Let’s state the obvious: trains in america are awful. They’re slow, expensive, and not very reliable. And there are a few, largely unsolvable reasons why that’s the case.
In my adolescence, I based many of my conceptualisations of Japan on three sometimes questionable sources: my Japanese language lessons programme, Japanese TV, and, yes, anime/manga. And they were all completely dead-on about how awful commuting by train in Tokyo really is.
Japanese train-travel company Seibu Railway hopes to make a major design leap in time for their 100th anniversary; a new line of fast commuter trains that “blend into the landscape.”
Japanese train doors shut rather quickly, but they usually warn you with a a jingle. That jingle is a lot like a yellow light. It should be understood to mean, “the train is leaving, don’t bother,” but many people instead think of it as “run, run, run! Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze!” This is one of the few times where the…
There’s a lot of things in life we’re so used to, it’s hard to imagine that they’re not just some law of nature, like gravity or running water over the toothpaste on your toothbrush to ‘set’ it. One of these fundamentals is the fact that the rear of cars have red lights on them. But why, exactly, is that? Why red,…
French railway operator SNCF has to spend $68 million on widening platforms after mixing up measurements and ordering hundreds, maybe thousands, of new trains that are simply too big for the stations.
Charles T. Harvey finished building the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway elevated line up Greenwich Street in 1867. Here's how he tested it out.
America is a car country. We always have been, and we probably always will be. But as much as we all love driving, we have to recognize that there are some downsides to not having a first-rate rail system like Europe or Japan.
The broke-ass alternative travelers of Punk Nomad have shown that abandoned railroad tracks are more than just a rusty eyesore, but a whole world of potential for home-built motorized railroad carts, for adventure, and for carefree drunk driving.
I should point out here that smoking on the London Underground is illegal, but a more suitable punishment than decapitation would've been a fine or short jail sentence. Thinking he could get away with a crafty fag on the small joining between carriages, the 52-year-old slipped and fell onto the train tracks, and was…
Dude! Get off the tracks! What the hell are you thinking—oh, I see what you did there.
We've spent so much time talking about hatred on public transportation today, let's take a moment to consider the things that we love about it, okay? Here are a couple of cute subway-related videos that will make you go, "Awww."
Know what's worse than someone yelling on the train? Someone yelling on the train and making a complete ass of herself. Here is a self-identified "educated" woman yelling at a Metro-North train conductor who told her to pipe down. It's pretty incredible.
Michael Powell and Juergen Horn travel the world trying to live in different places for just 91 days at a time before moving on. In rural Bolivia, they came across this: the scenic and harrowing bus-train.
This robot has been developed by Japanese researchers to take advantage of 'ground effects,' which allows the craft to hover off the ground at an extremely low height, thereby avoiding friction.
A British man earned a sentence of three-and-a-half years in prison thanks to this run from the bobbies, where he hit 90 mph and dodged an oncoming train at a closed crossing. Jason Statham would look impressed if he could.
In a scene that looks straight out of a sci-fi movie, a miner climbs on excavated rocks after a giant drill machine breaks through the final section Sedrun-Faido, at the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel.
These photos purport to be from a Canadian National locomotive engine that literally threw a piston into a home near the track in Independence, Louisiana. The piston from a 212-ton V16 diesel-powered train's not small.
A train from Baltimore to Philadelphia stalled on the tracks for ten hours last night. With doors locked and electricity waning, passengers cried and fought for emergency rations. A local news reporter happened to be on board, and tweeted it.
Monorails used to be the vision of futuristic travel. Now, that mode of transit has been mostly reduced to inter-terminal airport travel and family theme parks. Take a step back in time and gander at these bullet-shaped babies in action.