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Vous avez sans doute entendu parler d’un pour Perpignan bloqué 6 heures dans un tunnel à la sortie de Paris.6…
tgv  reportage  accident  france  sncf  transport  crisis  train 
10 weeks ago by aries1988
Sleeper hit: travelling across America via Amtrak’s trains

Trains were once the most romantic means of travel. They changed our perception of distance, shrinking and expanding the world while offering a moving window on to the grandeur of its landscapes.
travel  train  story  usa  history  american 
november 2017 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation Cabbages and Kings
A game that’s actually fun to play with your children.

I love my children and love being with them — in theory. But in practice, you must fill those hours of togetherness with something that doesn’t make you or your children squirm with impatience.

most of the stuff you can do with children is terrible. Kids’ board games are bad. Pretending to be pirates or whatever is bad. Crafts are bad. Playing sports with kids is bad until about age 13, when the opposing trajectories of your athletic abilities and your child’s athletic abilities intersect, and then it’s good for like a week, and then they reliably crush you, and it’s bad again.

They play cards so differently, befitting their personalities: the older in a constant state of simmering rage at the unjustness of everyone else’s moves, which turns, in the moment of victory, to benevolent forgiveness; the younger silently, watchfully processing the game and then making a surprising and intuitive move to defeat us all.
idea  moi  train  travel  family  card  game  fun  parents  kid 
november 2017 by aries1988
What makes train travel such an antidote to life’s stresses? | Aeon Essays
trains blurred the line between public and private. ‘Train travel requires people to do private things in public,’

And what’s fascinating about it is the possibility of being able to observe strangers. For women in particular who don’t have a lot of geographic mobility in urban spaces, riding on a train is as close as they can get to that flâneur experience of urban life – where you can sit and you can watch people and you can eavesdrop on conversations.’

When, several years ago, I returned to Russia after a long absence, I booked a 24-hour train journey for myself and my eight-year-old daughter from St Petersburg to Odessa in Ukraine. I wanted her to experience what I remembered: a whole day together, an uninterrupted passage of hours filled with books and conversations, an opportunity to spend time entirely on ourselves, by ourselves, and with ourselves.

Just like my mother more than 30 years earlier, I packed boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, bread, cheese and apples. We ate all three meals together without television, telephone or the internet. When the conductor brought tea – much like I remembered from the Sochi express times, with two cubes of sugar, in a classic railway cup – we drank it with sweets we bought at an intermediate stop, looked out of the window, and talked.
essay  train  travel  transport  story  russia  family  nostalgia  history  people  female 
july 2016 by aries1988
Miniatur Wunderland *** official video *** largest model railway / railroad of the world
The official video about Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, the largest model railway in the world, and one of the most successful tourist attractions in Germany. ...
deutschland  idea  train  model  transport  airplane  fun  travel  museum  moi  germany 
december 2015 by aries1988
80后大学老师创全国高铁图走红 如地铁图般清晰(图)


陶岸君说,大家反响好正说明我们需要这么一张图,现在国家的高铁在技术上、建设上都进步很快,达到世界先进水平,但服务细节上还有改善空间,线路图就是其中之一。陶岸君希望,自己不仅是把高铁图画得像地铁图、更能以此为契机改变点什么,让大家坐高铁出行能更方便,如果国家铁路部门制作一个官方的线路图或者APP那就更好了。如果铁路部门有需要,他愿意把这些图供官方使用,方便更多人乘火车。孙文文
train  chinese  infographics  amateur  map 
august 2015 by aries1988
How Washington Derailed Amtrak
And those stats don’t figure to improve anytime soon. While Amtrak isn’t currently in danger of being killed, it also isn’t likely to do more than barely survive. Last month, the House of Representatives agreed to fund Amtrak for the next four years at a rate of $1.4 billion per year. Meanwhile, the Chinese government—fair comparison or not—will be spending $128 billion this year on rail. (Thanks to the House bill, though, Amtrak passengers can look forward to a new provision allowing cats and dogs on certain trains.)

This is a public service,” argues Andy Kunz, president of USHSR. “Our highways don’t make a profit. Our airports don’t make a profit. It’s all paid for by the government.” (Together, the Highway Trust Fund and the Federal Aviation Administration receive about 45 times what Amtrak does, through subsidies and gas taxes.)

For decades, Amtrak ran a long-distance train from Los Angeles to Jacksonville called the Sunset Limited. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina washed out the tracks from New Orleans to Florida. The service was never restored, and the Gulf Coast has been without rail travel for nearly a decade now.
train  usa  crisis  future  transport 
may 2015 by aries1988
39 Hours Inside The Biggest Human Migration On Earth
Looking across this sea of anxious faces, it’s easy to forget this is a holiday. Knotted brows frame weary eyes in a crowd as deep as a football field, all of them waiting to catch a train out of Beijing.

The mass exodus from China’s cities is the roaring crescendo leading up to Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it’s known in the country. On paper the holiday can be equated to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s rolled into one, but on the ground the holiday unfolds on an entirely different scale.

Even in the dead of night, fluorescent lights in the hard seat compartment never shut off. It’s a policy with a purpose — total darkness in a packed car would be an invitation to mayhem — but the unceasing illumination presents passengers waking at 4 a.m. with a Pompeii-esque tableau: hundreds of men, women and children slumped unconscious across the booths, sinks and stairwells.
gaijin  chinese  holiday  family  train  photo  xinjiang  reportage  story 
february 2015 by aries1988
Shinkansen, le rêve ferroviaire nippon
Sur le tronçon le plus fréquenté entre Tokyo et Osaka – 323 trains par jour –, JR Central a transporté au cours de l’exercice fiscal 2013, clos fin mars 2014, 150 millions de passagers, « un chiffre jamais atteint », précise l’entreprise dont les ventes ont crû de 5,2 %, à 1 652 milliards de yens (11,9 milliards d’euros), et le profit net de 27,9 %, à 256 milliards de yens (1,8 milliard d’euros).

Le Shinkansen est cher. Il faut ainsi compter 28 900 yens (208 euros) pour un aller-retour Tokyo-Osaka. Mais il est très rentable. Les trains sont quasiment toujours pleins. « C'est lié au modèle économique, explique Hironori Kato, chercheur de l'université de Tokyo, qui analyse les liens entre le Shinkansen et le développement économique. Les gares sont espacées de 300 à 700 kilomètres. A moins, les gens prennent leur voiture. A plus, ils préfèrent l'avion. »

Dans les années 1930, le gouvernement avait travaillé sur un train circulant « plus vite qu’une balle de pistolet », entre Tokyo et Pékin, en passant par la péninsule coréenne alors colonie nippone. En 1940, le feu vert est donné. Les travaux commencent en 1941. La guerre les interrompra en 1943, mais plusieurs tunnels auront été percés, qui restent à ce jour utilisés par le Shinkansen.
train  tgv  japan  history  explained 
october 2014 by aries1988
High-Speed Empire
High-speed rail may be a contemporary obsession, but it was invented decades ago by a Japanese engineer named Hideo Shima, who demonstrated in 1957 that a lightweight carriage could be made to travel at game-changing speeds by feeding power through a motor straight to each wheel. Electricity could be channeled to the train through a set of overhead wires and a pantograph -- a method similar to that used for years by city streetcars -- except that the whole apparatus had to be on a dedicated track kept free of road crossings and sharp curves.

If you were trying to dream up a tool for creating low-skilled employment, generating big construction contracts, and laying the foundations for continuing industrial prowess, you would have a hard time doing better than high-speed rail. There are jobs for everyone on the socioeconomic spectrum -- from top managers, to university-trained engineers, to sales agents, to running crews, to factory foremen, to shovel gangs.

The credit infusion has been largely a family affair, as the Chinese “Big Four” megabanks -- China Construction Bank, Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Agricultural Bank of China -- are state enterprises that take in small deposits from millions of households and lend out mountainous sums to fund national and local capital projects. Whether the ventures will ever generate enough revenue to repay the loans has often been a secondary concern to the central government. But that means banks could be left holding a slew of nonperforming loans -- and that is what has happened with rail.
today  china  train  tgv 
march 2014 by aries1988
写在动车7·23事故两周年
高铁作为高速、准时、安全的交通工具,大大减少了因路途遥远而对经济发展造成的不利影响。它不仅使原有的城市圈更紧密地融合在一起,而且进一步扩大了城市圈的范围。中国西部的高铁建设也可以降低原先的区位劣势,加快西部经济的发展速度。更重要的是,高铁与亚欧大陆其他国家铁路联网,可以形成一个高效的陆路运输系统,简直可以称为“现代丝绸之路”,这对于现在由英美等国主宰的海路运输系统是重大的冲击,用战略术语来说,就是用“陆权”挑战了“海权”。因此,高铁的建设还有重要的战略意义。
 问题在于,从动车组2007年开始运行到2011年的7·23事故,4年时间才发生了一次事故,这么小的样本数,根本就不足以确定在所有人都尽了力的情况下仍不可避免要发生的动车组事故所遵循的泊松分布的λ值。换句话说,光从事故发生频率来看,我们根本无从得知这次事故究竟是尽了力而不可避免,还是根本就没尽力(理论上说,只有用“事故树”之类分析方法,才能大概算出事故的概率,确定λ值)。既然如此,我出于人道主义,希望动车组吸取教训,又有何不可?这就好比说,我让某人录入一篇文章,他只录了两三句,我就发现他录错一个字。在不知道他的真正录错率的情况下,我提醒他注意一下,后面尽量别录错,这时却突然有人出来振振有词地说,人家已经尽力了,录错率就是这么高,你这种指责是苛求。——到底是谁不懂概率论呢?
平心而论,高铁因为7·23事故而发展受阻,我自己也觉得很可惜。但是坦白地说,对高铁来说,我首先是一名乘客,其次才是一个愿意了解其重要价值和战略意义的爱国者。也许有人就愿意连作为一名乘客的义务(督促高铁提供更好的服务)都不去履行,却先“跨越”了一步,只顾逮着高铁的价值滔滔不绝,但是,我相信大多数人并不是这样的。
opinion  train  china  future  accident  safety 
july 2013 by aries1988
Chinese People on Trains by Wang Fuchun | Amusing Planet
王福春 火车上的中国人 -拍得可真不错。
photo  train  via:demoi 
june 2013 by aries1988
穿越西伯利亚的无产阶级列车 - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览
在过去的三个小时里,在这片森林里我们没有看到一条路、一个村庄或者一个人。望着窗外,我不能想象世界上还有哪个地方能如此原始,没有人烟,唯一能看到的就是横贯大陆的铁路线。有几处,火车线的地势高于森林,我们就能看到白雪覆顶的大山,在绿色的地平线上方闪耀。米拉说的对;在这条不可思议、不切实际却宏伟而美丽的铁路线上穿越西伯利亚广袤的荒野,有一种不可否认的浪漫。
googlereader  train  russia  travel 
october 2012 by aries1988
被遗忘的7·23动车事故 - 朝日新聞中文网
温州动车事故令“速度优先,轻视安全”的中国社会为之动摇,但这起事故却迅速被人们淡忘。中国经济增长速度时隔3年有所下降,政府再次开始依靠铁路实施经济复苏。
photo  japan  china  train  accident 
july 2012 by aries1988
Cartographie des retards de trains en France
Tous les constructeurs réussissent à faire baisser la consommation et les rejets de CO2 de leurs véhicules. Mais les grosses voitures allemandes (Mercedes et BMW) restent encore à la traîne.-- Delivered by Feed43 service
cartography  france  train  sncf 
june 2012 by aries1988
《卫报》 :如果不改变威权制度,中国将崩溃
本次动车相撞事故和后来如雪崩般出现的评论说明,处于技术前沿的知识型经济系统无法与一党制国家兼容。 我们被辩护者无数次告知,中国不一样。欧洲启蒙运动的价值观——宽容、有益的异议、法制、言论自由、多元化——这里都不需要。温州事件则是一次苦涩的提醒,人类的痛苦和对问责制的要求是普世性的。此外,这些也是运转良好的经济与社会的重要基础。会出现“中国之春”的,而且会比任何人预期的来得更早。
train  collapse  opinion  china  crisis  accident 
august 2011 by aries1988
南方周末:【高铁之乱】“不可能”的事故
“铁道系统内部核心人士介绍,“7·23”动车追尾事故原因初步查明,只待有关方面权威发布。”

“信号系统地面设备本身的设计问题使雷击造成的故障升级,红码发成绿码,错误发出绿灯信号,引导D301前行追尾。”

“从23日20:25开始,一系列似乎合理的复杂调度实际上把两辆动车放到了危险的悬崖边,而信号设备的故障最终把两车推下了悬崖。”
china  train  accident  report  system  risk 
july 2011 by aries1988
起自中国拟直达新加坡 中国东南亚高铁线路今年动工
中国铁道部部长刘志军昨天表明,铁道部将在今年加快在老挝和缅甸进行的铁路合作项目前期工作,争取尽早开工。分析人士认为,有关工程的展开将带动中国与亚细安区域经济整合,并为中国的战略安全提供保障。
china  asia  train  future 
january 2011 by aries1988

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