Wheel changing in Erlian

While we’re on the topic of Chinese trains, let’s talk about the Trans-Siberian Railway. Trust me, this actually does make sense. Let’s assume, for the moment, that you’re wanting to take the Trans-Siberian Railway (in either direction), though instead of going to Vladivostok on the Pacific coast … you go through China. (For the record, …

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Warden’s Former Rail Glory

Let me introduce you to the locality of Warden, Alberta. You’ll have a hard time finding it on a paper map these days — it’s barely a blip. Google Maps knows where it is … but it’s exact location might be subject to debate with some. And, truly, that’s the point — Warden’s existence is …

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Railway to Tibet

When I first heard about China building a railroad to Tibet, the first thing I thought was: This is going to be the most amazing train idea, ever! This was shortly followed by another thought: This may be the dumbest train idea, ever! Yeah, I know, very dual of me. There’s a reason. It’s less …

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Riding the Eagle Mountain Railroad

Some time ago, I came across a video of a couple of guys who’d build a little gasoline-powered go-kart, slapped it on some rails, and went for a ride. At first glance, I thought: “Boy is that stupid”. Riding on a railroad without being a part of the railroad company is one of those Very …

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Three-way in St. Thomas

Photo by Geoff S. St. Thomas, a small town in Ontario, was once the “Railway Capital of Canada“. Today, it’s pretty much the end of the line, the massive web of steel having been bought up, retired, abandoned, or removed entirely. From a train-lover’s perspective, it’s kinda sad, really. That said, from a trainstalking perspective, …

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Trailing the Old Put

So, here we go with The Trainstalker! And first up is courtesy of Scouting NY, who regularly reports on truly awesome things from The Big Apple. And this time out, he’s identified one of my person favourite train-related things: old urban lines that have been abandoned, but are still (somewhat)¬†recognizable, and are even rideable! Y’know, …

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