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New York Snapshot: "Harlem River Noir"

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 09.19.2015 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

I was walking the other night along the edge of the Harlem River, at or near where they once chopped off a sizable piece of Manhattan and connected ...

Amtrak on the Wrong Track: Travelling the U.S. Railroads on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.16.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Virtually every other rail company I have traveled on throughout the world issues a numbered reservation, thus avoiding such a circus.

Want Improved Crude Oil Safety? Build Better Tank Cars

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Edward R. Hamberger

Railroads have gone to great lengths to prevent crude oil accidents. But if crude oil from American oil fields is to be transported with even greater levels of safety, it's time for a major upgrade to the crude tank car fleet.

Another Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails, This Time In Illinois

AP | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green

GALENA, Ill. (AP) — A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Illinois on Thursday, bursting into flames and prompting officials to...

The New Silk Road: A True "Win-Win" or a Perilous Future?

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Akshan deAlwis

China has now stepped in and finalized a new gargantuan effort to modernize the transportation system of Thailand. One line will stretch from the border of the Nong Khai province to the Rayong province, and the other will connect the center of Thailand with Bangkok.

Now This Here's the Story about the Tshiuetin Line - Labrador's Railway: Canadian Odyssey on the Looney Front - Part 20

Mike Arkus | Posted 10.21.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Down the Tshiuetin Line is a mighty good road, Oh the Tshiuetin Line is that road to ride... Time for Yours Truly to move on down from Labrador to...

The Tangible Case for Infrastructure Investment

Scott Paul | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Scott Paul

A who's who of international economy watchers are imploring Washington to do what it hasn't done in nearly a decade: Pass a long-term, large-scale infrastructure plan. And while I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, I think it could be presented in a less abstract fashion.

China Says It Wants To Build Massive Railway To America

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 05.12.2014 | World

China has announced an ambitious engineering plan to build a bullet train railway to America, state media reported Thursday. The massive railway n...

Exploring the Magnificent Railway Boneyard Near Uyuni, Bolivia

Tom Moran | Posted 06.24.2014 | Travel
Tom Moran

In his book Ghost Train through the Andes, author Michael Jacobs tells of how Bolivia's then-president, Aniceto Arce, saw a modern transport network as the key to his country's prosperity, transforming Bolivia into a 'land of the future'.

Angry Workers Swarm Seoul's Streets, Demand President Resign

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

South Korea may best be known for slick electronics and saccharine pop tunes, but less of that stereotypical effervescence was present in Seoul in Dec...

An Open Letter to Thomas the Tank Engine

JJ Keith | Posted 12.01.2012 | Parents
JJ Keith

Long before I was a housewife writing letters to sentient trains, I studied anthropology, and thus far I haven't been able to make sense of you and your friends.

Ferrari On Rails? Not Just Yet

Tim Fenton | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business
Tim Fenton

A number of overexcited hacks are getting themselves into a premature state of enthusiasm over a very new and very red train that has just taken to the rails in Italy.

PHOTOS: India's Crowded Railway System

Posted 03.20.2012 | World

Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi announced the first railway fare hike in eight years on March 14 but moments later it was shot down by Congress party...

Dave Jamieson

GOP Bill Would Strip Workers Of Overtime, Minimum Wage Protections | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A little-noted provision in the House Republicans' controversial energy and transportation bill would strip several thousand workers wit...

Google's Street View Now Mapping Railroads | Posted 12.20.2011 | Travel

Street View is coming to the rails. Google's photo-mapping tool will now extend beyond roads, avenues and freeways and onto train tracks -- at leas...

How Railways Made Large-Scale War Possible

Christian Wolmar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christian Wolmar

Railways changed the nature of warfare, and created the potential for prolonged and mass scale warfare.

Obama Calls For $50 Billion Infrastructure Plan For Roads, Rail, Air Travel

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MILWAUKEE — A combative President Barack Obama rolled out a long-term jobs program Monday that would exceed $50 billion to rebuild roads, railways a...

Why America Needs Trains

Joe Biden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Biden

Over the course of my career, my 7,000 round trips on Amtrak have provided me with an understanding of -- and a respect for -- the role of rail travel in our society and our economy.