Here is the biggest goddamn snow blower you've ever seen

Add this to your ever-growing list of things you never knew existed but now desperately need: a BNSF rotary snow blower. The video up top is of a model currently in operation clearing railroad tracks in Aurora, NE, but you'll find them all over the country, churning through formidable heaps of tightly packed snow… » 12/14/12 12:40pm 12/14/12 12:40pm

We already have the technology to send trains into space, at a fraction…

This is Startram, a proposed launch system that would use magnetic levitation trains, a 1000-mile tunnel, and a superconducting cable to reach low Earth orbit. Amazingly, we already have the technology to do it...at far less than the cost of rockets. » 3/11/12 4:00pm 3/11/12 4:00pm

Moving Platforms let you get on high-speed train while it's still moving

Imagine boarding a tram in Manhattan, which then leaves the city to connect with a high-speed train. You leave the tram for the train, and next thing you know you're in downtown San Francisco...all without ever stopping at a station. » 11/29/11 5:00pm 11/29/11 5:00pm

How Victorian engineers almost built an underwater tunnel between…

Over a hundred years before the Channel Tunnel opened, providing an undersea railway link between France and the UK, a Victorian engineer dreamed up a daring plan to build a tunnel linking Scotland and Ireland. Those plans were forgotten...until now. » 10/18/11 3:10pm 10/18/11 3:10pm

Your Subway Car Wants Kill You

What do you get when you combine a sentient, artificially intelligent subway train (starring Emma Clarke, the voice of the London Underground and Keanu Reeves) with Speed and Titanic? It turns out you get "Sentient Subway," a hilarious Hollywood movie pitch that needs a bit of work on its title. However, having heard… » 1/02/08 2:40pm 1/02/08 2:40pm