Here’s your railway station master in Wakayama, Japan… it’s a cat!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Oh, wow. In the Kinokawa town of Wakayama, Japan, where the Wakayama Electric Railway-operated Kishi railway station lies, the latter has, among its rank of employees, a cat named Tama. Apparently the feline has been pulling in the crowds to take the train ever since she was recruited as station master. This can only be […]

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JR East of Japan reveals its super luxurious train and it’s kind of spectacular

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Thursday 12 June 2014

JR East of Japan has recently released new images of its upcoming luxury sleeper train, with its passenger suites guaranteed to release some oohs and aahs. Based on a design theme that heralds ‘a train where passengers can enjoy the flow of time and space.’, its very cool carriages come with extra large windows for the largest possible view of the outside landscape.

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The dangerous sport of South African train surfing

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 April 2014

Italian photographer and filmmaker Marco Casino went to Katlehong, one of the largest townships in South Africa, to document a rather dangerous subculture and sport: train surfing. It involves ‘jumping aboard moving trains and surfing on carriage roofs, dodging 3,000 volt electric cables. Some say it’s a means of finding release or even a way to express themselves’.

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Double-decker train turned into the first ever mobile coffee shop

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 23 November 2013

You’re late for work, you’re rushing to catch the next train. Then you realize you haven’t had your morning coffee yet. It suddenly becomes a choice between catching the next train and making it on time, or passing by Starbucks and getting your fill of that hot cup of heaven. Why not have both? There […]

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This train leaves trails of Laser graffiti

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Saturday 26 October 2013

It all started out when Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank found a powerful RGB laser on Ebay for 600 bucks and decided to point it at the canyon walls outside LA. Unfortunately, the light show scared the whits out of an elderly man who happened to also be in the area (the middle of nowhere, to be precise). […]

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The world would be a better place if all locomotives were dressed in colourful crochet

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By Dijana Necovski in New Art on Monday 19 August 2013

Textile artist Olek has covered an entire locomotive with colourful crochet in her home country. The Polish-born artist created the panels in New York after being inspired by a train ride from New York to San Francisco and along with her four assistants, spent two full days in Łódź, Poland, to cover a Px48 steam locomotive and carriages in […]

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Mumbai’s train travelers: illustrations of India’s most colourful people

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By Cyrus Daruwala in New Illustration on Thursday 28 March 2013

People are my inspiration. So the world’s most populated suburban transport system provided more than enough creative fodder. These are the profiles of the Mumbai train travellers, captured in my new book, I Take This Train Too. Through humorous profiling and caricatures (with personality-inspired hues), I have attempted to map this unparalleled universe. An international crowd-funding initiative […]

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Mike Brodie’s photos of professional hobos and train hoppers

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Thursday 28 March 2013

I’ve always been drawn to the idea of giving everything up and traveling as a vagabond train hopper. And Mike Brodie’s photo only feeds that fantasy. Brodie is a real-life, professional hobo and train hopper. Beginning in 2002, he traversed 50,000 miles through 46 states on more than 170 freight trains. And he brought a camera […]

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Mini train photography by Jeff Friesen

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By Eugenia Viti in New Photography on Tuesday 18 December 2012

At first glance I thought these cool landscape photos with a train were pretty normal, but taking a second glance, I realized that it’s actually a mini-train which fits into a shopping bag. These photos not only ignite the imagination, but also show Canada’s beautiful landscapes.

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Trains of India: a photo series by Steve McCurry

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Photography on Friday 30 November 2012

The amazing photo series called Trains taken by the internationally recognized American photographer Steve McCurry developed on one of his many trips to India capturing the country and its people. These pictures give us a pretty interesting insight into the ancient culture and its means of transportation, aside from what we may know from famous movies such as Slumdog Millionaire and the whole Bollywood world.

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Uyuni in South America: where trains go to die

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 9 November 2012

Couple of years back, we featured the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, where the biggest vast and sparse salt lands in the world are. Apparently, it’s also where trains in South America go to die, thanks to the salt winds that corrode metal. Most of the locomotives are British imports and date back to the early 20th century — not that you can tell, looking at their drastically rusted bodies. Still, there’s something about this ghost town for abandoned trains that seems to put time on hold.

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Mini Train

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Monday 6 July 2009

Mini Train taps into the joy that we all felt as children when playing with blocks and choo-choo trains. If you’re having a boring day, this should help pass the time.

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