February 26, 2012 |
In the cab of Alberni Pacific Railway's No. 7, a small, tough logging locomotive that has spent its 82 years on Vancouver Island, Canada, George Williamson - at 78, nearly as old as the engine - notched out the throttle. In the fireman's seat was his son, Pat, not a young man himself. Nor was I, returning to a locomotive cab in which I'd ridden in 1969, when I'd wangled a ride out of the forest when this locomotive was hauling logs. Now it was toting tourists, and my cab ride was available for a modest extra fare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2011 |
A coalition of environmental groups is suing three companies that operate 17 rail yards throughout California, looking to eliminate the toxic diesel particulate emissions spewed by locomotives and trucks over surrounding communities. In a complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the coalition demanded that Union Pacific Corp., Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC and BNSF Railway Co. replace older, more polluting locomotives and trucks with newer, cleaner models; prohibit idling near residences; and adopt technologies designed to reduce diesel soot.
July 8, 2011 |
Jogging along the Whittier Greenway Trail is traversing a corridor of history, a trip through an era when citrus trees bloomed — and boomed — in the breeze of passing rail trains. I found this trail because I wanted somewhere long and flat to run, but then I realized I'd stumbled on a relic of a Southern California long past. The Whittier Greenway Trail is a rail trail, a multipurpose public path along an abandoned rail corridor. Following the gentle grade of railroads, rail trails offer recreation — bicycling, walking, horseback riding — and open transportation routes through otherwise dense urban areas where similar trails would now be difficult to build.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2011 |
Even for Los Angeles, the accident scene drew an unusually large number of gawkers — and the accident hadn't even happened yet. The 6,000 or so ticket-buyers who gathered that September day in 1906 had come to see a staged head-on collision between two locomotives on a mile-long stretch of track laid down in Agricultural Park near downtown. The Times gave the meeting of Engine Nos. 13 and 23, late of the Salt Lake Railroad, the tongue-in-cheek buildup of a great boxing match or horse race.
March 29, 2011 |
What kid or adult has not daydreamed about playing train engineer? The Nevada Northern Railway, a National Historic Landmark in Ely, Nev., about 250 miles north of Las Vegas , stokes the dreams of the Old West by renting out a century-old steam locomotive to would-be engineers who can shove coal into the firebox, pull on the throttle and blow the whistle. The rental price, which runs into the hundreds, varies. But if you book and pay by Thursday for trips between April and October, you can get a discount.
November 12, 2010 |
"Unstoppable" is as good as its name. A runaway train drama that never slows down, it fashions familiarity into a virtue and shows why old-school professionalism never goes out of style. With action auteur Tony Scott directing, "Unstoppable" certainly features a lot that we've seen before, from its vehicle-from-hell format to its venerable advertising line: "1,000,000 Tons, 100,000 Lives, 100 Minutes. " Yes, they still do make them that way. This is also the second straight Scott film (after the underappreciated "The Taking of Pelham 123")