Archive for the ‘Trains’ Category

VIA Rail Canada and Trans Canada Trail

Back when my oldest son was still quite young, I acquired a videotape of the VIA Rail Canada train and I must admit, I rather enjoy it as well. It’s about a train that runs east and west, from Toronto to Vancouver, Canada.  I still think it would be something fun to do one day with him and maybe all of my kids.

Anyway, I recently came across an alternative route that is a little more environmentally friendly, called the Trans Canada Trail. All told, it runs over 15oo miles, starting in Newfoundland and stretching west across the great white, as well as, north to British Columbia.

The article on the Trans Canada Trail is entitled “World’s longest car-free trail stretching 15,000 miles to open next year in Canada” by Tafline Laylin over at Inhabitat. Something tells me if we do one, it will probably be the VIA Rail Canada. At least it’s still environmentally friendly in that it’s public transportation.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

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Kids stuff

These are just a couple of articles I’ve been hanging to about some  of the things my kids like.

First up, for the boys Evan & Julian we have “Old Railroad Trestle in St. Louis May Become a Park” by Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The other article is for my daughter Gwen and it’s entitled “A Country Gone to the Wolves” by Patrick McGroarty at the Wall Street Journal.

Play on!

Green Librarian

A cool breeze and fall is here

I’m not one to post something from the travel section too often but this sounds like fun. As fall has descended upon us with a cool breeze, it’s time to take a look around at natures colors and what better way than with “A Mingling of Leaf-Peeping and Time Travel” by Dave Caldwell at the New York Times.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

All aboard

After riding our local Metrolink yesterday,  I came upon an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding their concern about funding and possible budget cuts.  On that note, here are just some of the articles I’ve come across the last few months that are a bit more positive.

This article, “More Riders on Board with Amtrak” by Elisa Crouch at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks about how Amtrak is planning to increase spending to reduce delays.

Meanwhile, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via the Associated Press,  “Kansas City again considers light rail“. Here’s hoping.

To go along with that, this article was the beginning of a repeated story, “March Driving Down For 1st Time Since 1979:Governement” from Reuters.

Finally, over at the Wall Street Journal came this article, “Gas Prices Push Commuters to Try Out Mass Transit” by Joseph P. White.

And away we go-

Green Librarian


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Trains and other transportation stuff

Since I saw a couple of articles today on trains/subways today, and since it’s my son’s birthday, I thought I would focus on trains and other transportation.

The first article, “Transit Systems Travel ‘Green” Track” BY Charisse Jones at USA Today focuses on how cities are trying to boost their transit systems. In fact, here in St. Louis, we’ve finally (after twenty some years) just built a new Amtrak Station. I can’t say I like where it’s at, since we have a beautiful Union Station just sitting there. Instead, it’s sort of tucked in under our highway system.

Sorry about that. I need to stay focused and stay off my pedistal.

Next, New York is replacing their subway tunnel lights with LED’s, all 60,000 of them. That should make a difference. The article is entitled “New York Replaces Subway Tunnel Lights with LED’s” by Brad Linder at the Green Daily.

Let’s follow that article with a couple of older ones. First, there were two articles on the EPA’s decision to require tighter emissions from trains and ships. One was at Reuters and one from Green Biz. Click here and here for those articles.

Finally, “Union Pacific Reaches for More Fuel Efficient Locomotives” from Green Biz shows that even the train companies are starting to get onl board.

All Aboard-

Green Librarian