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Trams and freight trains share the road in Bremen

I’ve written about freight trams before, but in the city of Bremen in northeast Germany freight there is something a little different – a freight siding that shares the tram tracks. Photo by Spoorjan, via Wikimedia Commons The freight siding […]

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Russian level crossings bite back!

As I travelled across Russia by train there was an interesting feature at every level crossing we passed through – massive steel plates that lifted out of the roadway, preventing cars from driving around the boom gates. Some level crossings […]

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When bike paths meet a railway level crossing

Recently I asked myself the question – how does a bike path cross a railway? When a road does the same thing, a level crossing has to be built – but I had to look to the Netherlands to see what a level crossing for bikes looks like.

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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.

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Russian high-speed railways and level crossings

Russia’s fastest train is the Сапсан (Sapsan) which links Moscow to Saint Petersburg at speeds of up to 250 km/h (155 mph). It entered service in December 2009 on existing railway tracks, which raised safety concerns in the villages along the way. So how did they react?

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Oddball warning signs on the Russian Railways

When travelling across Russia and you don’t understand the language, then any warning sign you see takes on a different tone.

«берегите свою жизнь! не прыгайте с платформы!» Continue reading

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