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    • 12 Sep 2012

    "The GREAT RAILWAY REVOLUTION: The EPIC STORY of the AMERICAN RAILROAD"

    You just have to get your hands on this book... Christian Wolmar did it again --- as the world's best booster for railways and he gave the USA lots of credit for its rightful and vital place in railroad history. Here is the info on the book: Publisher: Atlantic Books LCCN: 2012020987 / ISBN: 978-0857890351 The best place to pick up your collectable copy is at Barnes & Noble, or your local book store....
    • 29 Apr 2012

    What are North-American Airports?

    MULTI-BILLION dollar parking garages with special-air-service & short-haul buses that will shuttle arriving & departing passengers 'only' to on-site/off-site car rental locations. Lots of 'motels-not-hotels' clustered arount the airports, lots of 'drive-thru' fast food outlets, lots of places to fill up the gaz tanks of rental karz. Transport choices for those who choose 'not'...
    • 16 Apr 2012

    TV commercial by GE Evolution Locomotive gets 5 Stars!

    The aerial shots above the Columbia River in Washington and the narrations by the Locomotive builders/craftspeople are really awesome! The BNSF paint jobs are really striking as the trains move through the Columbia River Basin scenery.
    • 27 Mar 2012

    GSTV: Gas Station TV...will soothe your 'pain at the pump'

    In the upscale City of Birmingham, Michigan, you can take a stroll on Old Woodward and gaze into the GSTV- Gas Station TV Media Centre HQ - where you can watch 36 TV screens mounted on the wall continuously running auto-centric brainwashing crap 24 hours a day. It's the same stuff you see on the TV networks and at thousands of gazzoline stationz around Sprawlville, Anywhere USA... Don't worry---fill er up-...
    • 14 Mar 2012

    -on Bloomberg/NBC/MSNBC/FOX/CNN/ABC/CBS/CBC/BBC/DWTV-Fuel close to 50% of Airlines Costs!

    I'll bet my last silver dollar that a mile long train powered by a mid-century coal-powered Berkshire Steam Locomotive hauling Pullmans or mixed-freight-daily would be far more efficient machine than a 747 dreamliner loaded with the latest avionics technology & instrumentation.
    • 14 Mar 2012

    "The Railway Man" coming soon to a Movie Theatre near you...

    "The film tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Corp of Signals, who was captured by Japanese forces in World War II and sent to a prison camp in Thailand". "Nicole Kidman is to play Colin Firth's wife in the film playing Lomax's second wife Patti, who helps him to come to terms with the war and the depredations and ill treatment he suffered". "Jeremy...
    • 5 Mar 2012

    Lord Donald Trump to supply free jerry cans for the air drop...

    To help his subjects and ease 'pain-at-the-pump' in partnership with the Department of Energy, Lord Trump will also supply parachutes along with the 'Lonely Gallon' gas cans for the up coming air drop over a still undisclosed location... This undisclosed location is in posession of a vast sea of creamy crude oil... Once ruled by the mighty Crowned Jeweled Shah... Once you fill up your jerry can...
    • 28 Feb 2012

    CNBC TV: "Jane on the Train"

    "Crude Realities: Pain & Gain" "Ditch the Car, Take the Train" In Los Angeles, CNBC reporter Jane bought an electronic ticket with her CNBC/Comcast corporate card, mentions that her automobile commute from Moorpark to CNBC/Comcast local affiliate was $13/day last week, but rising daily. Taking the train is a new experience for many in Auto-Dependent Los Angeles.
    • 28 Feb 2012

    Some 'ENERGY' advice from Lord Donald Trump:

    On CNBC "Squawk on the Street", Lord Donald Trump voiced on TV-- "Saudi Arabia--- you gotta pump us up some mo oil"... "Wind-Mill-Power" is useless cause the world is running out of air!!!" "Those ugly spinning things are ruining the view at my golf course in Scotland!" Lord Trump may have to say "you're fired" to the King of Oil if he doesn't come through...
    • 27 Feb 2012

    Got >GAS< pain at the pump? here's a cure...

    In New Orleans there is a cure for 'pain at the pump' : ...Marlon Brando was spotted in one just the other day puffing away on a Lucky Strike... It is painted green--- It runs on steel wheels on iron T-rail--- It goes 'clang' 'clang' 'clang'--- It is powered by > E L E C T R I C I T Y < --- It has many brethren of similar proportions--- It is the one, the only...
    • 11 Feb 2012

    Newt-2012- "I Will Build a Moon Base"

    Newt Gingrich recently announced that once he is elected President of the USA, he will employ millions of laid off US workers to build a new Moon Base. Here is something that Newt forgot to mention--a High-Speed-Moon-Railway System is included in part of his "Master Plan for America". After the moon base is completed---gas will be $2.25 a gallon again!
    • 21 Jan 2012

    Railway Age has a great looking new web page !

    Great photo of Larry Kaufman under the new 'blogs & more section, as he is carrying on a 'SAT-PHONE' conversation with ERTMS staff.
    • 19 Jan 2012

    TROJAN WAR averted, TROY Transit Centre gets the green semaphore.

    Troy City Council got a dose of 'rail-ism' and gave a green proceed signal for the TROY TRANSIT CENTRE, despite rabid objections from the: 'auto/truck/roads' entrenched-interests-lobby and its tea-party clique...
    • 19 Jan 2012

    Keystone XL pipeline/rail-line?

    CBC NEWS: Keystone pipeline proposal rejected - for now. Why not use this impasse to build a Keystone XL oilsands railway mega-tankcar delivery system, this could spur more North/South railway building throughout both Canada and the USA. The rail could move all types of commodities including paying VIA & AMTRAK passengers. Or consider a rail/pipe-line combination, since many oil and natural gas pipelines parallel...
    • 2 Nov 2011

    "Hell on Wheels"

    "Hell on Wheels is a contemporary Western that centers on former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon, portrayed by Anson Mount, whose quest for vengeance has led him to the UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD'S westward construction of the first transcontinental railroad. His journey takes him to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, racous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first...
    • 28 Sep 2011

    C-SPAN TV/WASHINGTON JOURNAL: "US Freight Rail-Showdown On The Railroad"

    September 28th 2011, Aired at 09:52 EST. Mima Kimes, writer for FORTUNE Magazine was interviewed by C-Span TV Washington Journal call-in program Hostess Greta Wodele Brawner. It lasts about 40 minutes--great TV show! Extra-Extra-read all about it! --- October 3rd edition of FORTUNE MAGAZINE will feature "SHOWDOWN on the RAILROAD" by noted contributor Mima Kimes.
    • 8 Jun 2011

    World's tallest passenger train station currently under rennovation...

    The massive 13 story Michigan Central Passenger Train Station is undergoing a major facelift. The Detroit International Bridge Company, owner of the Michigan Central Station and the Ambassador Bridge that links Detroit, Michigan with Windsor, Canada. The Michigan Central Station will once again be a major and strategic passenger & intermodal railway hub. Further details to be announced...
    • 8 Jun 2011

    "RAILROADED - The Transcontinentals and the The Making of Modern America"

    by author Richard White , winner of a MacArthur Award and the Parkman Prize, is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University. "A new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success." "This brilliant book will forever change our understanding of the great railroad projects of 19th-century America"---William...
    • 18 Apr 2011

    CNN compared AMTRAK ACELA to AIRLINES...

    Even though ACELA is not the worlds fastest HSR network---it held its head up proudly as it was compared to flying in the North East corridor. Passengers on the ACELA enjoyed being able to use their cell phones, I-Pods, Blackberries, lap top computers---enjoyed the snacks, the leg room, the courteous rail staff, and the large amounts of stuff that can be taken aboard in their footlockers... Considering that AMTRAK...
    • 20 Mar 2011

    21st March, 2011-gonna miss the 'all you can slurp-daily' OPEC HAPPY HOUR

    According to Ghadaffy Duck , the CATOPEC FOUNDATION and AAA experts, monster-trucks on subsidized highways are 333% more efficient than railroads-just as long as they fill up during their designated OPEC HAPPY HOUR !
    • 9 Mar 2011

    Since FedEx is going rail...

    The time is right for the United States Mail...to do the same---A U.S. Mail Railway Post Office would save zillions of LINCOLNS on fuel costs for the postal service. Lets try some different names for it: The United States Postal Service RAPID RAIL MAIL SYSTEM USPO===R.R.M.S. USA===RAPID RAIL MAIL SERVICE USA===R.R.M.S. USPO===EXPRESS RAIL SERVICE USPO===E.R.S. Any more ideas out there? The Postal...
    • 18 Feb 2011

    The 'TGV' on CNBC.com News 'Squawk On The Street'...

    "STREET POLL: High-Speed Rail Over Driving of Flying?" --- out of a total of 1978 votes 54% pro-HSR vs 46% anti-HSR .---express your support to: sots@cnbc.com General Electric/NBC does a lousy job promoting anything rail to the American audience on TV---this is really pathetic due to the historical roots of GE as a leader in electrified rail. The same goes for ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX etc... During 'Squawk...
    • 18 Feb 2011

    It is rumoured that Florida Governor Rick Scott...

    is under the influence of OPEC & friends, AAA, Southwest, Delta and other Airlines, National, Hertz and other Car Rental outfits, Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, The Limbaugh-Beck-Christie-Kasich-Walker Obesity & Auto-Truck Dependency Foundation, FOX NEWS, Fast Food Drive-Thru Association, Cement Shoe Foundation etc... The priorities of the ScottOPEC administration: Priority #1: All Florida residents...
    • 18 Feb 2011

    Ray LaHood-Transportation Secretary-on C-SPAN TV...

    The Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was hosted on the WASHINGTON JOURNAL of Friday 18th February 07:00 call in show. Infrastructure Spending & Job Creation was the subject of the call in show. He was taking call from TV viewers covering the subjects of High Speed Rail, the street car business, buses, bicycle lanes, trucking, highways, airports/air travel, comprehensive transportation options for total mobility...
    • 17 Feb 2011

    ! ELECTRIFIED !

    A.D. 1925, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA "You can not know how much ELECTRIC POWER has brought to modern railway travel until you ride on on the electrified Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul between Chicago and Puget Sound." "Here, for 650 scenic miles, the MIGHTIEST LOCOMOTIVES IN THE WORLD translate the fluid force of mountain torrents into the silent, smooth and smokeless flight of "The OLYMPIAN"...