Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
The Curitiba - Paranagua railway is one of the most exciting and scenic travel routes in Brazil. It winds its way across the mountains of Serra do Mar - Brazil's coastal range - in the southern state of Paraná. The trip covers 62 miles. The journey between Curitiba, the state capital, and the port city of Paranaguá, owes its appeal to the engineering feats accomplished in the construction of the railway as well as to the natural beauty and cultural attractions along its path.
Leipzig Central Station, is Europe's largest railway station when measured by floor area. It handles an average of 150,000 passengers per day, with a total of over 54 million people using the station each year. The station was opened in 1915. The building has two identical domed entrance halls facing the street. The building was damaged by bombing during WW II when roof over the concourse collapsed and one of the entrance halls was destroyed. The station was restored to its original appearance in the 1950s. After the German unification the station was renovated and modernized.
Locomotive 424 is the most famous steam locomotive produced in Hungary. Class 424 is considered the best steam locomotive type of the Hungarian State Railways. It made its first run between Budapest and and Vác on 22 April 1924. They remained in service until 1984, when steam engines were withdrawn in Hungary. Three engines were preserved for historical and excursion trains. 424 287 is one such engine. The train awaits a departure at the Vác railway station.