This Perth train rider proves meeting strangers is easy: just dance!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in News on Wednesday 15 October 2014

You’ve grabbed the train like you do everyday heading to the same place as you do everyday. Then like normal, a guy stands in the middle of the carriage asking for the public’s attention. Except this time, it’s different. However, you divert your eyes, pretend to be sleeping or listening to you iPod.

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New Futuristic Russian tram unveiled … and it’s super badass

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel, Tech on Friday 18 July 2014

It may look like Thomas The Tank-Engine’s evil Russian uncle Boris The Bus, but it’s actually so much more! Developed by Uralvagonzavod, a high-tech tank manufacturer, this is the latest addition to the Russian public transport system. Dubbed R1, or Russa One, the street-train was revealed at the 2014 Innoprom Tech-Expo earlier this week. All […]

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KitKat bars as train tickets in Japan’s north

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 July 2014

London has Oyster Card, New York has MetroCard, Melbourne has Myki, and the folks using the Sanriku Railway network have KitKat. That’s right, Starting from June this year train travellers in northern Japan can use KitKat as train tickets.

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Compelling video of a train arriving at Berlin station

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 16 May 2014

Photographer and videographer Adam Magyar has created this oddly compelling video short taken from inside a train as it arrives into platform at a station in Berlin. It has a surreal and somewhat creepy edge to it, particularly the sight of two girls running between crowds standing on the platform.

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Travel between LA to NYC in under an hour? It’s coming

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Wednesday 24 July 2013

Commuting is a part of many people’s everyday routine. Imagine reducing your hour commute down to just minutes, or even better, imagine a transcontinental trip lasting less than an hour. Colorodo-based engineering company ET3 is hard at work developing a tube transport system that will allow for travel from LA to NYC in under an hour. This technology can even be applied to global transport, virtually eliminating the need for airplanes.

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Dumb Ways to Die: a brilliant Australian rail campaign

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in Video on Friday 5 July 2013

Australians have always been known as good sports when it comes to making fun of ourselves. I think we might actually enjoy it a little bit as well. So it only seems appropriate that we would promote rail safety with a campaign called Dumb Ways to Die. The public service message, which was intended for […]

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Commute and find love? Prague’s love trains may let you do that

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 24 May 2013

Transport company Ropid, which runs the Czech capital’s trains, has now hit upon the ingenious idea of rolling out special train cars for love-seeking commuters. The initiative is still in the works as they undergo polling to see just how the residents would take to it. Wonder if red roses and champers are on the […]

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Smallest train set ever has been scaled down 35,200 times

Kamalendra Contributor

By Kamalendra in New Art on Friday 22 February 2013

This is probably the smallest train set ever built. David K Smith created this complete with a tunnel and mountain. The train has been scaled down 35,200 times and is amazingly carved out on flexible rubber tubing, which rotates in the scenery built around it. Stunning.

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Naples’ Metro Station given a dramatic visual make-over

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Wednesday 23 January 2013

There’s an exciting project happening in Naples’ underground metro stations involving artists, designers and architects such as Alessandro Mendini, Anish Kapoor, Gae Aulenti Jannis Kounellis, Karim Rashid, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Sol LeWitt. Called the Art Stations Project, the initiative involves filling stations with amazing art and then opening them up for public viewing. One of our favourites is the Toledo Metro Station (pictured) which opened in September 2012 and was designed by Oscar Tusquets Blanca. You could say I’m a little jealous. The only art I come across in Sydney’s underground stations is graffiti.

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Interior of Paris train resembles the Palace of Versailles

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Saturday 22 September 2012

Why visit the Palace of Versailles, when you can RIDE in it? The interior of a train on Paris’s main transit system, the RER, has been transformed into a replica of the Palace of Versailles. The isles of the train are lined with golden sculptures, and the ceilings feature beautiful, intricate paintings. The interior, which was funded by the Palace itself, mimics the Hall of Mirrors, Marie Antoinette’s estate, and the Gallery of Battles. If you’re in Paris, you’ve got to check this out.

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