This is the world’s fastest commercial electric train. Taking me from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road Station in 7 minutes and 20 seconds. This 30.5km (18.9 miles) journey meant this train topped out at a speed of 431km/h (268mph). Certainly the fastest I have ever travelled on land. I tried to take photos from the train but most of my shots were blurred. Travelling on the train it felt like a pretty normal high-speed train. Apart from when it banked around corners and the loud noise when another train going in the opposite direction blasted past.
This old street tram dates back to the early 1900’s. It runs between the central station and Liseberg Amusement Park in Gothenburg. It was good to see the variety of different types of trams, trains and buses that the city uses. Seeing this coming along Ostra Hammgatan was a highlight. Exploring the city centre of Gothernburg was one of my favourite things I did in my short trip to Sweden.
This is the railway station area of the Beamish living museum. The very ornate railway carriage and locomotive in front (almost completely hidden from this angle) pull visitors to another part of the 300 acre site. I wanted to show this side of the station with a clear view along the small platform. Part of the main draw of Beamish is the railway and tramway, in some ways it reminds me of Auckland Museum of Transport but on a larger scale. I was stood on a bridge looking down on the tracks to take this photograph.
“L” or sometimes written as “el” is short for elevated, as you can see from this photograph. The first L train began running in June 1892 making it one of the oldest networks of its type in the world. It is one of the many iconic features of the city and has appeared in a number of tv shows and movies including Batman and Spiderman. Because of the age of the network I felt that this photograph looked best converted to black and white to give it an almost vintage look. This was taken from the back of the Hostelling International Chicago building looking north. The train was coming towards the camera turning from above South Wabash Avenue to over East Van Buren Street in the heart of the Loop area of the city centre.