World’s Strangest

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The Bennie Railplane

This mass-transit railway was a propeller-driven train suspended beneath a monorail in Glasgow, Scotland. The test track for the Bennie Railplane was built in the 1930s, but the system was never implemented wider because of the economic difficulties of the time. See more pictures at Dark Roasted Blend. Link -via the Presurfer

Lion threat closes railway station

A UK railway station was temporarily closed after reports that there was a lion on the tracks. The alert was raised after a local called the police to…

Russia Plans to Build Tunnel to Alaska

For a century, Russia and the United States have considered building a tunnel or a bridge across the 64-mile Bering Strait — the body of water that separates Siberia and Alaska. Now the Russian government is making serious plans to build a transcontinental railway and tunnel system at the cost of $65 billion: Russian officials insist [...]

‘Swamp monster’ threatens rail project

A multi-billion dollar railway tunnel project is in doubt over land patrolled by a swamp monster. The local Maori have protested the development of th…

Ze Train Has To Be On Time

That’s what the German railway officials said (I’m paraphrasing) as they refused a mother’s plea to stop a train when her toddler was accidentally left on a train: Ulrike Kracht, 19, had pleaded with Deutsche Bahn staff to somehow stop the train after its automatic doors closed at a station. She was unloading her possessions and [...]

The True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai

You’ve probably seen the 1957 move The Bridge On the River Kwai, but you might not know how much of the film was real and how much was fictionalized. The real history of how the railway between Burma and China was built, including the bridge, is a horrific story. The British didn’t build the railway [...]

World’s Smallest Functional Steam Train

It was during festivities to commemorate the opening of the new JR Nada station. The railway (around 100 meters long) was build in parallel with the Hanshin railway next to Iwaya park and people (mainly parents with their children) were taking ride on it. The locomotive was really tinyI did try (using google) to find [...]

‘Haunted’ Indian station reopens

A railway station in India which was abandoned for 42 years due to fears that it was haunted has been reopened. The station was said to be the hau…