Today I learned about Benson rafts, huge rafts up to 1000 feet long made of thousands of logs lashed together that used to be floated across 1,100 miles of open ocean from the mouth of the Columbia River to San Diego as a cheaper alternative to sending the logs by rail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
The Quintinshill rail disaster in 1915 was the worst railway accident in UK history, involving a 4 train crash with fire caused by gas lighting. Over 200 were killed, and a witness reported seeing an officer shooting people trapped in burning carriages with no hope of rescue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
Experimental jet-engined trains were actually a thing back in the 1960s. The Black Beetle reached a speed of 183.68 mph, an American rail speed record that still stands today. youtube.com/watch?v=1m1p1…
Today I learned that Chinas high-speed rail network is 500 times longer than the US high-speed rail network and accounts for two thirds of the global total. eesi.org/papers/view/fact…
London had an underground "mail rail" atlasobscura.com/articles…
A 2 year old boy named James Bulger was taken away from his mother and murdered by two 10 year old boys. The boys threw paint in his face, threw bricks and dropped a 10kg rod on his head. In order to cover their tracks, they left James on rail tracks to make it look like a train accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Delhi Metro was certified by the United Nations in 2011 as the first metro rail and rail-based system in the world to get carbon credits, reducing carbon emission levels in the city by 630,000 tonnes every year. bbc.com/news/world-south-…
The Duke of Wellington had a profound hatred of rail travel after witnessing a fellow politician getting crushed by a train. After death, his body was transported by train back to London for the state funeral. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
In 1981 a train with 800 passengers derailed and fell into the Baghmati river in India leading to 500 casualties. Cause- A Cow crossing the rail tracks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bih…
Skyscrapers shrink over time due to building materials compressing. This shrinkage is large enough that elevator guide rails in the highest skyscrapers need to be mounted to sliding clips, instead of attached solidly, so they can move when the building shrinks instead of warping. hitachi.com/rev/archive/2…
Seattle's Sound Transit renamed its proposed "Red Line" rail because the name evoked "redlining," the historic practice of denying mortgage loans to poor, mostly minority, neighborhoods, which further impoverished them. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Today I learned about Jack London. Oyster pirate, Socialist, and rail rider. Berkeley attendee, trekked the Yukon and Chilkoot Pass, took a rowboat 1500 miles down the Yukon River to the Bering Sea. Built his own yacht and mansion and wrote 23 novels, 7 plays, short stories, and poems. Died of alcoholism age 40 smithsonianmag.com/histor…
During sometime during the Late 80's. Incase of Nuclear Attack, The Peacekeeper Rail Garrison was a Rail Garrison System used to Store 50 MGM--118A Peacekeeper International Ballistic Missles into boxcars, It got cancelled and Two remain, 1 In USA. And 1 in Soviet Union (Russia) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
When the first steam engine was built in 1804, people were worried that the speed would make rail passengers unable to breathe or that they would be shaken unconscious by the vibrations dkfindout.com/us/transpor…
Today I learned of Binky the polar bear who lived in Alaska Zoo where he mauled two visitors who jumped over the safety rails on separate occasions. After the maulings Binky merchandise was sold with the slogan β€œSend another tourist, this one got away” & his cage was upgraded to keep visitors out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin…
Roller coasters use three sets of wheels to keep the trains on the track. Running wheels which are on top of the rails, side friction wheels which are on the side of the rails, and up-stop wheels which are under the rails. This is why inversions and negative-g moments are possible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
Japan's rail workers use pointing-and-calling, a system of associating one’s tasks with physical movements and vocalizations to prevent errors. It is known to reduce workplace errors by up to 85 percent, according to one 1996 study. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A Japanese rail company has apologised after a train left a station 25 seconds early. The operator said, "the great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable". bbc.com/news/world-asia-4…
The United States has less operational high speed rail than North Africa; China has the world's largest amount of rail, whooping the pants off all of Europe combined. China 31K, Europe 18K, the US 54. That's not a typo, 54 miles. North Africa 186mi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There are plans to dig a tunnel under the Baltic Sea, directly linking Finland and Estonia's capital cities by rail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Atlanta didn't become the capital of Georgia (US state) until just after the Civil War in 1868. Prior to that, Milledgeville was the capital. The capital was moved due to Atlanta having better rail access and a larger population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atl…
After annexing Crimea in 2014, Russia began planning construction on the longest bridge in Europe, a 19km road and rail bridge connecting Crimea with mainland Russia. Such a bridge had been considered since 1903, it was completed in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
Over the Shinkansen's (Japan's Highspeed Rail) 50-plus year history, carrying over 5.3 billion passengers, there has been not a single passenger fatality or injury due to train accidents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
A scientist grew mold in a dish, placing it in the center representing Tokyo and oat flakes around it the other cities in the area. It first filled the space with plasmodia, and then thinned the network to focus on well connected branches. The network strikingly resembled Tokyo's rail system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
Although being a famous runaway wedding destination the Scottish town of Gretna Green has the dubious honour of holding the worst rail disaster in British History. With the precise death toll never established (but believed to be 226) those killed were mainly heading for Gallipoli. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
When the painting 'The Chelsea Pensioners reading the Waterloo Dispatch' was first exhibited at the Royal Academy summer exhibition in 1822 it was so popular that a rail was installed to protect it from the crowds. This was the first time that a rail was needed at the Royal Academy exhibition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Scientists put slime mold onto a model of a map of Tokyo, with food representing urban centers. After a day, it created a network almost identical to Tokyo’s actual rail network. Human designers created that network to be as efficient as possible; slime mold did the same, but without a brain theatlantic.com/science/a…
In Japan there are trains that bark like dogs to scare deer that come to lick the rails to get iron technology.inquirer.net/7…
Trains drop sand on the rails automatically to improve traction on hills and wet leaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
That, after China, Spain has highest amount of high speed rail track. A lot more than than France. worldatlas.com/articles/c…
Today I learned of a bird species, the Aldabra white-throated rail, that has gone extinct, and evolved back into existence, twice! academic.oup.com/zoolinne…
If you're having trouble at a Japanese Rail Ticket Machine, a secret hatch will pop open next to the machine and a helper will pop out of it to manually finish the transaction for you. soranews24.com/2013/03/08…
In the 1890s service on the Empire State Express rail service between New York City and Buffalo was about 1 hour faster than Amtrak's service in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
At one of Tokyo's busiest train stations, a rail line was converted from an above-ground line into a subway. There were zero service interruptions. The lowering of the rail line's tracks into its subway position was done in one night, during its normal service off hours lasting ~4 hours. youtube.com/watch?v=wIbZq…
Switzerland is home to the most dense rail network in Europe of 5,250 KM which carries 596 million passengers per year. The world's longest & deepest railway tunnel is in Switzerland at 57 KM long & the average Swiss travels 2,550 KM by rail each year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
Until the 18th century, time was normally determined in each town by a local sundial. Time only became standardised with the introduction of railway travel as rail companies needed to have a correct timetable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
The makers of the 'Airplane!' and "Naked Gun" movies bought a horse just to make a joke. They named the horse All Pink and instructed the jockey not to win but to stay on the inside rail the whole race just to hear the play-by-play announcer say "Its All Pink on the inside". thelaughbutton.com/featur…
World War Two made a bird go extinct. Starving Japanese troops stranded on the blockaded Wake Island ate every last Wake Island Rail until the species was no more. fieldguidetoextinctbirds.…
The Tianxingzhou Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan measures 504 m at its main span, making it the longest combined road and rail cable-stayed span in the world. As of 2012 there are at least half a dozen of road crossings of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, as well as a subway line under the river en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tia…
Today I learned of the Schienenzeppelin or rail zeppelin, a propeller-powered train that reached the speed of 230kph (143mph) back in 1931. It was considered impractical because it was unable to go uphill easily, and because the 2m long propeller on the back could hit and severely hurt people on stations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The VIA Rail Station at Ottawa is considered one of the finest examples of the International style in Canadian architecture. Built in 1966, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada named the station as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
Today I learned about 'Sherman's Neckties' where during the American Civil War Union troops destroyed rail road lines by heating the rails until they were were malleable and twisting them into loops resembling neckties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Today I learned of the Staplehurst rail crash, a train derailment that killed 10 and injured 40 on June 9, 1865. Among the survivors was Charles Dickens, who tended to some of the victims. The experience affected Dickens greatly and he died 5 years to the day after the accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The world's first commercial airline flight occurred on 1 January 1914 when the former mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, flew 21 miles (34 kilometers) to Tampa, Florida. The flight took 23 minutes. Ordinarily, the trip would have taken 2 hours by steamship or 4 hours or more by rail. space.com/16657-worlds-fi…
Today I learned of the Wake Island rail, a flightless bird that was only found on a tiny island formed from exposed coral, with no sources of fresh water. Sadly, it went extinct after thousands of Japanese troops were stranded there during WW2 and were forced to eat it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wak…
Stadler, a German rail car manufacturer, named some of their models SMILE, FLIRT, WINK, KISS and TANGO. stadlerrail.com/en/produc…
Today I learned about The Dinky, A Short 5 Minute Train Ride That Also Happens To Be Shortest Scheduled Commuter Rail Line in the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Passenger rails with speeds not high enough to be called "high-speed rails" are described as "higher-speed rails". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Scotland's worst rail disaster, the Quintinshill collision, occurred just down the road from Lockerbie, site of Scotland's worst air disaster. youtube.com/watch?v=mnbs_…
The United States has the longest and most connected rail network in the world. business.time.com/2012/07…

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