Monthly Archives: March 2016

Steam power and trains in modern Russia

Russia has a history of railway electrification dating back to the 1930s, leading to the retirement of their last steam locomotives by the 1970s. However the distinctive smell of burning coal has not disappeared from the Russian Railways – just take a walk down the platform at any railway station.

ЧС2Т class electric locomotive ЧС2Т 954 ready to lead our train out of Saint Petersburg Continue reading

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Playing it safe on the railways of Russia

On the railways of Russia I saw plenty of signs warning against walking on the tracks, but it appears that nobody pays any attention to them.

Crossing the tracks, but more interested in his phone call Continue reading

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Railfan’s guide to Budapest, Hungary

My visit to Budapest was stop number three on my trip across Europe, and I stayed there for a few days – the city has plenty to see, and you won’t be able to visit all of the locations below in a single day.

Budapest Chain Bridge lit up by night Continue reading

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