The New Face of Trains: the Future

In the past fifteen years it seems that trains have gotten a technological facelift. From freightliners to passenger cars, go to Europe or Asia, and you’ll see some of the fastest, most top-of-the-line, track transportation there is out there. It’s not exclusively the trains (with their signature, duck-like faces, check it out), themselves though. The technology for making trains has vastly improved. More importantly, engineers these are days aren’t the conventional types. They’re not afraid to experiment, implement, and improve. So here’s a look at some of the more recent designs that have helped revitalize the train industry.

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The Wabash Cannonball and 2013 commemoration

One of the greatest songs of early rock-‘n-roll is the ‘Wabash Cannon Ball’, a folk song based on the passenger freighter designed by the Wabash Railroad company. Or was it? Many of us, who still remember trains in the United States, are familiar with that brightly printed logo, with that authoritative, Western ‘W’, stamped firmly to label this cargo box as property of Wabash. Safe and reliable, that was the Wabash way. As for that great passenger line, immortalized in song? Actually, it didn’t exist.

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What do the railroads do now?

The Wabash Line was has long been decommissioned, railroad and all. Sorry to say, it has run its last track, and played its part in helping to shape American History. I was going through some old Wabash posters and collectibles I had yet to organize, when my mood turned philosophical. I began to contemplate the great train dynasty in our country- the great historical legacy trains have left behind for us.

Here in the United States, especially post-Katrina, trains are hardly ever used anymore. Oh there is still the interconnected railway that unites the upper eastern seaboard, and there are still a few key lines open for logistics, manufacturing, and distribution. There are also still some passenger lines, but they now operate mainly on a local level, with long-distance passages often resulting in skyrocket prices and convoluted routes. There are no luxury lines anymore.

Sadly, the takeoff of the airline industry sounded the death knell for trains. A connected flight could take you across oceans, to places trains could not access. Planes were faster, safer, and due to their marketability, they quickly became cheaper. Which I’ve always found to be a true shame, for our country is uniquely suited for this particular type of transportation. Riding in clouds may give you a birds’ eye perspective, but a train allows you see it all, in first row, first class seats. Everyone is packed in like sardines when on an airplane. A train provides the experience of comfort and luxury that really; anyone can have, without having to be one of the one percent. Doesn’t anyone else think that’s great? Was I alone in wishing for days long past, when people didn’t have to be on the Fortune 500 to be treated occasionally with above-average dignity?

This got me wondering if anybody else out there though along the same lines that I did. As it turns out, people do. Granted, they’re mostly in other places around the world, places where trains still play a vital role in the nations’ economy. As it turns out, there are quite a few hard-working individuals, who push for historic luxury lines to remain open- providing their guests with the ultimate in the train experience. I researched a few, and thought I’d share some highlights from my results.

The Venice Simplon Orient Express

More recognizably known as the Orient Express, this line was recently overhauled and restored to its vintage, 1920’s style. Made famous by novels and movies, such as the Orient Express, this train continues to operate today. It runs through Europe, and even makes a special connection in England.

Rovos Rail Pride of Africa

Africa is still a major continent on which trains run. The epitome of which is this train, noted for its’ authentic cars and exemplary hospitality. Many rave about this travelling experience, as much for the views and stops this original line makes, as well as the service it provides. This train has operated since the colonial times, but the one you’ll ride on has been restored also to its 1920’s grandeur, when it was at the height of its glory.

The Eastern and Oriental Express:

This particular line actually goes through the orient- covering over a thousand miles of Southeast Asia. It runs notably through Singapore, Malaysia, and ends in Bangkok, at the heart of the Siam. This liner offers its guests breathtaking views of the eastern landscape, and was originally part of New Zealand’s acclaimed, Silver Star Liner, before it was bought out in 1991.

Danube Express:

This train is headquartered at the Gateway to the East, Budapest, Hungary. Its spacious carriages are impressive, and its luxury is reminiscent of that romantic, Old World sense the area still manages to maintain. This is the way to travel through an area that hasn’t been as commercialized as much of central Europe, and still retains much of the same level of comfort.

Shangri-La Express:

China is the forerunner in modern train technology, and the Shangri-la is no different. It’s not a luxury liner per se, but its first class accommodations rival those of hotels. That’s right, you read me correctly. These private cabins are comparable to first class hotel rooms- complete full bathrooms that come with pressurized shower stalls big enough to stretch out in. It’s modern convenience for this train, and its rails handle like glass, which make for an incredibly smooth riding experience.

The Al-Andalus:

This is another famous, renovated luxury train, which only recently returned to the track. The Al-Andalus is known for its opulence, and only reconfirmed with its 1920’s style restoration. The dining car includes a full bar and lounge- which is awesome. The train is also well-known for its track; the course continues its beautiful journey through the Andal Mountains of southern Spain.

Glacier Express:

This Swiss train is known for going slow. In fact, Switzerland boasts that it is the slowest moving express in the world. They are probably right by today’s standards – the train takes eight hours to complete its under-300 kilometer course. It only moves between two resorts, both high in the mountains. It’s for this reason the train moves so slowly- so you can enjoy the view. And what a view it is too, the Alps contain some of the most awe-inspiring peaks the world has to offer. Get lost in this mountainous scenery, while this resort express takes you safely through.

Maharaja’s Express:

This Indian luxury express was designed to be made fit for a king. Although the name brings to mind ancient tombs, and old sheiks wrapped up in turbans and silk, this train is anything but old-fashioned. This carriage is a testament to the boom in India’s economy, and it offers full amenities, from world-class cuisine both familiar and exotic, to easy Wi-Fi access, fully controllable temperatures, and LCD televisions. This is the way to travel in style.

These are only a few of the high-class train lines I was able to discover. My thanks goes out to all who go through the effort of keeping this excellent mode of transportation alive in the face of great and quick technological advancement. Unfortunately, these trains listed are above the average pricing, as trains of this caliber are a very niche market these days. But once, many a stalwart adventurer crossed these same tracks, and I hope many of the newer models create many stalwart adventurers yet. In the meantime, I can only bemoan this lost dynasty, celebrate what remains of its grandeur, and work on some new ideas for my next vacation, including some fantastic train rides.

Model Websites Can Help With Trains
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  • February 25, 2015

Model trains are a great hobby to get involved with, but first people need to have an understanding of the railroad to really love their model trains. This article here, is going to cover some of the different uses of trains and why they are so valuable to people all over the world and why visiting model websites is a good idea. This in turn will make people appreciate their model train layout even more, especially if they base if off of the real train systems in their area.

Transportation of people over long distances for a low cost is a great reason why the railroad exist. While the planes are able to transport people over long distances, they typically cannot get to smaller remote areas like a train can. However, the air planes cannot usually cover as much distance with as many people on board as a train can. This in turn will help to save the environment and keep people from remote areas from having to drive their own vehicles into the area all the time.

Cargo is what the trains are primarily used for now. However, the cargo is items that is in such large tonnage if people relied on trucks to transport the goods, they would be waiting for weeks to months on end for delivery. So people find the trains are a very efficient way to get a large quantity of goods delivered from one side of the country to the other in just a couple of days versus a month. Without the trains, the fresh produce people love in the middle of winter on the East Coast of the United States would not be possible.
Ability to move hazardous materials without as high of a risk to the general public. Typically hazardous waste materials have to be moved to a specific dump site. The problem with this is these materials are usually hard to transport through some areas without people throwing a fit by truck. With the railroad, because of how remote most lines are and unmonitored the rail lines are by individuals, it quickly becomes easy for these goods to be moved to the dump site.

Animals, such as the circus is often moved by train. While people may not think about the circus moving by train still, they need to realize they do move the circus by train because of the sheer size of everything involved with the circus. With the trains, they are able to move all of their items quickly and easily and avoid creating a traffic jam when they are going to their next town.

As many people have found out, a model railroading hobby can be very addicting. However, people often notice when they are building their model it does not feel right and this is typically because they do not know the exact value of the trains. By learning more about the goods transported by the trains, people can start to have a better understanding of the trains. Then people will not mind getting a a fresh new look by visiting different model websites.

Train And Railroad Technology And Pressure Washing Raleigh Businesses
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  • January 27, 2015

When you hear a train passing by in the night, that familiar sound of the engine and the whistle, you know that a large amount of merchandise is being transported from one location to the other, unless it is a passenger train. The amount of merchandise will depend upon the capability of the train, and the technology that is used to guide it from one destination to the other. We no longer live in the days where the most recognizable aspect of a train was the caboose. Today, it’s all about modern technology. Here is an overview of how trains are used to transport merchandise from one location to the other using technology that is available today.

Different Uses For Trains

img2When America was just getting started, there was a general movement to lay railroad tracks from one end of the country to the other. This was because of the absence of smooth roads such as we have today, allowing the early settlers to move enormous volumes of merchandise across the many states, allowing people to build towns and cities. Today, we have already established almost all of the tracks that we need, and quite a bit of transport is actually done by trucking companies across the nation’s highways. Trains typically carry extremely heavy items such as piping, metal beams for the construction of skyscrapers, and vast quantities of liquid materials. Essentially, anything that is too heavy to be flown, or conveyed with a semitruck, is loaded onto trains for quick and easy transport to many different destinations.

How Trains Work

There is quite a bit of mechanical engineering that goes into the functionality of the train. The merchandise that is on flat cars or boxcars is pulled by diesel locomotives that utilize petroleum and electrical generators. Some trains actually operate solely upon electricity such as the bullet train that operates in Japan. There are throttle controls, gears for going forward and backwards, and of course a break for stopping and an undercarriage that has the wheels and suspension system. Most trains today are controlled by computers that are aware of the routes that are being taken. Although there are conductors and engineers on board, most of the technical aspects are handled by onboard computers which can also be operated from remote locations.

Supplies That Trains Bring

img1An example of what a train might bring to a destination would be merchandise like pressure washing equipment. If the train was traveling to North Carolina, it might make a stop at a company that provided pressure washing Raleigh North Carolina businesses with this type of merchandise. Typically, these businesses have websites which sell these products at their local store, or on the web, such as The pressure washing Raleigh North Carolina company will have the merchandise delivered to it, and will move on until it has reached its destinations, and then would be refueled so that it could be loaded once again.

This very basic overview of how modern day trains work, what purposes they serve, and the type of merchandise that they deliver, should show you that trains are here to stay. There is only so much merchandise that can be loaded onto a semitruck, or flown to remote locations. Trains essentially provide a way for people to transport large quantities of merchandise, or merchandise that is simply too large or heavy, to be conveyed in other ways.

Creating an Amazing Train Website With SEO Software
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  • January 1, 2015

Trains have a complex and fascinating history, and there’s no shortage of information to be learned about them. The earliest locomotives can be traced all the way back to the year 1804, and trains have gone through countless developments since that time.

The railway lines that operate trains are also a fascinating topic. There are a number of named railway lines located all around the world, including the famous Orient Express and the Flying Ranee line in Bombay. Each line has its own culture and history around it, and all of them are worth studying.

You can also find lots of interesting information about the ways that trains run. The earliest trains relied on rope and horses for movements. Trains quickly developed further, and steam locomotives became commonplace. After that, both diesel and electric locomotives became the norm. In recent years, a new type of electric train known as the fuel cell locomotive has grown in prevalence.

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Although trains aren’t as essential as they once were, they’re still used in a variety of ways. Many countries are reliant on trains for transportation, and commuters use high speed trains in order to get to work. Goods are also shipped across the country via trains.

Because there are so many train-related subjects to cover, you may be interested in creating a train website. A site like this will allow you to to explore a number of these topics on an in-depth level, and will give you a chance to connect with other train enthusiasts.

If you do decide to move forward with a train website, you’ll want to make sure that it’s seen by a broad audience. The best way to do this is with SEO software like seompg. The right SEO program will allow people from all over the world to find your content.

Say that you wrote a piece about bi-level trains. People who are interested in learning about bi-level trains might search for information about them using various keywords. The right software will help you to determine these keywords and to use them in an efficient way.

SEO software will also help you to maximize your site’s SEO, and will give you tips on increasing your SEO in other way. You’ll be able to get a great deal of traffic with very little effort; your software will do all of the work for you.

Without software, it’ll take a lot of effort for you to attract an audience. You’ll have to put money into advertising, or spend a lot of time promoting your site on train forums and on social media groups. Wouldn’t you rather spend that time learning more about trains?

There’s no reason not to dive deeper into the rich and wonderful world of trains. You’ll learn all kinds of things when you work on your site, and you’ll make some amazing connections. As long as you obtain a great software program, making your site into a success won’t be a problem.

Can Railroads Be Controlled Remotely?
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  • October 30, 2014

You might think that the only remote controls that a railroad can work with are the remotes you’d see for one of those model railroads you can build at home. While that is true that you can use a remote control for a model train set, professionals can also use remote controls for actual trains. That is, they can control train tracks and train functions in a variety of ways.

Remote controls can work for railroads in many ways:

• They can turn the signals for rail crossings on and off. This includes activating stop signals for rail conductors to observe so they can stop their engines as required.
• Some can also wirelessly adjust any switches used to get the train tracks in a spot to shift from one end to the next.
• Other units can also control the engines in some trains so they will move at certain speeds. This is typically going to work for high-end electric train engines for the most part.

remote railroadsThis is an amazing feature that will easily change the ways how trains can work in today’s society. But how can these trains can controlled from a wireless standpoint? Simply put, people can use remote access connections.

You might be surprised at how such a railroad control setup can work as needed. This works with a series of simple steps. All you’d have to use is a proper application, a device to access it on and the account information needed to get into such a computer. It’s like you’d be controlling a railroad right off of a simple wireless device far from the main control panel that would normally be used in a typical case:

1. The functions for certain train engines, tracks and other train-related functions in an area may be linked up to a software program on a certain computer. The program must be installed properly so it can work as needed.
2. The operating system can be linked to a program that gives a user remote access through a tablet.
3. A person who uses a tablet or smartphone can then log into an account through a remote access program. The program will then open up the desktop on the computer.
4. The computer can then be adjusted right from one’s tablet or smartphone. Any railroad control functions will then be easily accessible through that device.

This makes it so the railroad functions can be adjusted at any given time. This is a necessity for those who are trying to control different functions at any given time. It can especially work wonders for emergencies where things in engines or on the tracks have to be adjusted on short notice to ensure that things can work as safely as possible.

A remote access connection manager from can really make a difference when it comes to getting a railroad ready. This is a truly unique feature of today’s railroads t hat will make it easier for many functions to operate as needed. It could really be fascinating when all things are considered in general.

The Refrigerated Car Is a Staple of the Railways

From the days of the Wabash up to today, the refrigerated car has been a popular material to find on many railways. It’s a simple type of car in that it is one that allows foods to be transported in a cooled environment. In fact, anything that has to be chilled can be transported in such a car. This will be used properly to ensure that items are protected no matter how far they have to travel in any particular site that has to use such items for general needs as required.

It’s amazing as to how this part of the railroads has changed over time. Today there are thousands of these cars in railways all around the world and they all serve their own purposes for transporting cold items with care.

How Can This Be Used?

A refrigerated car can work by using a number of useful materials. First, stainless steel or aluminum can be used on the outside to create an insulating surface.

Next, a proper unit will be available to help refrigerate items inside the car. Ice blocks are often added but some air conditioners and cold air blowers may also be used alongside ice deposits to help keep areas refrigerated for as long as possible.

An insulator will also go on the walls inside the car. This is to keep the cold air in and to prevent it from moving out of a space. If the temperature inside of the car is kept as consistent and under control as possible then it should be rather easy for the car to stay comfortable and to take in the right amount of cool air that the items inside it will require.

Can AC Units Work?

It’s true that a McQuay PTAC can be used to handle refrigerated cars as a McQuay PTAC can easily move air around. However, these PTAC units tend to be used in conjunction with other materials like ice and insulation to ensure that items are kept cold. Simply put, an air conditioner cannot do all of this work on its own. It has to be prepared with the other potential materials for managing to ensure that the air in a space will be kept as cold as desired.

Can Dry Ice Work?

While it is true that dry ice can keep different spaces cold and can really work well, it may not work right for most things. The problem is that dry ice, in addition to being hazardous, can impact the flavors and colors of foods while in transit. This can especially be the case if items are placed too closely to these foods. This can be a real threat that will negatively impact the quality of whatever is being transported at a given time.

The refrigerator car is a fascinating part of the railroads that all people might be interested in seeing today. This is something that works wonders ever since the days of the Wabash and is still used to day to ensure that items are kept cold while they are being transported for any use.

Railway Preservationists Are Flocking To YouTube

YouTube is being used for all kinds of purposes but sometimes the best purposes can entail the need to get people to act upon certain topics and to make some changes to the world. These include many changes that can be made for the betterment of society as a whole.

Part of this involves working with historic sites. The Wabash Railroad is one such example of something that has to be managed and potentially refurbished.

In particular, railway preservationists are going onto YouTube to get their messages out to more people. While some will buy YouTube likes to make their messages loud and clear, anyone can get their visions for preservation out to the public even if they are not going to buy YouTube likes.

Showing Present Sites Is Important

Many historic railroad sites tend to be neglected. They are run down and have become popular sites for vandals. Showing these sites as they are today can help encourage people to think about supporting railway preservation efforts.

Sometimes the visual image of a space will be more defining than just a description. It gives people the idea of how desolate something might be and how some historic sites might be in danger of being lost forever. Going onto YouTube to make appeals with regards to preservation can really be critical for all to explore.

Explain the History

YouTube videos can also give people a better explanation about the importance of such a site. Much of this involves how the rail system is a great link to the history of a site. Many parts of a rail system had been used for transporting people and goods in the days before vehicles for consumer use were commonplace. In many cases the rail system was the only connection that some places had to the outside world.

The history of the Wabash and other railroads is important for all to explore. By addressing this point on YouTube, historical societies will have a much easier time explaining what makes such railroads critical for all to get behind.

Details on how these sites are being used today can also be explained. Sometimes the history of a site may spill over to today as different places are often being maintained based on things like the ways how a property is used for storing items or even for transit purposes. The amazing thing is that some historic railroads are being used today for many purposes. The need to place an emphasis on this is important as it shows the average viewer that such railroads are still relevant to today’s society when all is said and done.

YouTube really can be a great place for railway preservation promotion. Preservationists are looking to use YouTube today to make people more interested in these railroads and to encourage support to protect many of these historical sites. If YouTube is used properly then people will certainly begin to discover the importance that comes with working to make the railroads more important to all those in society and to give everyone ideas on why they have to be managed the right way.