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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 - Fri Feb 01, 2013 - Comments (9)
Category: Inventions, Travel, Transportation, Trains

Speciality Model Railroad Figures

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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 - Mon Jan 07, 2013 - Comments (3)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Stereotypes and Cliches, Toys, Trains

Railroad Motorbus

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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 - Tue Nov 20, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Technology, 1920s, 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 - Sun Jun 03, 2012 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Evil, Movies, 1970s, Hair and Hairstyling, Fictional Monsters, Trains

Dangerous Train Stunt

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

An Orchestra of Motion


When I was very little, growing up in a small suburb of Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most exciting things to do was to sit outside the barber shop and wait for the train to roll through town. Some people might say that would be as boring as watching grass grow, but they are not "railfans". So what's a railfan? The people who camp out for hours, and even days, to watch a train go by. According to Train Magazine, there are over 175,000 railfans in the United States and more than 24,000 railfan videos on YouTube. Bill Taylor, from Montana, sums it up the best by saying "It's an orchestra of motion." Learn more about railfans here.

Posted By: Nethie - Sun May 10, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Eccentrics, Obsessions, Travel, Trains

California State Fair—1913

Sorry about that failed post earlier today. The host seems to have deleted that video. Thanks go to Expat47 for bringing the matter to my notice.

Nonetheless, I've found the essential bit: the train collision.

Enjoy!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 15, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Destruction, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, 1910s, Trains

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