While city dwellers may be used to railway crossings marked with
flashing red lights, the easier-to-miss warnings at rural crossings
often just consist of a sign. That's because there's no easy way of
providing electricity to such isolated locations. While solar panels
could provide part of the solution, a team of engineering students and
faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln believe that photovoltaics
alone can't consistently provide enough power. Instead, they devised
several systems that harness power from the rails themselves.
It seems like Toyota sent a case of whatever it was drinking last week over to Mercedes UK. In a development every bit as weird as the Lexus hoverboard, Mercedes has designed a Smart Forfour-based train. That's right, a four-seat Smart mini-train. It's called the Smart Forrail, and while no one's all too sure why it exists, it does. Or at least it did briefly.
Tunneling work has been completed for the UK's Crossrail rail link. Described as Europe's biggest construction project, it will create a new 118-km (73-mile) rail route. The route includes 42 km (26 miles) of newly dug tunnels that go straight through the center of London.
Australia's Sydney Trains has adopted a new approach to tackling
vandalism, trialling new technology designed to quickly alert staff to
offenders by sniffing out spray paint vapor. While only in its infancy,
the project, which know as "Mousetrap," has already produced some