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Ulan U-days

If you’re a Russian Buddhist, or Buryat, then Ulan Ude is the town best suited to your demographic. We are none of the above, but we thought we’d have a look anyway because we’re mental like that. 770 more words



I was sitting on a piece of cardboard in a hollowed out blackberry bush just on the other side of the highway from the Eugene train yard. 1,125 more words

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New Valocea Map and national rail info!

Two posts for the price of one! First, the map. It’s been a while, but I’ve made extensive changes/additions and it’s time to post up a new one… 2,028 more words


Railway Remembrances

I am old enough to remember the big coal-fired train engines. They were just being phased out in favour of diesel when I was a young boy. 688 more words

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

CrossCountry, pre-CrossAtlantic

I am writing this post on the train, direct from Durham to Southampton, where the RRS James Cook is currently berthed.

This leg of the journey takes just five and a half hours (at whatever speed Crosscountry trains travel – I don’t think we’ve hit 50 mph yet). 134 more words

The Yellow Door

I open the yellow door!

Through the narrow doorway I step cautiously.

There’s an eerie red-green glow from instrument panels and indicator lights.

Subtle vibrations from the trembling engine shake the two empty chairs in front of me. 89 more words

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  • Excerpt from the zine “Waiting” by Conner CxR

I kicked rocks. Watched cars. Studied the trash caught in the weeds. I read until it was dark out, then stopped. 710 more words

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