In the absence of a complete car, have a 283 train. It's a tilting diesel multiple unit by Fuji. That means there's no separate locomotive as the engines are under the floors of the carriages. Oh, and it tilts. No, I don't know why the driver is so high up. » 3/28/15 5:18pm Saturday 5:18pm


Gave up trying to find a car that fitted the bill, so have a train. A Type 253 HST or Inter City 125 as used in the western parts of the UK in a 2+7 configuration, two locomotives and seven carriages. When introduced in the 1970s as a stop gap until the Advanced Passenger Train was put into service it was the fastest… » 3/25/15 9:52am Wednesday 9:52am

Trainlopnik and Random Pics

Took the boy to Stone Mountain Park for some hiking, climbing and guy time yesterday. Here is one of the park's 1950 vintage Electromotive FP7A diesels approaching a trail crossing. » 3/22/15 11:29am 3/22/15 11:29am

55 Injured After Train Collides With Truck In NC

An Amtrak train carrying 213 passengers collided with a truck carrying an oversize trailer in Halifax, NC today around noon. The driver of the truck was carrying a specialized load on a lowboy trailer and was being escorted by highway patrol. He was setting up the truck to make a difficult turn but the train came… » 3/09/15 10:18pm 3/09/15 10:18pm

The Rotary snow plow doesn't mess around

In response to the FP post, watch this excerpt from a National Geographic documentary my dad and I watched a million times when I was a kid. If it isn't auto set, start at 32:30. » 2/05/15 12:38am 2/05/15 12:38am

Planes, Trains and Automobiles! (photo dump)

I got off work yesterday and decided to go for a little drive. Along my journey, I stumbled upon one of St. Louis' hidden treasures: The St. Louis Museum of Transportation. I hadn't been since I was a little kid so I decided to stop in. The museum actually houses one of 55 (?) Chrysler Turbine cars! Enough of me… » 1/19/15 4:42pm 1/19/15 4:42pm

I feel too poor to be here

Got lucky with a ticket sale, so now I'm sitting in the business lounge at Union Station in Toronto. This place is so fancy. Free drinks and food and stuff. And the fire alarm has been going off for five or ten minutes now, and we've been told to stay seated and not be worried about it. Holy shit. Rich people don't… » 1/05/15 8:22am 1/05/15 8:22am

​What it means to be movin' like a freight train.

There's fast trains. There's big trains. To be pretty big AND fast is a defining position. Movin' like a freight train is to be an unstoppable force, taking all the bumps, be a perfectly oiled machine that won't ever quit. This is the UP-844. It weighs 500,000 pounds by itself. It's doing 75mph. (on 80 inch wheels… » 12/31/14 1:56pm 12/31/14 1:56pm

Why Did Nobody Bring This To My Attention?

Ambitious New High-Speed Rail Plan Will Fly Americans To Japan To Use Their Trains. This is brilliant. It's faster than taking the train from the US to Japan, and safer too! » 10/10/14 12:28pm 10/10/14 12:28pm

A few abandoned train photos for you

This past weekend I had the pleasure of exploring a set of abandoned train tracks full of rotting old streetcars. The place actually was (is?) a legit streetcar restoration business but they don't seem to be doing much restoring anymore. The tracks head back almost a mile into the woods and damn if it isn't amazing. » 8/20/14 12:41pm 8/20/14 12:41pm

Canadian TSB Releases Lac-Mégantic Investigation Report

Today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada released their final report on the investigation of the Lac-Mégantic derailment that killed forty-seven people. The full report is here [PDF] and 191 pages long, but I will try to summarize it as best as I can. » 8/19/14 2:02pm 8/19/14 2:02pm