FYI On Amtrak 188: The Investigation is Ongoing

The crash was less than 24 hours ago, and the fact-finding part of the investigation is far from over. It will be a while before investigators begin forming theories, let alone conclusions from those facts. Those may not come for weeks, or more likely, months. Any speculation on he “how” of the event is just that,… » 5/13/15 8:52pm 5/13/15 8:52pm

Ever wonder what the electronics inside a commuter train look like?

Answer: lots of relays (and other stuff). Some tech must have left this cabinet open on the RER B. It was fun listening to their clicking and clacking as the train pulled up to and away from platforms. Seen on the way to pick my parents up at the airport this morning. Showing them Paris for the next few days so I… » 4/03/15 7:25pm 4/03/15 7:25pm

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

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

​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