The Subway, the El, the Tube, the Métro: Trains have been transporting humans around cities since 1863. But too many public transit systems still run like they’re stuck in the 19th century. That needs to change.
High-speed trains—which can hit 300 miles per hour or more—are the ultimate example of how futuristic engineering can solve real-world transportation problems. In the past several decades, dozens of safe, sustainable high-speed train systems have started racing across the planet. And the place that does high-speed…
It’s the 100th anniversary of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster — a horrific three-train collision that resulted in hundreds of casualties, the vast majority of them soldiers en route to the war. Here’s what happened on that tragic day.
Japan’s maglev train has once again broken the world speed record. The seven-car train reached a top speed of 375 mph (603 km/h) Tuesday, breaking its own record that was set just days earlier. The “magnetic train” hovers above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets. The challenge now will be in…
Photographer Mike Brodie, also known as The Polaroid Kidd, began photographing his travels in 2004, taking thousands of photos of people illegally riding freight trains during his five-year project. The photos are extremely intimate, showing the hidden world that exists along the rails.
We know that Einstein's theory of special relativity established that speed could change time. But that was all the way in the twentieth century! Speed had already changed time about fifty years earlier, all across America, because of one special invention.
Who strangled five-year-old, curly-haired Willie Starchfield to death on a London train, and then stuffed his tiny body under one of the seats? This tragic, sensationalized murder happened 101 years ago this week, and it's never been solved.
Don't smoke in the train station. Don't spit your gum on the floor. And please, god, don't splay your legs out like no one else is around you. These sound like basic rules of today's public transit, but they're actually messages that graced the walls of Tokyo's subway forty years ago.
High speed rail may be an efficient way to get large numbers of people between two high-traffic destinations, but it does pose some problems. One is the recently-confirmed existence of "ground vibration booms." These are sonic booms that happen underground.
While priests and ministers hope that their churches will move people spiritually, these churches have also moved people physically—from derelict cars turned into churches to pew-filled trains that let people worship on the go.http://io9.com/were-ready-to-...
This strangely alive-looking blob isn't a prop from a sci-fi movie. It's a smorph, a morphing material that could make the cars, trains and airplanes of tomorrow extremely aerodynamic, using the same trick that helps golf balls fly faster and straighter.
A lone report in China's state-run Beijing Times claims the nation is already in discussions to build an 8,000+ mile railroad connecting China, Russia, Canada, and the U.S.—including a 125 mile undersea tunnel spanning the Bering Strait. Forget taking this with a grain of salt, you're gonna need the whole shaker.
In the mid-1950s, Dr. Lyle B. Borst—a physics professor at the University of Utah who had formerly been a reactor designer with the Atomic Energy Commission—and his students in his Physics 280 Nuclear Technology course had a great idea.
Long before there were bullet trains and high-speed light rail systems, people experimented with creating super-streamlined trains that could whisk people across the country in Googie splendor. In some alternate universe, these streamlined trains of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are still in service.
Let's face it: Very few forms of public transit are as awesome as trains. That's why we want to live in a house made of trains, just like the ones in this gallery.
Staring at a blank page (or screen) can be an uncomfortable experience. Today we want to know what you do to get writing that works.
Remember the Roaring Twenties, when the future looked like Metropolis and cities were going to become battalions of marching skyscrapers? In these colorful 1920s ads for the London Underground, trains never felt so much like the transport of tomorrow.
During the heyday of railway travel, people believed trains would be with us for centuries. Engineers floated many futuristic train ideas, and some were even realized, before automobiles took over. Here are some of the craziest trains ever conceived.
Do we already live in the future? Sometimes, it seems like yes (smart phones and super fast trains!). Other times, it seems like no (freeway traffic and not that many robots). Today, we want to know what currently existing technology makes you feel like we might already be living in the future.