The Art of Railroad Photography

One would think that as much as I like to write about, see and travel on railroads I would also be somewhat good at documenting my rail experiences by taking some nice photographs every now and then. Well, no such luck. I might not be the world’s worst photographer, but I am not that far […]

Franchising Follies & Failures

  The birthplace of railroads has an identity crisis. Or perhaps more of a “political will” crisis. Great Britain’s railways seem to be rapidly approaching a day of reckoning and grudging acknowledgement of the fact, that the much ballyhooed privatization and franchising model of the British railway system is destined for failure. It “only” took […]

Mr. Gorbachev: Tear down this Wall!

A now famous line from then US President Reagan’s 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, West Germany. 30 years ago today, on the 9th of November 1989 the Berlin Wall did indeed come down and changed global politics. I grew up in West Germany and very much remember waking up the morning of […]