railways (8)



At just 206 metres (680 feet) above sea level, the Great Orme (below) might be thought of as rather a slight hill. But it looks as imposing as a far greater eminence, as it overlooks the seaside resort of Llandudno, on the north Welsh coast about a 4½-hour drive or train ride from London and just over an hour's drive and two hours by rail from Liverpool. It’s a limestone headland about two miles long and a mile wide where, back in the Bronze Age, copper was mined (but they only discovered the

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Since the 1720s, wooden railways have been known as truck travel agencies. In 1720, a railway was reportedly used to build a French fort in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia (now Canada). Between 1762 and 1764, at the end of the French and Indian War (1756–1763), British military engineers built gravity railways (mechanized cable cars) on the steep riverside terrain near the cliffs of the Niagara Falls Trams).

History of  United States Railways

From the Industrial Revolution in the Northeast (1810 to 1850)

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Riding Wales' Ffestiniog Steam Railway


‘If you steal a sheep, they’ll hang you, but if you steal a mountain, they’ll make you a Lord’

                                                                                                                          - old Welsh saying.

There’s evidence of this stealing of mountains all over Snowdonia National Park in northwest Wales. Where they haven’t carved the mountain out, and exported it all over the world, the slopes are littered with the stuff they didn’t want.

But,how did they carry aw

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Norway's Otofen Railway


We didn’t stay very long in Narvik. No sooner had our cruise ship tied up, than we were on to a bus to the railway station. Our objective was a scenic ride on the Otofen Railway. . It doesn’t seem to receive as much publicity as other scenic routes in Norway, probably because it’s operated by Swedish Railways.

The port and the railway owe their existence to the discovery of iron ore in 1902 in Kiruna, in Sweden. It was a convenient port from which to ship the ore, rather than convey it all the wa

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Train Holidays - A Unique Way to Explore Europe

Traversing Europe by train is fast becoming one of the most popular ways of experiencing the continent. It is extremely comfortable, leisurely and convenient, as well as being well-priced. InterRail, for example, is immensely popular with students (particularly travel bloggers) who are looking to explore Europe, from the beaches of Normandy to the vodka-ridden pubs of Eastern Europe, on a budget. In addition, many modern trains provide superb amenities and reasonably friendly service, often putt

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The romance of traveling by train never fades. Trains mean a journey. The feeling of travel while sitting on a train is unique. The scenery flows past in a way not like from an airplane or in a car – especially if you’re the one driving and you can’t sightsee, but also because a train crosses countryside instead of following busy roads.

Steam Trains evoke romance of travel

Steam trains especially conjure up romantic images of long black locomotives puffing their smoky way across vast plains in Africa, India or the North American pra

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9008611452?profile=originalDiscover the Rail Way. On May 7, 2011, the 4th will be a free coast-to-coast celebration.  Take the Amtrak Downeaster from Boston Mass. to Old Orchard Beach Maine, and enjoy your stay at the Atlantic Birches Inn, an elegant Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Stay two nights during the week of May 7, 2011 show us your train stub at our Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast and we will pay for half your fare from Boston to our Old Orchard Beach Inn.  

Old Orchard Beach Maine trains are now traveling eig

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All Aboard the Fastest Train in India

We left our B&B so early this morning that we missed the second B. We got across Delhi with no traffic in sight until we got within a block of the train station. Then the throngs appeared. Tuk Tuks and taxis were moving in eight directions. Everyone was honking horns, and there were a thousand people carrying huge bags, balancing bags on their heads and pushing and swarming across the street all trying to be the first lemming into the train station. It took thirty minutes to cover the last block

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