The shortest train excursion ever.

Brad and I are in Salt Lake City, Utah for their annual convention of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS). Amongst the various activities offered was a ride on the Heber Valley Railroad, about an hours drive from Salt Lake City. The NRHS had chartered a train to leave the Heber Valley train station around […]

Rheilffordd Calon Cymru

Every so often I get photographs of railroads and assorted links to railroad stories from my friends traveling around the globe. It goes without saying that this is always appreciated. It is flattering to realize that when one of my friends happens upon a train somewhere, they think: “Oh, wait. Maybe Ralf would like a […]

Looking for a Tasmanian devil

I don’t think Ron and Gerry even saw one of those creatures. Let me explain: Our friends Ron and Gerry live in Perth, Western Australia. Those two gentlemen are seemingly always on the move. If it’s not Berlin they are visiting, it’s got to be Paris, or, maybe Tasmania. This island state off the southern […]

From Lhasa to Arlanda…

I have quite a few friends who seem to travel a lot. Often they do it by train, and knowing my fondness for railroads, they tend to snap a photo or two, and then forward those pictures to me. Patrick and Yao took the train from Beijing to Lhasa not that long ago and sent […]

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 […]