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  1. caravanman

    Video of massive investment in India Rail Network...

    Somewhat glossy blurb, but no denying the future ambitions of rail freight in India! DEDICATED INDIA FREIGHT LINES...
  2. caravanman

    France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights

    French lawmakers have moved to ban short-haul internal flights where train alternatives exist, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. Over the weekend, lawmakers voted in favour of a bill to end routes where the same journey could be made by train in under two-and-a-half hours. Connecting flights...
  3. caravanman

    Pensioner's Progress: Visiting India on a Pension...

    Having posted a partial report yesterday of my first visit to India, I thought folk might enjoy reading one taken since I retired, as a contrast. India has changed at an amazing rate since 1983! Please click the link: Visiting India on a Pension...
  4. caravanman

    My travel in India back in 1983!

    With the lockdowns and lack of travel opportunities, my thoughts turned to my first visit to India, back in 1983. I wrote letters home, and took slides, and these form the basis of the trip report now. The report is hosted on a site which is similar to AU, so folk chip in with comments after...
  5. caravanman

    Seat spacing in coach, re covid pandemic?

    I believe that solo passengers currently always get a double seat to themselves in coach, due to covid spacing criteria? I hear that daily services are re-starting late May, is there any info yet on whether the passengers will still be spaced apart, without a seating companion?
  6. caravanman

    Busy Tokyo trains webcam live stream video...

    Hi Folks, With lockdown boredom I tend to spend a lot more time watching youtube channels. I find this one of Tokyo quite interesting. It is raining there just now... ;) (May be different when you watch!) Tokyo trains webcam...
  7. caravanman

    Do we need "Long Distance " trains?

    Is it possible, given the distances between larger cities, to devise a train system something like this... Folk get on one train in the morning, travel all day, with appropriate intermediate station stops, and arrive somewhere to spend the night in a hotel. The train set can return to the...
  8. caravanman

    American Journeys by Rail...

    Enjoying perusing a large format photo book of the above title, published in 1988. A map shows the Amtrak network at that time, and I notice the Broadway Limited, the Pioneer, and the Desert Wind have all ceased since then. One puzzle for me is that the Sunset Limited is shown only from Los...
  9. caravanman

    Station reopening at Bow Street brings first trains for 56 years

    Station reopening at Bow Street brings first trains for 56 years - BBC News
  10. caravanman

    Winter warmer!

    Fellow train passengers enjoying a warming Brandy en route through the snowy hills above Budapest. Feb 2013. Steam and snow, Budapest hills 2013.
  11. caravanman

    Is Live Camera from Crewe Station, UK of interest?

    Is Live Camera from Crewe Station, UK of interest?
  12. caravanman

    World's largest manual signal box?

    Following on from the recent programme about the oldest rail bridge, I was surprised to learn that Severn Junction signal box is still a manual rather than electronic box/cabin. It is said to be the largest manually operated box in the world: Are there still manual boxes in use on any lines...
  13. caravanman

    Where’s the world’s oldest rail bridge in continuous use?

    I was viewing a tv programme available in the UK, entitled "The architecture the railways built". Interesting item about an early rail bridge. Where's the world’s oldest rail bridge in continuous use? - Network Rail
  14. caravanman

    How sunshine can make the railways greener...

    How sunshine can make the railways greener A step in the right direction... How sunshine can make the railways greener
  15. caravanman

    Using Amtrak in a wheelchair...

    I came across this youtube video of a person travelling by Amtrak train in a wheelchair. I thought it might be interesting for folk to see what the trip entailed from such a person's perspective...
  16. caravanman

    Whale sculpture catches crashed Dutch metro train

    Exactly what it says! Amazing! Whale sculpture catches crashed Dutch metro train
  17. caravanman

    New Pop Up sleeper train service in Europe!

    I have to confess that I am surprised to find there seem to be quite a few independent train companies operating in Europe these days. In my head the rail systems are French, Spanish, German, Italian, etc, national rail entities, but private companies are running trains too. I believe that the...
  18. caravanman

    Rail franchises axed as help for train firms extended...

    The government and the train companies are painting this as a good deal. But in reality, because of Covid, it's a fairly unsatisfactory scenario for all those concerned. The taxpayer will be liable for the losses on the railways for a much longer period of time. And with the virus spreading...
  19. caravanman

    Rail nationalisations may be coming down the track

    Our former British Rail public ownership of the UK rail system was broken up and sold off to several train operating companies, as well as track maintenance being performed by a different company. Due to the Covid-19 fall in passenger numbers, it seems that once the UK Govt. financial support...
  20. caravanman

    Rail Pass unavailable...

    Earlier today, I suggested a USA rail pass to someone contemplating a long circular trip. I tried to buy a rail pass, just as an experiment, and although the option is still on the Amtrak site, it does not connect through to buy one. Not a massive surprise, given the Covid-19 issues, and the...
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