Trains

Associated Press

The Polar Vortex's Latest Victims: Amtrak Passengers

The train ride from hell.

Reuters

Could a $500 Gadget Have Prevented the Metro-North Tragedy?

What would it cost to repurpose an advanced radar/GPS device to help control the speeds of trains?

The Lost Excitement, Pathos, and Beauty of the Railroad Timetable

An elegy for the paper symbol of the mechanical age.

Starbucks

Take a Peek Inside Starbucks's First Train Car Cafe

In Switzerland, the coffee giant is about to become even more ubiquitous.

10 Gorgeous, Nostalgic Photos of New York's Old Penn Station

Fifty years after its destruction, the iconic building is gone but not forgotten.

Michael Vanger

The Agonizing Wait for the Train, Charted

A smart new visualization of what it really means to wait for the subway.

Chris Coleman

This Is What Your Commute Would Look Like If You Had a 3D Scanner

It would be way more beautiful.

Shutterstock

Adorable Runaway Kittens Shut Down Part of the New York Subway

A train delay you can get behind.

Wakayama City

Brilliant Transportation Gimmick of the Day: A Cat Station Master

A Japanese train station that appointed a local stray raked in an extra $10.4 million over one year.

Eerie, Pixelated Girl Lurks in a British Train Station

Cross that demon child from The Ring with a 16-bit Super Mario, and you might get this uncanny optical illusion.

Reuters

That Horrible Spanish Train Crash Appears to Have Been Caused By a Reckless Driver

With terrible consequences.

Reuters

A Paris Commuter Train Derails, Killing at Least 6

Officials describe an "apocalyptic" scene in Brétigny-sur-Orge, just 12 miles south of the city.

H. Reid

The Secret Life of American Trains

Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs features over 200 shots of railways and trains, unearthed by the book's authors.

Shutterstock

We Could Be Doing Something Useful With the Energy Under Our Feet

Some surprisingly not-so-unrealistic plans to capture unused energy all around us.

Reuters

Sudan's Once Great Train System Is Now in Utter Disrepair

The country once boasted Africa's largest network. Now much is out of service, thanks to mismanagement and neglect.

A Mapped History of Train Travel in the United States

On the 209th birthday of the first steam engine trip, how the Civil War impeded, then accelerated, the progress of America's trains.

Mike Hicks

Visualizing How Poorly Amtrak's Route Network Serves Most of the U.S.

Some cities, you just can't reach.

Reuters

Why All of Grand Central's Clocks Are Wrong

The secret to catching a train there, revealed.

RapidCommute.com

Public Transportation ... for Your Car?

Behold the train-ferry for car commuters, and one of the craziest transit ideas we've ever seen.