Grandpa Jerry's Train blog All about trains and personalized train videos for Kids Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:34:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The World’s Largest Model Train Set Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:56:31 +0000 Remember that model train set you and your dad built? Did it have an airport? Well, Germany’s Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg train set does. More

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What is Thomas the Tank Engine up to in 2013? Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:44:57 +0000   A day out with Thomas the Tank Engine in August.

The Illinois Railway Museum is pleased to announce our Day Out With Thomas 2013 event.    Dates and more info.

Thomas the Tank Engine will be at Roaring Camp Railroad in central California this weekend August 2,3,4th.

Bring your preschoolers to take the ride of their lives!  Seen on the pages of favorite storybooks, in playrooms, and on the television screen, Thomas the Tank Engine® is adored by little engineers everywhere.  Now, Thomas the Tank Engine is pulling into the station for a larger than life experience at Day Out With Thomas®: The GO GO Thomas Tour 2013.  Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled and exciting way for children and adults to enter the world of Thomas & Friends®.  Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride with Thomas and have their pictures taken with Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of Thomas’ railway. The tour provides a unique, interactive and memorable family experience at every station, offering a variety of entertaining activities that reflect the local flavor of each stop. Find out more. 

"My Toy Train Story" photo personalized kids train DVD

Star your kids in their own toy train video or dvd 

It’s not Thomas, it’s better because you are the star of your own kids train video or DVD.

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Cartoon train videos for preschool children. Wed, 29 May 2013 13:04:47 +0000
I Am a Choo Choo Train – Nursery Rhyme Videos… by shemarookids

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Reading & Northern: #425 Triumphantly Returns! Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:37:51 +0000

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Big Bigger Biggest Fastest Train Ever Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:32:15 +0000

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158 year old Steam Locomotive _ EIR 21 Heritage Run, Chennai Sun, 14 Apr 2013 14:57:34 +0000

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Steam Train struggles on 1 in 48 grade. SRV Robinvale Weeken Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:24:44 +0000

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California’s High-Speed Rail Authority sues everybody, invites you to argue case in court Sun, 07 Apr 2013 16:48:28 +0000  

SACRAMENTO — If you’re reading this, consider yourself served.

The state of California has filed a civil case against everyone — literally, the whole world — seeking to validate $8.6 billion in voter-approved bonds for its $69 billion high-speed rail project.

The lawsuit, titled “High-Speed Rail Authority v. All Persons Interested,” is meant as a pre-emptive strike so the state can confirm that it’s definitely legal to issue some of the bonds needed to begin bullet train construction this summer. By citing a somewhat obscure California civil code, the state can use the “sue now or forever hold your peace” strategy to prevent a string of future lawsuits and, instead, deal with the legal issues in one fell swoop.

Anyone interested in trying to block the project can sign up with the court, put their endless hours of “Law & Order” watching to use, wear their best suit and show up at a hearing to argue their case. They would join lawyers who are already suing the rail authority in other cases and go toe-to-toe with the state Attorney General’s Office, which is representing the rail authority.

The state’s biggest-ever project is also one of its most controversial, which has led the rail authority to swat away lawsuit after lawsuit since California voters approved the bullet train in November 2008. READ MORE

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UK Super Train – Megastructures – National Geographic Documentary Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:39:08 +0000

Published on Feb 1, 2013

Having set up their first railroad during the reign of Queen Victoria, it was about time that UK updated their railroad network to match the fast pace of 21st Centuries. UK Super Train, an episode of the National Geographic documentary series Megastructures tells the exciting tale of UK’s high-speed train project that was then known as the Highspeed1. This super train traveled at a daunting 300 km/h and was a much more complicated task than building bridges and highways. Construction of railroads resulted in a more drastic change to the topography of land than road networks and required building bridges and tunnels; the latter being a risky venture, if the possibility of cave-ins and fluctuating air pressure is taken into account.

The project made use of existing Victorian landmarks such as the St Pancras Station that was turned from a liability into an asset. This National Geographic documentary film of Megastructures series follows the entire grueling tasks and procedures assigned to the engineers, from digging a trench through a chalk hill to a possible threat to the historical heritage of the country; the project had its fair share of setbacks. Stumbling across artifacts that were almost 4000 years old, the construction venture was exciting, but also raised a nationwide concern regarding the safeguarding of these precious items. Despite these challenges, the project managed to survive and was completed, while as well preserving the historical sites that were done with the undying efforts of Archaeologists, who outnumbered the construction workers at one point.

MegaStructures: UK Super Train: The National Geographic documentary film entails interviews and an engaging narration that gives in-depth insight into the nature of the project and the various challenges it battled. The construction began with the aim of turning loss-making infrastructure into assets and to cut down on the cost of building the high-speed rail network that already stood at an overwhelming 7 billion pounds. The venture was one of the largest and most expensive engineering projects carried out in UK and became a major tourist attraction. UK Super Train, the National Geographic documentary film of Megastructures series covers every aspect of the development of Highspeed1 that gave UK’s railroad network a much-needed boost.


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Superconducting vacuum trains Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:43:52 +0000 While fast, frictionless maglev train systems have been operational for decades, they haven’t exactly become ubiquitous – perhaps because of the cost of the systems, or perhaps because there is no compelling need to replace the already widespread and workable conventional railway infrastructure. Either way, the idea is not about to fade from our collective imagination and several maglev of the future concepts have been floated.

The Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) system envisions superconducting maglev trains operating in evacuated tubes at speeds of up to 6,500 km/h (4,039 mph) on international trips – that’s New York to Beijing in two hours! The proponents of this system say that ET3 could be 50 times more efficient than electric cars or trains.

Terraspan goes even further than ultra-efficient mass transport with its vision for a network of superconducting tunnels. As well as providing infrastructure for “Terraspan trains,” this network would also facilitate zero loss transmission of electricity to our homes. Read More

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