Saturday, 29 January 2011

The Spiral Tunnels, British Columbia, Canada.

Canadian Pacific built the Spiral Tunnels which was opened for rail traffic in 1908 to reduce the grade of the track bed at Big Hill near Kicking Horse Pass in the Canadian Rockies. More than 25 trains pass through the Spiral Tunnels daily. It was declared a National Historic site in 1971.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Golden Spike National Historic Railway Monument, Utah, U. S. A.

The "Golden Spike" (aka "The Last Spike") is the ceremonial final spike driven to join the rails of the first Transcontinental rail road across the U.S.A connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific rail roads on 10 May 1869 at Promontory Summit, Utah. Each year on May 10th, a ceremony is held at Promontory Summit where Union Pacific Loco No 119 and Central Pacific Loco No 60 (aka the "Jupiter") are drawn face to face.

Monday, 17 January 2011

A Railway Bridge in Finland.

Sendai Railway Station, Japan.

Sendai Railway Station is the major railway hub of the Tohoku region in Japan. It is a stop for all Akita and Tohoku Shinkansen trains, the eastern terminus for the Senzan line, and major stop on both the Tohoku Main Line and Senseki Line. The station was opened on 15th December 1887. It serves the largest amount of passengers in the greater Tokyo area.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Nozomi, Japan

Nozomi is the fastest train service running on the Tokaido Shinkansen in Japan. The service stops at only the largest stations, with maximum operating speed of 285km/h.