Forgotten 1960s 'Thunderbirds' projects brought to life.
The "Multi-Unit Space Transport and Recovery Device" (MUSTARD), the "Jumping Jeep", and the "Intercity Vertical-Lift Aircraft". "British arms company BAE has recently been through its archives and publicised some of the projects dreamed up in the glory days of the 1960s, when designers' imaginations were allowed to run riot with little consideration of practicality or budget." From The Economist magazine,
which has period sketches of the designs.
posted by alasdair
on Jun 22, 2013 -
The Unst Bus Shelter website
has been updated, and remains as charming as ever, 10 years on. It has been occasionally mentioned on the Blue, but the new version of the site shows that it just keeps on getting better. The shelter has even been praised by UK film critic, Mark Kermode who visited it
when it doubled as a two person cinema
. It has also hosted the crown jewels, beer drinking hamsters and music festivals.
posted by quarsan
on Mar 17, 2011 -
In this, the fifth NVArt competition, artists from all over the world are challenged to create vehicle designs for a future on the move ... transport in the style of Syd Mead.
, Honorable Mentions
posted by Artw
on Sep 30, 2010 -
Out in the Sort
is a 2005 New Yorker article that provides a look behind the scenes at UPS. From repairing laptops, to warehousing every available Bentley car part, to running its own postsecondary institution, UPS is expanding beyond its traditional role as a shipper of goods.
posted by reformedjerk
on Nov 19, 2009 -
ran a series of articles looking at the state of high-speed rail travel today. France intends to double its length of track over the next decade
, and China is planning a massive rail-building programme
, including a high-speed line which will halve the travel time between Beijing and Shanghai to 4 hours. In Germany
, domestic air travel is rapidly going extinct, and Spain's network has made day trips between Madrid and Barcelona a possibility
. The USA, which has long neglected its rail network, is planning up to 10 high-speed lines
. Meanwhile, Britain's only high-speed line goes to France, but there is talk of a 250mph line from London to Birmingham and beyond
, possibly by the early 2020s. Meanwhile, the CEO of France's rail operator, SNCF, weighs in on what the UK should do
posted by acb
on Aug 7, 2009 -
The Future Generator
at the London Transport Museum
is a forecasting look at the effect of transport on climate change in London. But you can get a sense of history as well. The museum's collection originated in the 1920s, when the London General Omnibus Company decided to preserve two Victorian horse buses and an early motorbus for future generations. They moved to the present location in 1980. Londoners can take a trip back in time
on the Metropolitan line and enjoy a special day out in Metro-land as two historic electric trains run special excursions on Sunday 14 September 2008. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Sep 2, 2008 -
is everything the Segway is, but cheaper. Electric engine, 16-25 kilometers (10-15 miles) on a charge. Looks like fun [8mb qt]
for only less than EU1000 ($1300 US). (Currently not available in the US.)
posted by Dave Faris
on Jun 14, 2007 -
The London Necropolis Railway
During the first half of the 19th century, London's population more than doubled and the number of London corpses requiring disposal was growing almost as fast. Cemetery space in the city had failed to keep pace with this growth, and so the vast new Brookwood Cemetery
- the London Necropolis - was built in Surrey. Brookwood was the largest burial ground in the world when it was opened in 1854 by the London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Company. To get there, the deceased and their mourners - segregated by class - could catch a train
from Westminster. The Necropolis Railway survived until World War 2, when it was heavily damaged
. The railway was subsequently closed as motorised hearses became more popular. See also: Also: a six part Fortean Times article extracted from Google's cache [1 2 3 4 5 6
posted by carter
on Aug 1, 2005 -
Imagine rocking down to the shops on this thing.
The Wheelsurf is a motorised monocycle powered by a chainsaw engine. Designed by Brazilian engineer Tito Lucas Ott, the rider sits inside the turning wheel, and steers by leaning the whole machine into corners – hence 'surfing'. The wheelsurfer takes practice to master and you need to be relatively well coordinated. Weight distribution, body balancing and throttle all play a part in a successful ride. See images
. Via Beyond Tomorrow
posted by sjvilla79
on Jun 15, 2005 -
What is it
with the London Underground
and the internet? As many MeFi posts have noted before
, no other subway system in the world has quite as many websites and applications devoted to it (why is this?). Until now the bulk of these applications have been based around maps, but the 'tube' has just got an independent site that is story-based. The brand new site at www.yourstation.co.uk
wants you to write stories about the networks famous stations. Each gets its own homepage, you fill it with stories or simply read those that have gone before. Want to know how Mudchute
got its name? You now know where to look.
posted by MrMerlot
on Apr 5, 2005 -