City Bus Concept Designs at InnoTrans 2018

The Innotrans Exhibition in Berlin, Germany has always been known as a big shindig for all things railroad. Steel wheel on steel rail and related items, that sort of thing. The last few times however, InnoTrans has included city buses. Apparently the only major requirement to participate is, that the buses have alternative propulsion. Obviously […]

Trams and such: A trip on HSL

HSL (Helsingin seudun liikenne) is the regional transportation authority for Greater Helsinki responsible for all tram, subway (underground), commuter rail, bus, ferry and bike share services. Interestingly enough HSL does not own any rolling stock, but uses third party contractors to accomplish the day to day operation of the system. For example the tram system […]

Taking a ride on “God’s Wonderful Railway”, aka The Great Western Railway Company

My readers will recall that in my last blog I described an OO scale model of the new UK Intercity Express Train (Class 800) which I had purchased. A few comments about the actual, real life Class 800 were also part of that particular article. More and more of these units are now finding their way […]

La dolce vita: More train photographs from my friends traveling in Italy

Just to make me envious, one of my friends sent me a couple of photographs while traveling in Northern Italy.  The first one is at Milano Centrale showing a Swiss Federal Railways (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen) electric multiple unit. These are tilting high speed trains built by Alstom Italy. The Swiss Railways classify them as RABe 503, […]

Old Oak Common Depot Open House Revisited…

Tempus fugit indeed! Here it is January 2018 already and I am finally working on a blog entry which I promised back in October 2017! If you will recall I had been in London in September of that year and was able to attend an open house at the Great Western Railway’s High Speed Train […]