As you can clearly see from my comment I immediately knew that this was an April Fool’s joke. But, it was clever and cute and I used to LOVE Toblerone. I used to bring bars over from Europe to the U.S. in the 1980s and hooked a legion of folks hooked on it. That was way before it became readily available here.
Well, this picture had me intrigued enough that I did some Googling. It was well known. It did NOT start off as a Toblerone train. Instead it was just a triangular train — the premise being that such trains would fit better inside tunnels. Somebody took the triangular train and made it into the Toblerone train and STUCK a comic driver in the cab JUST IN CASE we did not spot that it was a joke.
So, here is the original triangular train you can see the white house, with red roof, behind the train and realize that this is it. Note that the wheels got slanted!
And that was Photoshopped from this.
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I was watching the 8pm news on MSNBC on Monday night when I heard about this moonlighting story (i.e., first image above). During that I heard them mention 828 railway-related deaths in the U.S. in 2017. I thought I misheard. Rewound, played it again. NO, I had heard correctly.
Then it got me thinking. 828. Not that high when you think of the SIZE of the U.S. and the miles and miles of tracks involved. But, it does come to 2.3 deaths a day.
So, I Googled. Found this “Federal Railroad Administration” (FRA). Never heard of them before. They have a database. Hence the report. I can’t get the individual incident reports. But, this was a good start. Have a look
Search on ‘trains‘.
I had posted this in my “Fun & Trivia With Anura Guruge” blog
in 2011. But, that blog does not get many hits or my attention.
So I am reposting it here since it is pretty amazing and
is related to the other train accident post from a few days ago.
They continue to have this type of accident in Sri Lanka, in many instances the outcome not being as good as in this case. As far as I can remember we have had people getting hit by trains — largely because people have used rail tracks as public roads. In the 1960s when I was growing up there we had folklore about getting run over by trains — the worst fear being that of getting one of your feet trapped in a junction point (‘switch’) and then being helplessly trapped as a train approached! People would actually talk about the best strategies for such scenarios — I kid you not. It was considered best if your free leg was outside of the rails, because you could then really lean over and just lose the bottom part of your leg. We really used to talk about such things. Yes, we also played chicken with trains — something I continued to do until I was about 16, even once doing it in India.
It still baffles me how these people don’t FEEL the train coming behind them — even if they don’t hear it. These lumbering trains, on not that well laid tracks, create one heck of a lot of ground vibration. Well, you have to watch the video:
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Having heard numerous radio commercials for this ‘Polar Express‘, I decided to check it out because we have never done it.
OK. I made a phone call and can share some IMPORTANT information with you.
1/ They do NOT, I repeat, NOT, have a steam train any longer — despite the prominent picture on their Website. They had a steam engine JUST ONCE a few years ago. So IF you are expecting steam you will be disappointed in that the only steam you will get is that from the hot chocolate.
2/ The trains leave from both North Conway and Lincoln (i.e., ‘Loon‘). BUT the trains do not go from one station to the other, i.e., it is not a North Conway <-> Lincoln train ride. The trains go to the ‘North Pole’ from each station. So it is a different ride, both 2 hours in total, depending on which station you pick. Got that? From what I can see the rails from Lincoln, by and large, go south towards Woodstock. From North Conway you can (and we have) gone north to Bartlett etc. I get a feeling that North Conway is THE better deal. I could be wrong. IF you know otherwise please share.
3/ A bit pricey.
4/ Most (if not all) the weekend departures from N. Conway are already sold out — at least online.