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Overnight: National Geographic's The Great Indian Railways © ( IRFCA


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From YouTube:

Filmed in 1995, this documentary is a nostalgiac look at the end of steam trains in India.

The film covers many facets of trains in India including the atmosphere of a second-class compartment, the luxury of the Palace on Wheels, the madness of a train pulling into a station as coolies jostle for an attempt to carry passengers' baggage, the role of the station masters, even a look at the legendary Toy Train of Darjeeling and a miniature train that runs on a maharaja's tabletop bearing decanters to dinner guests.

There is a strong emphasis on the emotional value of the railway system to its passengers and employees. You will be surprised by how antique and manually operated the system was in 1995.

This film is especially recommended for train buffs and those interested in travel to India. It gives a good feel of what it must be like to be there.


Thursday Links


linksThursday Links from The Political Carnival

One Photo Which Says Everything about the US and China These Days

On Ukraine, Merkel Finds Limits of Her Rapport With Putin

Oddballs of the Geneva motor show

Cycling in cities: the search for the world's most bike-friendly metropolis

Saving BBC3 'would have meant cutting funds for dramas such as Sherlock'

Finnish Girl Speaks Gibberish with Perfect Accents to Show what Languages Sound like to Foreigners


Overnight: Switzerland: Swiss Rail: Zürich to St. Moritz


SwitzerlandSwitzerland: Swiss Rail: Zürich to St. Moritz

A journey you'll like:


Video Overnight Thread- A 267 mph Ride On The Shanghai Maglev Train


Yeah, no regular old 80 mph trains for the U.S., but China can construct a buttload of these things. Swear to god, Republicans have no long term visions except destruction. Via.


Michigan City Turns Down Millions of Dollars, Saying Federal Money Is Not Free


Jeff's father lived in Troy for many years, it's just a dinky bedroom town outside of Detroit, I can't even fathom the concept of refusing money, especially for transportation.

In what could be a new high water mark of anti-Washington sentiment, the city of Troy, Mich., is rejecting a long-planned transportation center whose construction would have been fully financed with federal stimulus money.

The terminal, which would help Troy become a transportation node on an upgraded Detroit-to-Chicago Amtrak line, was hailed by supporters as a way to create jobs and to spur economic development. But federal money is federal money, so with the urging of the new mayor, who helped found the local Tea Party chapter, the City Council cast a 4-to-3 vote this week against granting a crucial contract, sending the project into limbo.

“There’s nothing free about government money,” Mayor Janice Daniels said in an interview. “It’s never free, and it’s crippling our way of life.”

Well, I guess that makes since it's a core principle of tea baggers to save money, oh wait, whatsthatyousay?

Yet if the money does not go to Troy, it will not be used to pay down the national debt; it will be redirected to other projects around the country.

So this doorknob Daniels, already under fire for being a bigoted idiot, just let millions of dollars that would have unequivocally improved the city she is in charge of just go away. I smell a recall in the making.


Video- VP Biden Announces Plan for Nationwide High Speed Rail


That rail line plan looks awful pretty to me.