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 […]

An incredible language and our trip to Suomi.

Finnish that is. Anybody who thinks German is a difficult tongue to learn, ought to try their luck at Finnish. Finnish is reportedly quite a logical language, but the logic of 15 cases escapes me. I had a hard enough time in my youth dealing with only the four cases in my native German. I […]