showcases groundbreaking design and engineering as part of its progressive transit mission.