collection
A Rare Trip on the Floating Train Yard of Hudson Harbour

The only two options that freight trains have for accessing the east side of the Hudson River are to cross a bridge in Albany—140 painstaking miles north of New York City—or to ride a rail barge across the Hudson through the highly efficient marine-rail operation run by NYNJ Rail in Jersey City. Read More >>

transport
Network Rail Pumping £38bn into Normal-Speed Train Line Revamp

The existing regular-speed rail network is set for a large overhaul, thanks to Network Rail committing a huge £38bn on refreshing stations, track upgrades, more electrification and even the reopening of some stretches of line that were axed during the rail apocalypse of the 1960s. Read More >>

transport
First Video of Chicago Airport Train Derailing and Going Up a Stairwell

On Monday a Blue Line subway train at Chicago's O'Hare airport jumped the rails
and then proceeded to plough its way up a set of stairs and escalators. And just a few days later security footage of the incident has finally been released. Not surprisingly, it looks like a real life action movie—minus the Hollywood-style explosions. Read More >>

robots
Those Mesmerising Robot Arms are Back and Playing With Trains Now

It seems the best way to impress someone looking for a set of industrial robotic arms is to demo them playing with kid's toys. First DENSO Robotics did it with slot cars, and now ABB gets in on the action with this model train demo. Read More >>

locations
How the Persian Gulf is Quietly Building a Railroad Empire

Over in the US, the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy fifteen boring machines to build a sprawling new underground rail system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states. Read More >>

transport
London Post Office Railway Reopening as a Tourist Attraction in 2020

London's Islington council has approved plays by Royal Mail to turn part of its relatively unknown underground postal railway into a tourist attraction, with letter, train and tunnel nerds able to come together to enjoy travelling a remodelled part of the line by the year 2020. Read More >>

transport
Good Rail News Shocker! Flood-Hit Dawlish Line to Re-Open Ahead of Schedule

It's been a rough start to the year if you live in the South West of England, with terrible weather and flooding offering little to smile about. Read More >>

trains
Rail Regulator Says Train Companies are Hiding Refund Clauses -- and Keeping £100m Compo Kitty to Themselves

The Office of Rail Regulation is looking into forcing train companies to be more open about their refund policies for delays and cancellations, suggesting that current rail franchises try to hide refunds terms from travellers -- saving them from paying out up to £100m in compensation. Read More >>

transport
Miserable Work Commuters Blamed for Disastrous Rail Satisfaction Survey

Over half of the UK's rail franchises scored dismal customer satisfaction scores in a recent survey, with contentment levels at under 50 per cent on 11 of our 19 rail networks -- and one rail company having the audacity to suggest it's because trains take us to work and we hate working. Hence the misery. Nothing to do with being endlessly ripped off, then? Read More >>

transport
Man Missing for Two Days After Tube Door Separates Him from Son

In what sounds like an unfortunate rendering of that scene from Sliding Doors, a Romanian tourist has gone missing after being separated from his son for two days when a Tube train shut its doors before he could climb onboard. Read More >>

transport
Train Companies Heap on the Misery With 2.8 Per Cent Fare Rise and £5,000 Season Ticket Hell

Today's the day that travelling by train gets a little more expensive, as the rail franchises treat themselves to their usual annual pay rise at our expense. Across the country, an average 2.8 per cent increase kicks in today, with some commuters now paying over £5,000 for the privilege of sweating on a train twice a day. Read More >>

transport
London's Floating Bike Road Dream Outlined by Sir Norman Foster

A team of architects including celebrity girder bender Sir Norman Foster has updated and fleshed out its SkyCycle plan, a bizarre concept that would use the empty channels above some train lines to build floating, bikes-only cycle superhighways. Read More >>

column
Journeying Through the Bowels of the London Underground: My Personal Catharsis

I arrive in the station with my arms by my side, and my head tilted sideways at an odd angle. I wipe away the slightly coagulated drool from the right side of my mouth, and pick the sleep that has hardened into a crust from the corner of my eyes. I am squashed. Mentally and physically. Read More >>

transport
Sweaty Southern Rail Travellers Subsidise the Loss-Making Northern Franchises

Stats measuring the amount rail companies pay the government and receive in subsidy appear to show travellers in the South East are bailing out the rest of the network, with passengers into London paying around £1 each per 10 miles in higher ticket prices due to the government's subsidy system. Read More >>

design
What Finally Makes Train Travel Bearable Might Be… Starbucks?

Trains are awesome. Their serpentine strings of steel carriages travel hundreds of miles an hour, yet give passengers enough stability to sip a tasty beverage. On the other hand, trains are awful. Have you ever seen the sickly coffee served onboard? Read More >>

transport
Jubilee Line is London's Favourite Tube Line, While Everyone Hates Going North

A poll of Londoners has found that the Jubilee Line and its futuristic late-1990s concrete and glass extension is their favourite way of getting about the place, with the elderly and congested Northern Line the most hated. Read More >>

Login
X

Don't have a Gizmodo UK account?