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Alaskan Land Train

Built by the US Army in the 1950s, this colossus was designed to transport cargo in the arctic — operating like a train, but without tracks. It was used successfully for over a decade (for the last time in 1962), but was eventually made obsolete by the development of helicopters. Read more about it at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Dec 04, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: 1950's, Trains

Training For A Darwin Award

There's stupid, there's crazy, then there's THIS guy!
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Aug 01, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Can't Possibly Be True, Mental Health and Insanity, Goofs and Screw-ups, Trains

The Saluda Grade

The Saluda Grade is the steepest section of railroad in the USA. There have been numerous horrific tragedies involving runaway trains here. But this propaganda-cum-safety video from Southern Railway makes the whole affair seem a candidate for our boredom contest.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 09, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Boredom, Regionalism, Documentaries, 1980's, Trains


Runaway by Cordell Barker, National Film Board of Canada

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 17, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Cartoons, Goofs and Screw-ups, Trains

Lampo the Traveling Dog


Full story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 12, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Dogs, 1950's, Europe, Trains

The Anti-Collision Train

Imagine you're riding in a train, when you see another train hurtling toward you on the same track. No problem. You're on the "anti-collision train," designed by P.K. Stern of New York. It was a bold idea for improving travel safety, but it never caught on. The Strand magazine (1904) explained the concept:

A single track is used, on which railway-cars are caused to travel. Two cars are rushing towards each other at a speed of twenty-five miles an hour, so that a collision would, under ordinary conditions, be inevitable, when suddenly one of the cars runs, not into, but over the top of the other and lands on the track on the other side, where it continues in perfect safety to its destination. The underneath car has proceeded as if nothing had happened.

The cars, although they run upon wheels, are really travelling bridges, with overhanging compartments for the accommodation of passengers. Over the framed structure of the cars thus constituted an arched track is carried, securely fastened to the car and serving the purpose of providing a road-bed for the colliding car. This superimposed track is built in accordance with well-understood principles of bridge construction.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 01, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Inventions, Travel, Transportation, Trains

Speciality Model Railroad Figures





I never realized that you could decorate your model railroad layout with a variety of unconventional people.

Check out the whole assortment here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 07, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Stereotypes and Cliches, Toys, Trains

Railroad Motorbus


Over recent years the internet has featured several posts about the small automobiles that were adapted to run on railroad tracks and used for inspection purposes.

But I don't believe there's been much coverage of this short-lived scheme that turned street buses into railway vehicles.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 20, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Technology, 1920's, Bus, Trains

Horror Express

If you like the cheesy trailer in the first window, you can watch the whole movie in the second.

The real "horror" of course is Christopher Lee's Disco-NFL Mustache!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 03, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Death, Evil, Movies, 1970's, Hair and Hairstyling, Fictional Monsters, Trains

Dangerous Train Stunt

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 17, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Stupidity, Trains
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