The nice thing about issuing a call for an anthology of train-related stories is that it gives me the chance to geek out a bit on the subject . . . *ahem* I mean, explore the area a little to help back up some of my waffle in the guidelines. YouTube is crawling with train videos – so many that, just like any other kind of porn, it becomes hard to find decent trees for the wood. But here are some rather more unusual and interesting train vids from some more obscure corners of the videosphere, embedded here for your information and delectation. No anoraks here, I promise. Well – not many anyway!
The new high-speed line from Bologna to Firenze seems to spend most of its life underground. The result is so hypnotic that driving here must be quite a weird experience, especially towards the end.
Somewhat off the beaten track – a short ride through Bulgaria – a seriously and really quite beautifully bleak environment heading towards Tvarditsa.
Take a ride on the Dubai Metro, through a fantasyland of huge buildings. Dubai may have a dark heart but the architecture is pretty stunning.
Just a (rather dramatic) portrait of the JR500 Shinkansen barrelling round the Japanese rail network. Can we really blame them for their choice of music? I am sure this train must call at the asteroid belt at least sometimes.
Take a long ride through North Korea by train - amateur footage rather than some horrorshow documentary, but all the more interesting for that.
As weird a spectre as you are likely to see crossing the wilderness – a US snow plough train in action.
And there goes a UK nuclear flask train passing in the night.
A bit of train spotting the way it was meant to be – One of the highest and largest bridges in the world, Beipanjiang Bridge in china.
The only way to cross the desert! The longest train in the world (apparantly) in Mauritania.
Fortunately, in some parts of the world, the railways are not quite so hermetically isolated as they are here in the UK . . .
And again . . . Chaos, slums, poverty and trains in Manila.
Back to the spectacularly ’ordinary’ . . . Clapham Junction, the country’s busiest railway station in timelapse, is almost ridiculous. SO MANY TRAINS running around, trying to get everybody out of London – and every day the dance repeats – it almost inspires philosophy! I believe, at its busiest, there is a train pulling in on average every 14 seconds. It is a shame this video doesn’t show the swarms of people stampeding around the station as well. Sorry for the music! Turn the sound off and put on some Philip Glass!
More ‘ordinary’. A short stretch of the London Underground Jubilee Line seen from the cab. Driving an underground train must be an almost perfect blend of the thoroughly bizarre and the mundane!
If Clapham could be called a hell for anyone except a train nut or relaxed people watcher, I think I would like to go to this place when I die . . . save for the depressing but not entirely surprising fact that most of this line has now been shut down! Part 2 is here.
And lastly – when civilization has muddled itself into ruin, forget post-apocalyptic heroes on motorbikes, this is how we will be getting around!