King’s Cross Train Station

california101   April 4, 2018   Comments Off on King’s Cross Train Station

King’s Cross Station is situated in the North of London and was built in 1851 on the site of a former smallpox and fever hospital. The station is the southern terminal of the East Coast Mainline which runs between London and Edinburgh. King’s Cross is situated opposite St Pancreas which operates as the southern terminal for the Midland Main Line. Lewis Cubitt was responsible for designing the original building that still stands today despite several changes to the inside platform configuration. In 1972 a small extension was added to the front of the station and although it was intended only to be used temporarily it still stands today. In 2005 Network Rail announced that 400million funding would be spent restoring Kings Cross, which will see the 1972 structure replaced and a new open air piazza will be developed. Today the station is served by routes from the North and East of England and Scotland, connecting London to major cities such as Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Inverness. These routes are operated by three networks; GNER, First Capital Connect and Hull Trains, with GNER being the main and controlling operator. Over 20million people use the station each year many of which regularly commute to London from northern cities for business commitments. The station features in the Harry Potter stories as the starting point for Hogwarts Express train and filming for the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ took place in the station, however St Pancreas was used for the external shots. Kings Cross station is well served with several shops including a WH Smiths newsagent and a Burger King and has its own tube station. There are also regular bus services that operate from the station and taxis are readily available. Car hire is also available one mile from… Read more »

Battle Creek Man Killed in Fatal Train Crash

california101   March 30, 2018   Comments Off on Battle Creek Man Killed in Fatal Train Crash

Whenever approaching train tracks, it is essential to make sure that the coast is clear before crossing–regardless of whether a person is walking, or operating a motor vehicle. In both instances, getting to the other side of the tracks safely is difficult, as the train moves much faster than either a pedestrian or a car. Any experienced Detroit personal injury lawyer can attest that train crashes are devastating, almost always resulting in significant personal injury or death. These are the circumstances of a recent case where a Battle Creek man was killed by an oncoming train, after attempting to cross the tracks by foot. According to Kalamazoo law enforcement officials, an unidentified man attempted to cross the Augusta train tracks in the morning hours of May 29th. Almost instantly after stepping foot on the single railroad, an oncoming train en route to a Midwest destination smacked into him. Although no one was injured aboard the moving rail cars, the Battle Creek man was unfortunately killed by the impact of the Michigan train accident. Statistics show that in the United States, these incidents are not uncommon–according to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis, a vehicle or pedestrian is struck by an oncoming train every two hours. Additionally, the FRA reported data stating that approximately 13,067 train crashes occurred in 2007 alone. Of that number, 8,801 people sustained serious personal injury in their accidents, while 851 people lost their lives as a result. Unfortunately, a significant number of these crashes occurred due to human error, either on behalf of the train conductor or the persons attempting to cross the track. By the example of the Battle Creek man, as well as the statistics reported from the Federal Railroad Administration, it is clear that train accidents are not only disastrous, but… Read more »

How To Start Collecting Model Trains

california101   March 29, 2018   Comments Off on How To Start Collecting Model Trains

Model trains are an amazing hobby and one that many people find very exciting. Imagine having an exact replica of the Orient Express or the Trans-Siberian Express running around a mdel landscape you hand built in your basement. Ther very thought leaves a lot of people breathless. And the amazing thing about the model train hobby is that there is something in every price range for anyone who wants to get involved. Some model train hobbyists simply like to buy modern train sets that can be run on a small layout they buy and set up while others love to make massive layouts complete with mountains, rivers, roads, tunnels and buildings in a fully landscaped environment. There is definitely something for everyone when it comes to layouts. And the model trains and cars created today by K-Line, Lionel, MTH Electric Trains or Williams are very, very detailed and sales are booming for these companies because of that. Their engines and rail cars are exact minitures of the real thing. Other hobbyists get very serious about their train collections and look for collectible or vintage trains that can be very expensive to obtain. These hobbyists need to understand how to recognize true originals as well as understanding how the condition of each train model effects price just like any other vintage or antique collector has to. Over a hundred years ago Joshua Lionel Cowen created the Old Lionel model trains and many children in the early 1900’s had a train set as their only toy. They were unique in their detail and very well built and some still exist today. Those models can go for large sums of money so you want to know you are getting what you pay for if you decide to buy one for your personal collection…. Read more »

Commercial Truck Leasing Leaves Transportation to the Pros

california101   March 29, 2018   Comments Off on Commercial Truck Leasing Leaves Transportation to the Pros

Business owners usually go into a commercial enterprise as experts in their product or service, and learn about the ins and outs of running a business along the way. New owners without previous business experience are successful if they can quickly learn about personnel management, payroll, what services should be done in house, and which should be contracted out, when to buy equipment, and when to rent it. Sometimes, the best solution is to turn to the experts in a particular field and continue to focus on the business, rather than trying to take on additional expenses and liabilities. Commercial truck leasing is a cost-effective transportation solution for many small businesses. Purchasing a fleet is an expensive and risky enterprise if you lack experience in transportation logistics and all that it entails. Trucks are expensive, require maintenance and insurance, and qualified drivers must be hired. Investing in trucks can tie up a significant amount of your business’s capital and credit availability. Owning your own fleet of trucks also carries with it a significant degree of liability. If you are not careful about how your business is structured, you could be hit with a significant loss in the event that one of your drivers is involved in an accident. Opting for commercial truck leasing leaves the business of transportation logistics to professionals. A business specializing in commercial truck leasing can screen and hire qualified drivers, maintain the fleet of vehicles, ensure that the vehicles are properly insured, and shoulder some of the liability burden. Additionally, trucks, like any vehicle, depreciate in value. Just like leasing a car for your personal use, commercial leasing can guarantee that you have access to a new, state of the art vehicle with the most modern safety features. Like any vehicle, automobiles require maintenance, including annual… Read more »

Delft’s New Train Station

california101   March 27, 2018   Comments Off on Delft’s New Train Station

Info & Images: Courtesy Mecanoo Photography: Harry Cock Intro: Mecanoo Architects design the new Delft station, marking one’s arrival at Delft as a ceremonial and memorable experience… Copy: Delft’s new train station is now in use. It was officially opened on Saturday, 28th February 2015. The station, in combination with municipal offices and the new city hall, sits atop a new train tunnel built in place of the old concrete viaduct that has divided the city in two since 1965. From the outset, Mecanoo’s idea has been to design a station that makes it clear to visitors that they have arrived in Delft. Says Francine Houben, Mecanoo’s creative director, -Coming up the escalators, the impressive ceiling with the historic map of Delft unfolds. When you look outside, you see the city and the old station as a modern -View of Delft’ by the painter Johannes Vermeer. Arriving in Delft is now an unforgettable experience!- The character of Delft, epitomised by the combination of past and future, was the starting point for the design led by Francesco Veenstra of Mecanoo. A vaulted ceiling features an enormous historic 1877 map of Delft and its surroundings, connecting the station with the city hall that is currently under construction. Within the station hall, walls and columns are adorned with a contemporary re-interpretation of Delft Blue tiles. In 2017, you will be able to walk directly from the station into the city hall. The glass skin of the building is designed to reflect the Dutch skies. The panels of fused glass with lens-like spheres reference a vernacular window design that can be seen throughout the historic city. The combination and rhythm of open panels of high performance glass and closed fused glass panels enable a high degree of energy efficiency. Throughout the design process the… Read more »