Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
[Image from the National Film Board of Canada’s The Railrodder]
A work colleague of mine, who is a big Star Trek fan, forwarded me this National Film Board of Canada link to William Shatner singing O Canada. It turns out that also embedded in the page is a link to a documentary about the making of Buster Keaton’s movie The Railrodder (a 25 minute short film featuring Mr. Keaton travelling across Canada on a rail scooter). I hadn’t seen The Railrodder in a very long time and it’s as fun as I remember.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
I’ve been thumbing through old issues of Model Railroader magazine just looking for interesting things. I came across this super-graphics style ad for Bachmann locomotives in the May 1980 issue. It reminded me of this AFX ad. Both are cool, but I suspect as far as persuasiveness goes, this style may be better suited to slot-cars than locomotives.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
[An experimental ground-effect 'rail' vehicle; Picture sourced from the IEEE article linked to in the post.]
I stumbled across this story about a Japanese research team investigating the use of ground-effect flyers to build completely new concepts in ‘rail’ transportation. It’s still early days, but it’s amazing stuff. You know, with ground effect based vehicles a hybrid rail / water transport is a possibility – maybe something along the lines of some sort of Alexander Lippisch Aerofoil Boat ‘rail’ / water vehicle. The ‘rail’, or I guess land-based channel if you follow this Japanese line of thought, could lead the vehicle right to the water’s edge where it then flies out over the water towards another ‘rail’ on a distant shore. Wild stuff.