This is a photo of the controls in the cabin of the Mallard, a steam
locomotive built in 1938. The Mallard was capable of
traveling 202.7kph (126 mph), a record-high
speed at the time..
The picture is from a series by David Mindell,
posted at IEEE Spectrum Online. Below is a photo of the
Mallard, photographer unknown, from the Artehouse at trains.com.
One of the stations served by the Mallard was Paddington Station
opened in 1854 (image
Paddington Station still operates today, as shown below (photo
by Andy Roberts):
Meanwhile, for contrast, we see the train station in Detroit, in the
good old USA:
This photo was taken by Yaorik, posted on Flickr. You might
want to view the large
version, for the full effect. There are many more
photos of this subject on the Michigan Central Depot page at Forgotten
Detroit. Downright haunting, it is.
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends —
It gives a lovely light.
–Edna St. Vincent Millay
Today, the Washington Post got a clue, and published an editorial
voicing advocacy for investment in mass transit, including rail.
They caution that there will be a risk that the funding for
such projects could be wasted on “boondoggles.” That is true.
All systems have parasites. More food, more
parasites. Anytime money moves around, there is a gaggle of
unscrupulous, unpatriotic folks who try to get rich.
In order to rebuild the infrastructure of the USA, it will be necessary
to have openness, oversight, and harsh penalties for exploitation.
We need to get rid of our tradition of winking at white
As aggravating as it is to see the defacement of the once-grand train
station in Detroit, we should keep it in perspective. Yes, it
is vandalism. Yes, it is a crime. But it is not
treasonous, the way financial exploitation of the economic recovery