December 5, 1989 |
A new passenger train set the world record today for the highest speed on rails, rocketing along at 298 m.p.h., the French national railroad announced. The train, carrying no passengers, broke the record of 253 m.p.h. set in May, 1988, by an Inter-City Express locomotive in West Germany. The record was set on a section of track in the wine-growing Loire Valley due to come into service next year.
June 5, 1998 |
Rescue workers continued to search for survivors, victims and clues in modern Germany's deadliest rail disaster. The official death toll stood at 92 in the wreck, which occurred in the northern town of Eschede when a dozen train cars and the rear engine of Inter-City Express 884 derailed while traveling at 125 mph. An official said about 60 older high-speed trains will be removed from service because of indications that a damaged wheel may have played a role in the crash.
June 6, 1998 |
The reason for a rattling that alarmed some passengers in the minutes before the crash of InterCity Express 884 now seems clear: Investigators said a broken wheel was the most likely cause of the disaster. The damaged wheel was on the first car behind the locomotive. Investigators found the fractured steel rim that circles the wheel and helps keep the train on the tracks lodged in the train car's rear wheels.
June 4, 1998 |
Hurtling with a momentum that piled train cars one atop another in twisted heaps of steel, Germany's fastest passenger train derailed and jackknifed Wednesday when the lead locomotive broke loose. State officials said at least 100 people were killed. Traveling at 125 mph, car after car slammed into the pylons of an overpass, bringing the bridge crashing down on the wreckage.
April 18, 1993 |
European trains are charming. European flights are civilized. European highways are scenic. Add these qualities, and you've got a European hydrofoil. Of the above options that tourists can consider in traveling from Budapest to Vienna (or vice versa), floating on or, more accurately, just above the blue Danube River is the most unusual. Mention hydrofoil and "nauseous" comes to my mind, no doubt the result of too many times across the English Channel.
June 30, 1991 |
Just when experts had decided how to stop it from leaning too much, the Tower of Pisa has sprung back a bit--one-tenth of an inch to be precise. Earlier this year, a panel of government-appointed experts said they had decided to gird the medieval tower with steel rings in a bid to keep the monument from tilting too fast.