High speed footage, recorded over a sixty year period, of the train journey from London’s Victoria station to Brighton on the south coast, that takes less than four minutes… what a way to travel to Brighton.
Although the journey has been filmed three times since 1953, in 1983, and then 2013, unless you have a super keen eye for detail, you’ll only discern fairly minor changes along the route.
Blink, and you’ll miss Clapham Junction, on the way out there.
Some run for almost ten hours, but this trip, of the train that runs between the Swiss towns of Vevey and Puidoux-Chexbres, clocking in at about eleven minutes, will give you a taste of what to expect. Go full screen for best results.
Arizona born photographer, turned train-hopper, Mike Brodie has spent much of the last ten years travelling across the US aboard freight trains, and has, needless to say, amassed a fair few photos in the process.
The world is a foul and meaningless place full of pimps and mutant wolves. And who isn’t fucked up and miserable about that fact? People with hobbies. It’s as though by finding something you love and climbing all up in it until it’s so tight around you that you can barely breathe, the misery can’t squeeze its way in. Maybe I’m oversimplifying it. Or maybe people with hobbies are as morbid as the rest of us but we only ever see their weirdly contented exteriors.
Doesn’t have to be model trains of course. I expect that anything on the up, that keeps the mind away from negative thoughts, would have the same affect though.
Canadian Jason Shron recently built an exact replica of a VIA Rail train carriage… in the basement of his home. Fitted out with original fixtures and fittings, salvaged from a carriage that was to be scrapped, it also has an audio-track mimicking the sound of a train moving along rail lines.
Just for a minute lets forget all the signal failure, the trains that didn’t show up, and what have you, and instead reflect on its positive aspects. And of those there are many. Imagine for instance trying to move across London if there were no tube at all?
Well if, and only if, the rail tracks in question are no longer in use, and I have to say some of the tracks featured here look to be in pretty good condition considering they’re meant to be disused, then rail riding with a go-kart specially adapted for use on train lines, looks like a fun way to while away a lazy summer’s afternoon.
Aside from trains, or just maybe other go-karts approaching from the opposite direction, you also need to be mindful of obstructions such as rocks or branches along the track, though mowing down overgrown weeds looks like it would add to the excitement.
By the way, there’s a wee bit of coarse language in case you’re watching this at work.
While the subway, or underground, train systems of many medium to large cities may not have been designed according to any sort of standard plan, or layout, each system is after all unique to the environment it is built in, they nonetheless have a number of common traits, no matter how divergent their individual design.
First, subway networks can be divided into a core and branches, like a spider with many legs. The “core” typically sits beneath the city’s center, and its stations usually form a ring shape. The branches, which are more linear, extend outward from the core in many directions. Second, the branches tend to be about twice as long as the width of the core. The wider the core, the longer the branches. And subway systems with more stations tend to have more branches. The number of branches corresponds roughly with the square root of the number of stations. Last, an average of 20 percent of the stations in the core link two or more subway lines, allowing people to make transfers.
If a local a landscape architect has his way, Sydney’s soon to be decommissioned monorail line could be turned into the equivalent of New York’s High Line, a disused network of elevated rail lines on the west side of Manhattan, that are now a public park.
His proposal would involve a three to five-metre-wide deck across the track, creating a 3.6-kilometre public walkway through the central business district. The High-Lane, as he calls it, could be used by joggers, cyclists, office workers, parents with prams and tourists. The existing pylons would become vertical gardens and Monorail stations would be transformed into pocket parks, cafes and gallery spaces.
I’m not sure the idea, that has been dubbed “The High-Lane”, would work though given Sydney’s monorail doesn’t have quite the same heritage, or even aesthetic, as New York’s old freight line. Improving Sydney’s public transport system, I think, probably needs to take higher priority over something like this.