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Tired of the same old loading screen tips? Tired of being reminded to replace old vehicles because they require more maintenance? Want to see a little something about Travel and Railroading Trivia, Quotes and even a few song lyrics while waiting? Then this may be the mod for you.
FACTS:
  • A train station in Sweden uses the body heat of waiting passengers to heat a building across the street.
  • The current speed record for trains is held by French TGV bullet train. On 3 April 2007 It reached the speed of 574km per hour and then braked for 16 kilometers before it managed to stop.
  • The longest possible uninterrupted train journey, including transfers, is from Porto, Portugal to Saigon, Vietnam. It is 17,000km (10,566mi).
  • The longest stretch of perfectly straight railway track is located in Australia. It is 478 kilometers long.
  • In 1896, cadets at Auburn University greased the rail tracks at their station. The train carrying the opposing team couldn't stop and slid halfway to the next town.
  • The U.S. currently has less than 170,000 miles of railways, but in 1916 they had over 254,000
  • Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan opened on September 8, 1910. By November, Manhattan, Long Island, and the continental United States were linked thanks to Diesel technology.
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt, owner of the New York Central Railroad was nicknamed “The Commodore”, because he got his start at 16 by running a ferry line between Staten Island and Manhattan with $100 he borrowed from his mother.
  • In January 1914 the St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line became the first regularly scheduled airline using fixed wing craft. The Florida airline provided service between St. Petersburg & Tampa across Tampa Bay, a distance of about 23 miles.
  • “Gandy Dancers” were section hands responsible for maintaining tracks in the U.S. The term is thought to come from the peculiar way that the men “danced” getting the rails placed with a long steel bar called the Gandy.
  • “The Highball Signal” is a historic railroad signal located at Delmar, Sussex County, Delaware. When the white sphere was at its top, it signalled permission for a train to proceed at full speed.
  • Standard gauge for US railroads (and much of the world) is 4 feet 8 1/2 inches.
  • The Winton Motor Carriage Company (Cleaveland Ohio) built one of the first “semi-trucks”, converting a car into a tractor and made a small trailer to move motor cars from its factory in 1899.
QUOTES:
  • “The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.” - G.K. Chesterton
  • “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” - Oscar Wilde
  • “If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” - Corrie Ten Boom
  • “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” - Theodore Roosevelt
ADDITIONAL GAME TIPS:
  • When adding wagons to trains consider the shortest distance between platforms, signals and switchpoints. Shorter trains may be able to travel routes longer trains cannot.
  • When possible, maximise profits by planning routes vehicles travel loaded in both directions.
  • Transport prices paid on a line are based on the distance between stations and the slowest vehicle on that line.
  • Loan interest is paid on December 31st. Minimizing loan balances at that date can boost profitability. Loans taken on January 1st and repaid by December 31st may be entirely interest free.
  • Revenue is calculated between stations on an “as the crow flies” basis. Indirect routes are generally less profitable.
SONG LYRICS:
  • “I'm waitin' in the depot by the railroad track, Lookin' for the choo-choo train that brings him back, I'm waitin' for my life to begin... Waitin' for the train to come in.” - Sunny Skylar, Martin Block, Peggy Lee
  • “Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?” - Mack Gordon Harry Warren
  • “Ridin' on the City of New Orleans, Illinois Central, Monday mornin' rail, 15 cars and 15 restless riders, Three conductors, 25 sacks of mail” - Steve Goodman
  • “There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run. When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun” - Gordon Lightfoot
  • “Do you hear that whistle down the line, I figure that it's Engine #49, She's the only one that'll sound that way on The Atchison, Topeka and The Santa Fe.” - Johnny Mercer
  • “When I was young, I spent my summer days, Playin' on the track, The sound of the wheels rollin' On the steel took me out, took me back” - John Fogerty
  • “People get ready. There's a train a comin' You don't need no baggage, you just get on board” - Curtis Mayfield.
  • “I was ridin' number nine - Headin' south from Caroline - I heard that lonesome whistle blow” - Hank Williams
  • “Hear the mighty rush of the engine hear the lonesome hobos call - You’re traveling through the jungle on the Wabash Cannonball”
As always, feedback, and bug reports welcome. I'm always looking for new travel trivia. Please, feel free offer suggestions, and ideas
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11 Comments
WarPyro Mar 9 @ 2:31pm 
''West Street, Shields Road - the train goes round and round
You've never lived unless you've been on the Glasgow Underground.'' - Cliff Hanley
ClearchusOfSparta Feb 22 @ 6:17am 
Seven football fields in two seconds. That’s how much distance a rocket-powered sled covered in March 2016 in a test run that broke the world record for speed on a magnetically levitated track. The 2,100-foot-long track is at Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico, home to the 846th Test Squadron. The team behind the magnetic levitation system was able to push their sled to reach a top speed of 633 miles per hour, besting their previous world record of 513 mph set two days earlier.
Havan_IronOak  [author] Feb 17 @ 8:32am 
Always looking to expand this collection of quotes, trivia and other travel related factoids. Please feel free to add any that you have here in the comments
thinskin45 Feb 17 @ 8:29am 
Havan_IronOak Fair enough, thank you. :)
Havan_IronOak  [author] Feb 17 @ 8:29am 
The CRH380A test was held on the Shanghai–Hangzhou Passenger Railway The trainset with series number CRH380A-6001 reached the maximum speed of 416.6 km/h (258.9 mph). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Railways_CRH380A
Havan_IronOak  [author] Feb 17 @ 8:25am 
The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, French for "High-Speed Train") holds a series of land speed records for rail vehicles achieved by SNCF, the French national railway, and its industrial partners. The high-speed trials are intended to expand the limits of high-speed rail technology, increasing speed and comfort without compromising safety.

The current world speed record for a commercial train on steel wheels is held by the French TGV at 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph), achieved on 3 April 2007 on the new LGV Est.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TGV_world_speed_record
thinskin45 Feb 17 @ 8:25am 
Havan_IronOak True, sometimes these things move too fast lol, and the authenticity of any claims are difficult to believe with China imho. :)
Havan_IronOak  [author] Feb 17 @ 8:23am 
Thinskin45 You might be right. These things constantly change. The CRH380A is designed to operate at a cruise speed of 350 km/h (217 mph) and a maximum of 380 km/h (236 mph) in commercial service. The trains have had their operating speed reduced to 300 km/h (186 mph) after the Wenzhou train collision, in 2011.
thinskin45 Feb 17 @ 7:08am 
I thought the Chinese CRH 380A Harmony holds the current speed record for conventional trains?
Vakan Feb 15 @ 3:58pm 
Nice idea, but the TGV speed record is 574.8 km/h. 584 is for maglev i think.