Zaha Hadid wins bid to design the King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station in Saudi Arabia.
Galvanized by high-speed rail advocate Alfred Twu, we take a look at the world's fastest rail networks — and what the future might hold for high-speed rail in the U.S.
When Jason Shron was a little kid he dreamed of owning a train. Now that he's all grown up he got his wish, only it's still down in the basement.
Europe and Asia have proven that high speed rail is a great way to move people, especially using magnetically levitating trains like this new Japanese prototype.
It may not look especially futuristic, but this vintage 1937 train engine is about to be transformed into the fastest, cleanest, most powerful steam locomotive ever, thanks to modern steam technology and biocoal.
While California and Nevada are still trying to figure out how to realize an interstate maglev linking Anaheim to Las Vegas, a rail company in Texas is outlining plans for a 205-mph bullet train that would link two major metropolitan hubs in the Lone Star state: Houston and Fort Worth.
When the president of Ferrari and the French rail company SNCF get together to design a new train, you can expect something very fast, very expensive, and very red. The Italo has been unofficially nicknamed the "Ferrari train," and it made its first run out of Rome just last Friday.
This is what it looks like when the conductor of a train makes the jump to lightspeed. That, or photographer Aaron Durand is doing something very clever with long exposures and lingering lights and doesn't care whose heart he breaks.
You know all those fancy high-speed trains? The sad fact is that for a lot of the time, they're not moving any faster than my living room is moving right now. Trains waste a huge amount of time and energy picking up passengers at stations, but if it were somehow possible for the stations to meet the train, things would be a lot more efficient.
Amtrack is pretty proud of its 150 mph Acela Express. California will be pretty proud of its 220 mph high speed rail project, if it ever happens. Japan is poised to leave us all in the dust, though, with a new maglev train slated to connect Tokyo with Nagoya and Osaka at a knuckle-whitening 313 mph.