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Chocolate Express

People all over the world – join hands. Start a chocolate train, a chocolate train. That’s how that song goes right? I think I might prefer a chocolate train (photo L’Avenir) over a love train. Love can be tough, but chocolate… …chocolate is always there for you. Chocolate doesn’t let you down or leave you [...]

Unlock the 007 in You!

Unsuspecting train passengers in Belgium had 70 seconds to win exclusive tickets to see the new Bond flick, Skyfall. I think it’s pretty great guerrilla marketing, but then again I am a sucker for Daniel Craig and will most definitely be seeing Skyfall. Dude is just cool. -Via Ulamonge

Biking the Hiawatha Trail

When you read about the huge cost (in money and lives) of building railroads through the roughest parts of America, you have to wonder what it would be like to travel those routes. The guys at For 91 Days found out when they rode bikes on the 15-mile Hiawatha Trail in Idaho. The Hiawatha Trail opened [...]

The Missing Links: Ben Folds Five + The Muppets

A Shot of Reel Life FILMography holds up screenshots from famous films over the NYC locations where they were shot. * Where Was Maxwell’s Silver Hammer When This Lady Was Singing? Have a listen to the worst Beatles covers ever. * Ben Folds Five + The Muppets What’s not to love? Unless you don’t like Ben Folds Five and [...]

A Day Trip to Chicago

What do you do with only one day in Chicago? My family recently went there for a biannual reunion that I explained in a similar post a few years ago. Since then, the families have grown by one husband (mine) and five stepchildren (although only the youngest goes to the reunions). With only one full [...]

Train Engineer Adopts Owl from Track

Guo Zuchun drives a train in Chongqing, China. One day he saw three tiny owls on the track and managed to stop the train before hitting them. They were too small to fly, and are believed to be victims of a storm that destroyed their nest. Two were given to a local wildlife centre to be [...]

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

Lost Boy Used Google Earth to Find His Mother

Twenty five years after he got lost whilst traveling on a train in India, a man found his mother using the unlikeliest of technology, satellite images. Here’s the incredible story of how Saroo Brierly used Google Earth to [...]

Back to the Future, Part 3: The Silent Film

(Video Link) Because the third movie in the trilogy was set in 1885, the premise works really well. YouTube user techsavvyed’s depiction of the train ride scene from the movie fit neatly into the style of Westerns from the silent era. -via Gizmodo Previously: Back to the Future Model Train Set

1.85 Mile Wedding Dress Train Is the World’s Longest

Whoever wears this dress is going to have an agonizingly long wedding. A bridal gown train nearly two miles long stretched across the center of Bucharest, Romania on Tuesday. According to Guinness World Records, it’s the longest train in the world: The train, which took 100 days to stitch, was crafted by a team of 10 [...]