Are Railways in Peril?

National Rail Networks :: A Look Back in Time The world’s first national rail networks were constructed in Britain, with the first inter-city line connecting the industrial midland city Manchester with the port of Liverpool in 1830. So, are you wondering, which country forged a national rail network next?  France? Sweden, the United States? ItContinue reading “Are Railways in Peril?”

Railway Museum in Cairo Reopened

    In March, 2016 the Egyptian Railway Museum reopened. Photo Gallery of the renovated museum.         Nearly three years ago, during May 2013, while visiting Cairo, I planned to see the Egyptian Railway Museum which occupies a portion of Ramses Station on the edge of a vast area of traffic flyovers, market stalls andContinue reading “Railway Museum in Cairo Reopened”

Rail Link from China to Germany :: Silk Road Revived

Update: China’s Grand Project, The Economist August 5, 2017 p. 49-50. In 2013, Zhengzhou, a business and logistics center in Central China, became the starting point for rail transport service to Hamburg, Germany and other European ports.  The trip is a 6,436 mile (10,214-kilometer) run taking 15 to 18 days — twice as fast as shipping goods by sea. ChinaContinue reading “Rail Link from China to Germany :: Silk Road Revived”

Ceret :: On the Mediterranean Coast

My friend Virginie Raguenaud is publishing this wonderful book about the artists who painted in    Catalonia.  I can’t wait to read it! At the end of my trek across France through the Pyrénées Mountains, I rested in Ceret and sketched the fishing boats and old seaside buildings.  When I left town, I boarded aContinue reading “Ceret :: On the Mediterranean Coast”

Melbourne in the State of Victoria

Through countryside that resembles eastern Oregon or northern California without the mountains, I rode the CountryLink train South, South West from Sydney to Melbourne, an all-day ride.  Only sour moment was receiving a packet of imitation espresso powder and a cup of hot water when I expected brewed coffee at least. After 10 days inContinue reading “Melbourne in the State of Victoria”

Riff on Silence

Train on my way to Savannah, Gee A.  Mix of people new to train travel and old timers who know the routines. Pervasive rings of mobile phones display the only creativity modern AmeriCan-Bandana allows: What is your ring-tone? While most want to fill the space with sound, the rest of us are struggling to emptyContinue reading “Riff on Silence”

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