Sometimes the hardest part about getting your minecart rolling is the beginning takeoff. Have you ever started a minecart on a hill, and then tried to jump into it as it started moving, only to fail and watch it slowly dwindle into the distance? Well, I have. But with these ...more
No dead bodies. Unless of course you buy them a ticket. Then it's easy sailing. Stay tuned tomorrow for out-of-place panda! Photo by James Carr
Dream of traveling the legendary Tran-Siberian railway, but can never quite get a trip together? Well, now you can do it from the comfort of your living room. Google Maps offers a virtual journey of the 5,752 mile trek from Moscow to Vladivostok. Via The Guardian, "The multi ...more
The hardest part of starting a minecart railroad in Minecraft is getting it started. Anyone can lay some track in a circle, but what's the best way to stop and start your cart? In this Saturday's workshop, we'll be covering a variety of designs for minecart "train stations", s ...more
Easy steps to create viaduct walls and portals for tunnels from cement. Drawings in actual scale are available for free download from www.railmodellingindia.com. Simple process, great result!
The video documents the building process of a garden railway called NeverEnuf. Stage 1 was built around a hill and has a ropeway, water body and traversable gradients.
If you're ever lost or hurt out in the middle of nowhere with a dead cell phone, you might be able to "flag" down help as long as you're near some railroad tracks. Some train tracks carry a small electric charge as a means of detecting other trains for signaling or for detect ...more
A quick and inexpensive method of making highly detailed miniature landscapes for model railways, diorama's or garden sculptures. This is a vivid scenery design lesson perfect for your train scenes or other mountain scapes.
Ok, so you've memorized the list of valid 2-letter words, but when challenged after playing one, can you smugly demonstrate your dominating intellect by spouting out the proper definition? If you're anything like me, chances are you'll find yourself babbling something defensi ...more
Okay, you've got all of your feed wires set up on your model railway track, now what? Ballasting. Check out this video tutorial to see how to ballast your model railroad track. You are going to need some ballast, which is a fine N scale (1:160) ballast. You are going to also ...more
Need to secure your track to the road bed for your model railroad? Well, this video tutorial will show you how to do it, not to mention show you how to weather your flex track. If you're into model railroading, or rail transport systems, or scaled trains, or whatever you want ...more
Introducing the Bagger 288, built by Krupps in Germany. Weighing in at 45,000 tons, this bad boy is the biggest moving machine on the planet. According to Dark Roasted Blend, "If you discount CERN's Large Hadron Collider (which is officially the Largest Machine in the World) ...more
Need a new hobby? How about railroad modeling? You can turn a full sized train and rail transport into a scaled model for you to enjoy. Model railroading is a hobby that requires attention to detail, so no slackers here, please. Watch this video tutorial to see how to hand la ...more
Remember "Bullet Time" from The Matrix? Well, you ain't seen nothing till you've seen "Bullet-Train Time"! Graeme Taylor explains his technique: "I wondered, what would happen if the camera was the fast-moving object? For instance, if you use a 210fps camera at 35mph, on pla ...more
I have an interest in using recycled materials in sculptures, particularly circuit boards and other wasted electronic and mechanical components with which I put together sprawling cities lit with fairy lights. These cityscapes can conjure an image of a parallel society built f ...more
The reaction that we describe so succinctly as WTF can be garnered from the outright ridiculous, but sometimes it's the simplest little things that make us stop and say, "seriously?!" Stay tuned tomorrow for an unusual sign from the Indian National Railway. Photo by Sefciuc
National Geographic is holding their annual Photo Contest, in the categories of People, Places and Nature. If you're interested in participating, check out the guidelines now. Time is running out- all submissions must be in by November 30th. Below, a selection of current entr ...more
Innovative or downright frightening? Popsci examines five of the world's scariest science experiments-in-progress. Suitcase Nukes "Scientists are trying to develop pure-fusion reactions—bursts that don’t require uranium or plutonium to ignite—for clean energy. But they could ...more
Smartphones are now indispensable when traveling. Domestic and overseas travel alike require food, navigation, translation, and so much more to make work or vacation successful. Gone are the days of lugging multiple tourist books around with you everywhere you go — you need to ...more
About a year ago, a certain watershed mobile augmented reality game based on a familiar video game franchise was released into the wild. Today, a number of imitators and emulators have introduced their own location-based games with hopes of similar success. The process of rep ...more
Wow, what can't Google do? Check out the winter Olympics, ride the Trans-Siberian railway, explore the world's largest airplane graveyard, and now, locate Chilean earthquake victims. Inhabitat reports, "Looking for friends and relatives who were affected by the recent 8.8 ma ...more