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Double Arrow: British Rail Corporate Identity from 1965–1994

This is a website about the British Rail Corporate Identity from 1965–1994 which includes a wealth of digitised examples of British Rail design material collected over several years. I hope you find it useful and inspiring, whether you're a practitioner or historian of graphic design, a scale modeller or simply a connoisseur of corporate design at its aesthetically satisfying best.
posted by jack_mo on Oct 22, 2016 - 16 comments

5 videos of model trains serving up restaurant orders

Exactly what it says on the tin. Model trains delivering food! Let's start with Prague's Výtopna restaurant; more below. [more inside]
posted by duffell on Aug 31, 2016 - 20 comments

How do we increase accessibility?

What Works: The Train That Saved Denver - "How Denver overcame regional factionalism to build a rail system that is a model for 21st century growth... it all happened, Hickenlooper and others note, because Coloradans across the base of the Front Range were willing to set aside crippling rivalries and make some big collective investments in themselves." (viz. Spain, cf. California & Florida; via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Aug 8, 2016 - 17 comments

The Weed Route

In the winter of 1980 The Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) abandoned almost 2000 miles of track between Miles City, Montana and Cedar Falls, Washington -- part of a passenger and freight shipping route known as the “Pacific Coast Extension.” Today, what's left of the Extension is "cut up among different railroads and the best engineered rail line through the rugged Rockies and Cascades is but weeds and trails, a vital transportation artery no longer available to shippers and the American economy." But in August 1980, before it was abandoned, two former locomotive firemen and engineers spent $400 to rescue a track-maintenance railway car, a 1952 M-19 Fairmont Speeder, from a scrap heap in a Maine train yard. They used it to travel the route and took photos along the way. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 27, 2016 - 20 comments

Dancing about infrastructure

Stretching 57km (35mi) under the Swiss Alps, the Gotthard Base Tunnel officially became the world's longest and deepest active tunnel when it opened for service earlier today, completing a critical link in Europe's rail network. The tunnel's completion was commemorated by an extravagant ceremony and interpretive dance. [The last two links may be NSFW]
posted by schmod on Jun 1, 2016 - 53 comments

Norfolk Southern, What's your Function

The Norfolk Southern Railroad in 2013 premiered a pretty radical television commercial for a railroad in these times. Riffed from a possibly recognizable song and directed by cinematographer Samuel Bayer, who has produced music videos for rock bands including The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Nirvana, Aerosmith, The Cranberries, Smashing Pumpkins, & Justin Timberlake, it drew heavily on the skills of working railroaders and the precise maneuvering of tens of thousands of tons of heavy equipment. Making Of.
posted by pjern on May 25, 2016 - 22 comments

Thomas the Tank Engine Like You've Never Seen Him Before! (NSFW, SLYT)

They were the stories that have charmed an entire generation. From the books, to the television series, people around the world have grown up with the Railway Stories. But the truth behind Thomas and his friends is no childrens story. It is a story that begins in wartime Germany, and ends with a discovery that would change Thomas, and his friends, lives forever.
posted by Small Dollar on May 13, 2016 - 24 comments

Yamanote Eki-Melo

The Yamanote Line is the most famous and well-travelled train line in Tokyo. Each station on the Yamanote plays a song (eki-melo, "train melody", 発車メロディ or "hassha melody") when trains are about to depart, differing by platform, direction and station. Click any post to listen to that station's eki-melo! (Links to sound clips can be tricky to discern - begin with the station list, find a station you like and then click on the title of song which follows the platform & station names.) [more inside]
posted by timshel on May 12, 2016 - 11 comments

Lego and trains. Two great tastes that taste great together

A lego train with a GoPro on it touring 50 meters of track, indoors and outdoors. There were also horrible rail disasters [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Apr 27, 2016 - 40 comments

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaugh

Trains in distress. (slyt)
posted by brennen on Feb 26, 2016 - 24 comments

My images investigate America.

"Coming from a background in Political Science, I find the rapid changes in social structure unique to this country an abundant source for creating pictures that stand as visually and historically interesting." [more inside]
posted by entropone on Feb 25, 2016 - 4 comments

Rails past and present

Rail Map Online Maps showing all rail lines both past and present. Currently covered areas: UK & Ireland and Western USA.
posted by jontyjago on Feb 17, 2016 - 15 comments

Capturing Northern Rail, one station at a time

Scott Willison has been diligently visiting and "collecting" train stations in Northern England on his blog Round The North We Go for the past 8 years; he first started with Merseyrail, but later expanded to include every station on the Northern Rail map. The end is finally in sight, just as Arriva takes over the Northern Rail franchise next year. (Important note: Scott is not a trainspotter.)
posted by plasticpalacealice on Dec 24, 2015 - 7 comments

RailFolk: The human side of railroading

North Bank Fred, described in the New York Times as "[p]erhaps the most well-known recreational hobo," runs a website that's packed with fascinating photographs and stories of the life on the rails. Want to know more about nomadic rail ways? Then let's visit the The Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture, "preserves and promotes railroad culture by documenting and furthering the art, music, literature, community, and work of those who, historically and in modern times, travel or work on the railroads of North America." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Dec 16, 2015 - 24 comments

Watch the trains go up and down

The Berlin Transportation Authority has built a website where you can see all of the trains, trams, buses and ferries moving through the city in real-time. Real-time map of Berlin subway system. [more inside]
posted by colfax on Nov 20, 2015 - 18 comments

"Trains are quieter than people think."

A woman is arrested for trespassing after doing yoga poses for photos on the live tracks of the Washington DC metro, months after photographs surfaced. Barely a month before her arrest, in a nearby DC suburb, a train runs over a teenager who was posing for photographs with his girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Oct 11, 2015 - 129 comments

Engineering the BART System

Engineering Geology of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) System, 1964-75 (J. David Rogers & Ralph B. Peck, published 2000) chronicles the construction of the subterranean components of BART.
posted by DrAmerica on Aug 27, 2015 - 17 comments

This train is coming like a ghost train

Near empty trains rattle around the countryside at odd hours of the day and night... Why Britain has secret ghost trains [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jul 26, 2015 - 32 comments

Under Bridges, Over Bridges

It's been a while since we took to the rails together so it's time to buy our tickets and climb aboard for another trip around the world in the drivers cab. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Jul 25, 2015 - 8 comments

Bloooop, Hissss, Chugga Chugga

Sometimes you wake up in the morning and you think, "Hey, I wish it sounded like a train station in here". Turns out this mysterious person* recorded a bunch of Japanese stations for your benefit! [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on May 14, 2015 - 17 comments

“When you consider investment priorities, safety comes last,” she said.

Technology to reduce speeding trains absent from many train lines, including the section of the most recent derailment. Just one day after the Philadelphia train derailment, the House votes against increased Amtrak funding [more inside]
posted by sio42 on May 14, 2015 - 29 comments

“This is a real-estate deal but not a real-estate deal,”

New Balance Bought Its Own Commuter Rail Station [The Atlantic]
If you were in a generous mood, you might call the public transportation system here troubled. Otherwise, you’d call it an ancient, broke, disorganized, mess. The MBTA owes $9 billion in debt. Trains are old. They often can’t run in the snow, which is problematic in a city that got 109 inches last winter. Still, the city of Boston is growing as Millennials and Boomers alike look for walkable, dense places to live. Boston needs more transit, but the state can’t help much: Governor Charlie Baker has proposed cutting $26 million from the state Department of Transportation and $14 million of MBTA funding. So when athletic company New Balance decided to expand its headquarters and build retail, a hotel, a track, and skating rink in one Boston neighborhood not served by public transit, it didn’t wait for the city to agree to build new train stations or add bus routes, which could have taken years. Instead, it decided to build a commuter rail station itself.
posted by Fizz on May 12, 2015 - 75 comments

If you ever go to Japan, ride the trains and weep

Why can't America have Great Trains?
...Amtrak, which runs a deficit and therefore depends on money from Washington, remains on a seemingly permanent path to mediocrity.
What gives, exactly? Why can't Amtrak create any momentum for itself in the political world? Why is the United States apparently condemned to have second-rate trains?
Part of the answer, of course, is geography: Density lends itself to trains, and America is far less dense than, say, Spain or France. But this explanation isn't wholly satisfying because, even in the densest parts of the United States, intercity rail is slow or inefficient.
posted by frimble on May 4, 2015 - 166 comments

This is just cover up after Hamburg got caught building a vampire train

Having trouble getting off the train? Crowds can get in the way, or sometimes an extremely bored bricklayer just seals you in the car.
posted by selfnoise on Apr 30, 2015 - 48 comments

Mystery Train

Southwark Park Tube Station has been rediscovered after 100 years. Workers uncovered the 'ghost station' during construction of the new Thameslink line. Although Network Rail knew the location of the site, which closed in 1915 due to the war, it was still a surprise that so much of the original 1902 structure remained intact. Southwark Park was only open for 13 years but had already made it into transport history as the home of Corbett's Lane signal box, said to be the first regular signal box in the world. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband on Apr 22, 2015 - 25 comments

Dashing Thru the Snow

CN Train 406 West didn't seem to mind the snow in Salisbury, NB on Tuesday.
posted by pjern on Feb 5, 2015 - 51 comments

Know When To Run

Over Christmas engineering works on train lines into London failed. This is a review of the report into that failure. It's a fascinating read about cascading failure and errors in project planning. And, for once, read the comments.
posted by Gilgongo on Jan 25, 2015 - 50 comments

Hakata-yuki

How long does it take to get from Tokyo to Hakata riding the Nozomi #11 on the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen line? About 5 hours and 14 minutes.
posted by Sokka shot first on Jan 19, 2015 - 31 comments

Covering Our Tracks

Covering Our Tracks "My son and I are building an HO scale model train layout. [...] We have a long way to go. This project will involve carpentry, electrical wiring, building and soldering a control panel, laying track, model building, landscaping, painting, and, most of all, patience. Some of these skills we have, some we can learn, others we'll just do the best we can." [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 2, 2014 - 21 comments

All aboard.

Meet the 24 writers chosen for the Amtrak Residency program (previously!). [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 24, 2014 - 43 comments

Explosive Crude By Rail

Do you or your family live, work, or go to school within the potential blast radius of the next Lac-Mégantic?
posted by 256 on Aug 19, 2014 - 67 comments

Riding the rails, safely

Railbikes are pretty self-explanatory. You take a bike, attach an extra wheel sidecar-style, jump on some railroad tracks, and ride. There's no need to steer, so you can look around as you pedal. You stick to abandoned railroad tracks so there's no surprises either. It's not a new idea, dating back well over 100 years to the first bikes, and recently even custom bike builders have devised their own versions. More at Flickr on the railbike tag and in the railbike group. There's even a book about it .
posted by mathowie on Aug 4, 2014 - 20 comments

Metro System Ambiance

Algiers Athens Bangkok Barcelona Beijing Berlin Buenos Aires Cairo Caracas Chicago Copenhagen Delhi Dubai Glasgow Guangzhou Istanbul Lima London Kolkata Kuala Lumpur Madrid Manila Mecca Mexico City Milan Montreal Moscow Munich New York Oslo Paris Philadelphia Prague Pyongyang Recife Rome Saint Petersburg Santiago Seoul Shanghai Shenzhen Singapore Sofia Sydney Stockholm Taipei Tehran Tokyo Vienna
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 13, 2014 - 47 comments

Ever wanted to be Cary Grant in North by Northwest? Now you can.

Pullman rail cars: A detour back through time [more inside]
posted by valkane on Apr 13, 2014 - 27 comments

Welcome aboard the leaning locomotive line

The old Maumee & Western Railroad, in northwestern Ohio, had, arguably, the worst railroad track in existence. Built in a swamp, the line has, apparently, never had any maintenance since it was completed in 1964. Railfans used to travel there hoping to catch the (seemingly inevitable) derailment. So far as can be found, it never happened.
posted by pjern on Mar 23, 2014 - 26 comments

Then the game gets interesting again as you will be back to trains.

Crates in video games. (previously) Trains in video games. Birds in video games. Wall art in video games. Luchadores in video games. Foliage in video games. (previously) Logic in video games. Easter eggs (secret content) in video games. Normal eggs (and other food) in video games. Toilets in video games. Improved women's armor in video games (slightly NSFW). (previously) Bears in video games. Mickey Mouse in video games. Love in video games.
posted by Evilspork on Mar 18, 2014 - 21 comments

Trains Are Wonderful And People…?

Come on in and sit down. I wanna talk to you about trains for a minute. That's pretty much it. Still chuckling...
posted by Namlit on Mar 13, 2014 - 47 comments

metro trains

mini subway game alpha
posted by garlic on Mar 7, 2014 - 91 comments

Their Motives were just plain Loco

If you've time to spare, the Unusual Locomotives page is a good index for your perusal. [more inside]
posted by pjern on Mar 7, 2014 - 12 comments

I think I can...

On this date in 1804, at Penydarren Ironworks in Wales, the first locomotive hauled passengers and freight for the first time. Richard Trevithick was the inventor who created it.
posted by agatha_magatha on Feb 21, 2014 - 7 comments

Would make for some steamy slash

Tim Hall wonders if model railways are a form of fanfiction.
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 20, 2014 - 50 comments

Wheels of steel, rolling on wood: pole roads from the history of logging

If you're looking around historic logging regions, you might come across trucks, trains or even just axles with strange, wide steel wheels. They weren't intended to run on very large tires, but pole roads for logging. Here are some trains designed for such log roads, and here's a history of logging trucks that includes three types of wooden roads used to improve logging access. Here's a short clip of a logging train running on an elevated log track, and if you're thinking about building your own log road, The Timberman provides a lot of details and some schematics (Google books), straight out of 1918.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 22, 2014 - 7 comments

An eye pleasing NY/NJ rail map.

Inspired by the Massimo Vignelli NYC subway map and the upcoming Super Bowl at the Meadowlands, NJ Transit unveils a new Regional Transit Diagram (pdf) to help people take public transit between New York and New Jersey. [more inside]
posted by fings on Dec 12, 2013 - 28 comments

All Tokyo trains in real time.

All Tokyo trains in real time.
posted by KokuRyu on Oct 15, 2013 - 47 comments

Big Boy

Not this guy. Not this guy, either. It's this little fella. [more inside]
posted by pjern on Jul 30, 2013 - 20 comments

Mad dogs and Englishmen

An unusually sustained heatwave oppresses the UK, as temperatures have climbed above 82 degrees Fahrenheit for 11 days, the longest hot spell since 2006. Roads melt in England and Wales, rail lines buckle in England and Scotland, hospital admissions spike and wildfires burn. Swimming-related, army training and heat-related, deaths have increased. The Met Office currently hold a Level Three Heat Advisory for several regions (Level Four is "National Emergency"), while tabloids indulge in traditional "England is hotter than {exotic place}" headlines. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Jul 19, 2013 - 263 comments

Time flies by when you're the driver of a train

You may remember the 7.5 hour documentary released in 2009 which allowed you to travel the journey between Bergen to Oslo from the comfort of your home. If your wanderlust was fired up watching that video, then you may enjoy some of the other trips you can take. Switzerland: [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on May 25, 2013 - 28 comments

[redacted]

"WNYC and The Record asked, separately, for documentation of NJ Transit’s hurricane preparedness plans. Both news organizations received the same reply: a three-and-a-half page document with the words “New Jersey Rail Operations Hurricane Plan” atop the first page. Everything else was blacked out." [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero on May 14, 2013 - 37 comments

Good News Railfans!

Beginning later this year, Amtrak will begin replacing its 30-year-old fleet of locomotives on the Northeast Corridor and Keystone Corridor with brand new trains. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on May 13, 2013 - 62 comments

I've come twenty-seven hundred miles from Chi, Illinois.

Incredible Images of Teenage Freight Train Hitchhikers, by Mike Brodie. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on May 7, 2013 - 47 comments

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