There’s a good article in Marie Claire about how President-elect Joe Biden has become known as “Amtrak Joe” Will he be using a Presidential train to get around instead of a 10 ton armoured limo? Maybe. He’s been a regular Amtrak user for years and took a train journey in September on the campaign trail.… Read More Will “Amtrak Joe” Biden be taking the Presidential train?
An unexpected purchase last week included volumes 3 & 4 of ‘Modern Railway Working’ dated 1913. The in depth and diverse articles included civil engineering subjucts such as tunnelling, bridges etc and station lighting, along with motive power, workshop practice etc. Here’s the article on Rail Motor cars. At the time they were a new… Read More Rail Motor Cars
The New Zealand heritage Railway at Pleasant Point has a very unusual Ford Model T railcar. Originally they were built for rural lines in the Southland area of South Island in 1925. Based on a on a one-ton Model T Ford truck chassis, they never proved popular and were withdrawn in 1931. In the 1980’s… Read More Quaintest Railcar ever?
As well as being a designer and manufacturer of rather splendid cars, Ettore Bugatti also made railcars. The Bugatti railcars, known as autorails, were first built in 1933 as single, double or triple car units with two or four linked 12.7 ltr petrol engines. Each car had two 8 wheel bogies. The engines were surplus… Read More Bugatti Railcars
The Eichenberger Waldbahn (Forest Railway) was founded in 1986, when 18 narrow gauge enthusiasts bought 2 Henschel diesel locomotives from a local factory. Three years later they rented a former rail maintenance yard adjacent to Eichenberg main line station, in central Germany. The main focus of the centre is preservation and operation of 600mm gauge railway stock… Read More Eichenberg Forest Railway
“Mass Transit” – the Vaser Valley Railway, Romania has a very random assortment of converted vans that run on its 760mm narrow gauge track. Built between 1933-35, partly wrecked by the Nazis in WWII and rebuilt after, it was mainly a forestry railway, running for 50km in the Maramures region of Northern Romania. The converted vans… Read More Mass Transit, Romanian Style