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Find out more about Weather around the World including Saint Martin Vesubie, France. Find out about the fascinating village of Saint-Jeannet.
Ominous Weather is about more than weather. Its about our environment. Its about our social issues that need to be surfaced if we want to save our environment. We have addressed several railroad-related projects that will conserve fuel and lessen pollution. Our Window on Europe spotlights projects that can help the rest of the World.
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Ominous Weather is about more than weather. Its about our environment. Its about our social issues that need to be surfaced if we want to save our environment. We have addressed several railroad-related projects that will conserve fuel and lessen pollution.
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Car Culture: demise of the U.S. trolley system
A real story for this era is how General Motors, and others reshaped American ground transportation to serve their corporate wants instead of social needs.
At year-end 1943, New York Central stock closed at 18 ¾, which meant D&H had an investment of $5,711,250. What would have happened if the Delaware & Hudson had remained an independent entity and continued to hold this stock until today?
Who owns Grand Central Terminal? A big "paper railroad" that still exists after everything around it went away is the New York & Harlem Railroad. It was chartered 1831, built a line from New York City to Chatham, then leased to the New York Central in 1873 for 401 years. Funny thing, it still exists and owns a lot of New York City real estate including Grand Central Terminal!
New York Guard casualities in World War I The Second Provisional Regiment guarded the Erie Canal, bridges, Niagara power houses and munition plants all upstate. These were the State active duty part of a NY Guard reserve force statewide of 15,000 during WWI replacing the National Guard when it was activated.
Trip down the Hudson River Albany to New York City by rail in the 1980's.
On June 24, 2000 a news story (Montreal Gazette) stated that Montreal and Lake Placid officials will meet to consider a joint bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics. This could be great news for more rails! Having been involved with rail transportation for the 1980 Winter Olympics, this could be a tremendous thing providing Montreal-Lake Placid rail service .
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|BEFeD BrewPub is open in Nice, France. Easy to find! Right on the Promenade. You will see this truck on their sign. Check out all our other cool trucks. and now even more trucks!|
FRANCE: NICE WILL OPEN TRAMWAY LINE 2 in YEAR 2016!
In a surprise move, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi changed his mind about running Line 2 up the Promenade des Anglais and instead went with a plan that provides an 8.6 kilometer "tram/metro" with 3.6 kilometers below ground. It will cost €'450,000,000 and carry 110,000 - 140,000 daily passengers. It will run between Gare de Riquier and new? Gare Multimodal Saint-Augustin.
Boulevard Rene Cassin / Avenue Californie at the Champion/Carrefour food market has a tramway in its future.
Fifty-three years after the closure of the Tramway de Nice et du Littoral, the Tramway de Nice began to serve its Northern and Eastern sections. 2007 saw the completion of Line 1 serving the North-South needs of the city. Line 2 now addresses the East-West needs. This WebSite will be updated continuously until completion of Line 2 in Year 2016.
|Some Champions of our Environment|
See Prince Albert in Antarctica and other Monaco initiatives like electric cars
(1) Global warming!.
(2) Lets introduce commuters, passenger trains, urban issues, and cultural issues.
(3) Lets introduce Mass transit alternatives.
(4) What is the impact on our ecology?
(5) Window on Europe and the "Green Prince"
Now some of the railroad-related projects that will help the environment
(6) What is a Chicago Bypass??? A Chicago Bypass is all about getting railroad freight around Chicago instead of going through Chicago (with the resulting delays and pollution).
(7) We have a great section on the Lackawanna Cutoff .
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|Interesting Stuff - Ecology and railroads||January 7, 1929 The New York Central Railroad's "20th Century Limited" runs a record seven identical sections. Eight hundred twenty two people pay the extra $10 fare to ride The Century. An automobile show in New York City gets the credit for this sudden increase in traffic. Combined with other special trains arriving for the show, a record 266 sleeping cars arrive at Grand Central Terminal between 5:00 am and 9:50 am. This is very interesting. It was a harbinger of things to come: the impact of the auto on passenger train travel. I bet Al Gore understands what an electric high speed rail system (plus good commuter rail systems) would do for the "fuel bill"! DO YOU?|
How many gallons of foreign oil does it take to fill this thing?
Trains can be powered by electricity generated by home-grown coal. Believe it or not, they are all over the Chicago suburbs. Like Hummers?
Politicians and their asphalt-lobby friends think "Busways" are the answer!
Not really! Get serious about mass transit. This is what many people think mass transit still looks like. See the pictures below of the new tram system in Nice, France for a state-of-the-art mass transit system.
|Click on pictures at right to enlarge. Find more about the new Nice,France Tramway|
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Garbage Trucks, the environment needs them!!! See more on old vehicles.
What is the impact on our ecology?
Check out our Ominous Ecology WebSite. Ominous Ecology is about our Planet and its struggles.
What is a
Did you know that railroads are one of the most environmentally friendly modes of freight transportation? It's true. Freight trains are three times more fuel-efficient than over-the-road trucks and have less of an impact on air emissions than trucks.
|Window on Europe|
|Europe is different than North America; France is different than the United States. Enery saving is more of an issue than in the United States. The U.S. at least drills some of its own oil, while France buys it all with hard Euros. Cars are smaller. The population is more open to public transportation. The establised rail network is like the United States was in the 1950's before the Interstate highway system and cheap air fares retrenched it to a minimal system called Amtrak. Some observations from my perch in Nice (Southern France near the Italian border). Lots of freight. German coal trains to and from Italy hauled by a single Alstom electric locomotive. More and more an empasis on using trailers on flat cars (except new, unique quick loading systems are used). Yes, there is an Autoroute. You pay big bucks to use it and it is crowded. Finally, transportation at the local level. The rail line from Nice to Monaco sees many commuters as Monaco is small and the workers must commute. AND the new tramway in Nice. Like the U.S., they got rid of their old one in 1953. But the new one is NOT the old one!|
|Old Tram and New Tram|
|Impact of the Tramway on Nice|
|Nice and Tahiti are "sister cities". Tahiti put on a great show in 2010.|
|The "Green Prince"|
Fiscal paradise Monaco has led the small countries of the world in the campaign to heighten awareness of environmental
issues since Prince Albert became Sovereign in 2005, and has launched a radical plan of its own to cut carbon emissions.
One of the first acts Prince Albert took when succeeding to the throne upon his father's death was to sign the Kyoto Protocol. Along with the USA and Australia, Monaco was one of the few countries not to sign up to the treaty intended to cut greenhouses gases.
Included in a campaign by Prince Albert to protect the environment has been an expedition to the Arctic to see for himself how global warming has begun to melt the glaciers, and shortly after his return he started a foundation to study rising sea levels and how to address what he sees as environmental challenges.
Other programs include converting sea water to drinking water with solar-powered equipment.
With the Principality's position in the Mediterranean, concern at rising sea levels should come as no surprise. There are plans at an advanced stage to build an island off Monte Carlo, which will change the map of Monte Carlo, and the district of Fontvieille is largely reclaimed from the sea. The island is expected to be complete in ten years time, and will include the first new hotels in Monaco for some time.
To encourage the thousands who commute to Monaco every day from neighbouring France and Italy the railway station is one of the best in Europe, with frequent and reliable services.
For those who work in Monte Carlo and travel in from Nice and her surrounding villages five days a week, it's both cheaper and quicker to take the train - the trains are modern and comfortable and it's rare for seats not to be available even during the rush hour. Once people are in Monaco the local transport service is equally quick and efficient. Virtually all routes are well planned and easy to understand, and the most you have to wait for a bus is ten minutes, often it's just a couple of minutes - which isn't exactly a hardship given the Monte Carlo weather! The routes are planned to incorporate tourist needs, with many passing by the Hotel de Paris in Casino Square and the Columbus in Fontvieille, two of the best known and popular hotels in Monaco. Fares have been reduced to one Euro, making public transport in Monaco among the lowest priced, comfortable and frequent in Europe. With the overall aim to increase bus usage by 20 per cent, the Principality is also funding five new duplex trains with a thirty per cent increase in train services, and in an innovative attempt to persuade commuters to leave their cars at home will provide free electric cycles at car park schemes.
Monaco is tiny: just 430 acres, or less than a square mile in size. Only 5,070 of its 29,972 residents are Monégasque citizens; the rest are French, Italian, and other foreigners who have come to Monaco for sun, fun, and tax breaks.
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|In August 2010, 66 years after the Americans, British and Free French recaptured Nice, France from the Nazi's, there was a commemeration. Lots of old military vehicles!|
|We have 100 months to save our climate. When the clock stops ticking, we could be beyond our climate's tipping point, the point of no return.|
|See the Oceanographic Museum, a museum of marine sciences in Monaco.|
Did you know that Historic Preservation is "GREEN"?
We have a lot of great material on historic preservation in New York City. Start with Grand Central Terminal. Then the skyscrapers and the Art Deco buildings of New York (like the General Electric Building at 570 Lexington Avenue). Then we have the great buildings of NY City that did not make it, like Pennsylvania Station.
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|In the late 1940's Chicago was the nation's railroad capital, today Chicago is freight, commuters and a greatly-reduced number of intercity passengers.|
|Metro-North Commuter Railroad. Operates commuter rail systems formerly operated by the New York Central Railroad, New Haven Railroad, and Erie-Lackawanna lines not operated by NJ Transit.|
|Long Island Railroad - Route of the Dashing Commuter. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Long Island Rail Road is the busiest commuter railroad in North America. It is also an old railroad, rich in heritage.|
|The Last Interurban: Story of the Chicago, South Shore & South Bend Railroad. This "interurban" runs from South Bend, Indiana to Chicago.|
|Railroad Mergers in the Northeast of the U.S. Railroad mergers have taken place right from the beginning of railroading. The two peak periods for mergers have been the 1920's and the 1960's. Because of the Transportation Act of 1920, the ICC engaged Professor William Ripley of Harvard to develop a tentative plan for railroad consolidation.|
|This most interesting period in the history of the New York Central was well-chronicled in its in-house magazine. Excerpts from 1919-1931. A 1921 article in "Transportation World" by Charles Frederick Carter provides the basis for an historical sketch of the New York Central. George H. Daniels was the road's General Passenger Agent for many years and ranks as one of the greats of American advertising. His article on "Health and Pleasure" popularized the Thousand Islands.|
|New York City Transit Planning. Plans for better transit in the metropolitan area. An analysis of a early 1960's Ford Foundation study of commuting into Grand Central and what might be done to improve it. Some unique ideas and far ahead of its time. Developed early on in the history of aviation, JFK International, LaGuardia and Newark airports were intended to only be accessed by automobile. Plus a great article on Robert Moses.|
|Peoria and Eastern Railway (P&E) Company. Peoria and Eastern Railway (P&E) Company went from Indianapolis to Peoria. It could have been used as part of a Chicago Bypass. It was a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York Central System. It was not until August, 1996, when a portion of the line was sold to Norfolk Southern Corporation, that the line was no longer a part of the NY Central "Big Four" System.|
|The Troy & Schenectady Railroad, What if it Still Existed?. Let's assume that the Troy & Schenectady Railroad was not abandoned. What would it be like today? What would the vimpact on our environment be?|
|Union Pacific -- the railroad established by Congress and Abraham Lincoln to span the continent. has had some very tough growing pains recently. A 1996 merger with Southern Pacific to form the nation's largest railroad caused what regulators call an unprecedented breakdown in rail traffic through the heart of America that has lasted more than 10 months.|
|The Richfield Springs branch of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railway extended through Bridgewater, where it connected with the Unadilla Valley Railroad, a shortline that served Edmeston and New Berlin to Richfield Springs on Canadarago Lake, once a rather fashionable resort. Here, from 1905 until 1940, the DL&W had a passenger and freight connection with the Southern New York Railway, an interurban to Oneonta. Milk and light freight were the chief sources of revenue on this branch. Delaware Otsego subsidiary Central New York Railroad acquired this branch from Richfield Jct. to Richfield Springs, 22 miles, in 1973. Enginehouse was at Richfield Springs. Became part of NYS&W northern division after NYS&W bought the DL&W Syracuse & Utica branches from Conrail in 1982. Traffic on line gradually dropped off. Line east from Bridgewater embargoed in 1990. Abandoned and track removed in 1995, westerly 2-3 miles left in place for stone trains. In 2009: This old railroad is now owned by the Utica, Chenango and Susquehanna Valley LLC in Richfield Springs. They also own the 1930 Newark Milk and Cream Company creamery in South Columbia.|
|Big 4 Bridge: Jeffersonville to Louisville The Big Four Bridge fell into disuse after the Big Four Railroad's parent company, the New York Central Railroad, was merged into the Penn Central in 1968. The Big Four Bridge's former traffic was then routed over Louisville's Fourteenth Street Bridge. By 1969 both approach spans had been removed and sold for scrap. As a result, the Big Four Bridge became the first Louisville bridge to fall out of use, and gained the nickname "Bridge That Goes Nowhere". Find out more about Louisville at Insidelouisville.|
|Lines West: Railroads in Western US Railroads in Western US. Winslow, Arizona: rail center. BART in San Francisco.|
|Public Transportation: The Bus and Montreal. Frequently Asked Questions about Montreal Transportation. Montreal busses, metro, train service, train stations, bridges.|
|We have a great commuter section. We have a section on commuter trains and even more material on commuters.|
|Find Abandoned RailroadsAll around the U.S. ; New York State railroad abandonments ; abandoned Connecticut railroads ; New York Central Hojack Line ; New York Central West Shore abanfonments|
|Find Railroads on the Rebound Over the last 50+ years, railroads have changed a lot. Now they are about to change again. Hey! Back to the Future. But they aren't your grandfather's railroad anymore.|
Tahawus: Railroad to a Mine, Does it have a Future?
Brief history of a railroad to a mine in the middle of New York State's Adirondack Park. Part of the railroad (Saratoga Springs to North Creek) is a tourist line with dinner trains and ski trains.
Will the last section to the mine come back to life?
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|We have so much information on the New York Central Railroad that we need a "Second Section".|
|We have a collection of information about railroad tunnels (mostly going under water) and railroad bridges going over water. Included are: the Great Railroad Bridge at Poughkeepsie; NY City subway tunnels; Montreal's Mount Royal Tunnel (and other Quebec railroading); Albany NY bridges.|
|We cover a lot of New York Central affiliates and branches, such as the Chicago River & Indiana Railroad, Indiana Harbor Belt and the The Kankakee Belt Line. Read about the West Side Freight Line; the New Jersey Junction Railroad; railroads in the Adirondacks; Rome Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad; Hudson Division; Catskill Mountain Branch.|
|See all about snow and railroads. Who was Bertrande H. Snell?. A great spot for railroad history.|
|A great story on a trip from NY City to Choate School in 1937. Edgar T. Mead described a trip to Choate in the 1930's. This article shows what has changed in fifty years. Rooting through old magazines on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I came to an old National Railway Historical Society Bulletin (Volume 52 # 5 1987) and saw an article by Edgar T. Mead on a train trip from New York City to Choate School which is located in Wallingford, CT which he made in 1937. In 1988, I wrote an article about what we had lost or gained over 50 years. I then decided to update this for changes over the last 10 years as well as over the last 60. After the M-8 cars and the Springfield Line improvements are done; it will be different.|
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|Cars: we cover Jaguars. and Back to the Future cars like PT Cruiser, as well as Chevrolet HHR, Mini Cooper.|
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