Saturday, 29 November 2014
The Little Yellow Train runs from Villefranche de Conflent, 50 km from Perpignan, to Latour de Carol, near the Spanish town of Puigcerda. The most spectacular part of the route is the section from the start at Villefranche, up as far as the small town and ski-resort area of Odeillo – Font-Romeu. Hugging the sides of the deep valley of the Tet, the line winds up between forests, chasms and gushing streams. From the start up as far Mont Louis, near the summit, passengers are treated to spectacular views of the rocky mountainous scenery, including villages, two historic fortresses, and a precariously perched old hermitage. The line, which was begun in 1903, is a spectacular feat of civil engineering, and apart from the dozens of mostly short tunnels, it includes many bridges and small viaducts, plus two remarkable viaducts spanning wider valleys. These include the remarkable Pont Gisclard, or Pont de Cassagne, which is the only railway suspension bridge in France. After Mont Louis, the line continues to rise for a kilometre or so, before reaching a broad high valley, which it skirts along for seven kilometres as far as the station at Font-Romeu– Odeillo. From here, it then descends some 300 metres down to a high valley on the Spanish border, and the frontier town of Bourg Madame. The station at Bourg Madame is just a few hundred metres from the Spanish border, and it is easy to walk to the old Spanish town of Puigcerda. The line terminates a few kilometres further on, at the small town of Latour de Carol, where it connects with the French railway line from Toulouse, and the RENFE Spanish line from Barcelona.
Gare de Tours is a railway station serving the city Tours in Western France. It is situated on the Paris – Bordeaux railway, the Tours – Saint Nazaire railway and the non-electrified Tours – Le Mans railway. On 28 December 1984, the railway station was classified as a historic monument. The railway station was built in 1898 with four allegorical limestone statues of cities (Bordeaux, Toulouse, Limoges and Nantes.
Sunday, 29 June 2014
The Monorail Line is an urban monorail system in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia. It opened on 31st August 2003, with 11 stations running 8.6 km on two parallel elevated tracks. It connects the Kula Lumpur Central transport hub with the “Golden Triangle” According to Ministry of Transport statistics, the annual ridership in 2008 was 21,765,233. On 1 March 2012, KL Monorail was integrated with the Ampang Line light rail transit when the "paid-up" or restricted areas of the Hang Tuah monorail and LRT stations and Titiwangsa monorail and LRT stations, were physically linked up, allowing transfers without the need to buy new tickets.
Monday, 2 June 2014
This is a view of Amsterdam Central Railway Station in 1910. The station structure remains the same even after 100 years, but the surroundings have changed. I have written about Amsterdam Central Station in one of my previous posts on 6th July 2010. You can compare this view with my previous posts and see the difference in the surroundings.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Photo: John B Hungerford
In this bucolic scene, Southern Pacific narrow gauge Second No 9 traverses Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada. Number 9 heads along right of way staked out almost 80 years earlier as the Carson & Colorado Railroad - the narrow gauge extension of Nevada's Virginia & Truckee Railway. In April 1960, No 9 was towed on April 26 by "Little Giant" to the Laws Railroad Museum at Bishop, California where she has remained ever since.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Photo: John B Hungerford
The cold, crisp air in Westwood, California sets off a plume of white steam as Fruit Growers Supply 2-8-2 No 104 goes about its business on this winter's day (Feb 1956) in the mountains. Its days are numbered, by the end of the year this whole operation at Westwood will be closed down, a remnant of the once mighty and affluent Red River Lumber Company. Bif 2-8-2 No 104 was one of the last acquisitions by Red River Lumber, arriving in 1943
The construction of the Metro station at Komsomolskaya began on May 1933, and opened the same month two years later in 1935. The station was built with an unusual upper gallery above the platform on the Sokolnicheskaya Line (line № 1) to help the rush of people. One of the architect of the project wrote that the station has been thought as one of the busiest one in Moscow and the gate of the city for many visitors, so it needed to be designed as to give the best first impression of the capital as possible.