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Where do trains (and other moving things) get their interenet from?

I know cell phone providers sell data plans, but my understanding is that these have limited connection speeds - these days many trains offer "free wi-fi" for the passengers (I was even told of a shuttle bus that had wi-fi available). It can't just be standard cell phone data connection right? That would be hopelessly slow if more than a couple of passengers connected. Planes use satellite connections I think. What technology do land based - but moving - wi-fi hotspots use? Thanks
posted by Xhris on Jul 16, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I take the Metra from Union Station to Naperville?

I'm taking the Amtrak to Chicago next month and am planning on taking the Metra out to Naperville after I arrive so my mom can pick me up, but I'm not quite sure how to do it. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge on May 17, 2014 - 25 answers

Need Lodging Advice and Possibly Itinerary Tweaks for Peru

My wife and I are planning a two-week trip to Peru in November, and though the big pieces of the trip are in place, we need some advice on how to slot things in. Also, lodging help. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead on Apr 30, 2014 - 2 answers

What should we do on an 8-hour Amtrak ride with our train-loving kid?

My family is taking a trip this weekend up on Amtrak from Richmond, VA to New Haven, CT, on the Northeast Regional. My 9-year-old son loves trains, but has never been on Amtrak. How can I make this the Best Trip Ever for him? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Feb 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Best Toiletry Bag Contents?

An unexpected late holiday gift has left me the owner of an amazingly capacious leather toiletry bag (this one to be exact) to replace my previous canvas sack. What can I put in it to make it the best men's toiletry bag ever for someone who travels frequently? I'm already putting in travel toothbrushes and simple shaving supplies, but what else should I include? What unexpected thing has been life-saving (or just really welcome) in your toilet bag? What emergency supplies should I have on hand?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 17, 2014 - 44 answers

[Santa Filter] Help me find this super-generic toy

My toddler loves watching train videos on YouTube, and this morning we ran across this one, featuring a kid playing with his new toy train, purchased in "Chinatown". Toddler has now expressed a deep desire to have Santa leave one of those under the tree. I *think* I've IDed that train as the Kids Athority High-Speed Train Set, but no one on the Internet seems to sell it. So, I turn to you, my friends in the green - any thoughts on how someone who's not really near any random Chinatown might acquire one of these in time to have Santa drop it off?
posted by hanov3r on Dec 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Choo choo cha question. About trains. For grammy.

Help me help grandma figure out what's in the passing trains. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Nov 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Foreign Film Search

Looking for the name of a movie about a young woman who gets unexpectedly pregnant and the bookseller she befriends who also makes audio recordings of trains. I'm about 80% sure it's Japanese (with English subtitles). [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano on Aug 30, 2013 - 3 answers

London to Brittany in a Day?

Due to some ill-advised scheduling, we (Americans) are travelling from London to rural Brittany, then back to our reserved room in Paris three days later. Rennes is the closest major city to Plumieux, the village where our friends live. All of the stuff I see online says to take the Eurostar from London to Gare du Nord in Paris, then transfer to Montparnasse to take the TVG to Rennes. From there we would catch a bus to get us near Plumieux, close enough for our friends to pick us up. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Freight train whistles: legally required, blown for fun, or both?

I've always wondered when you hear a freight train horn blast in the middle of the night: is that an engineer doing something required by law, or is it some guy running a train that is doing it at intervals whenever he personally feels like it? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Aug 1, 2013 - 30 answers

What's so special about long-distance train travel?

For short haul trips in the Northeast, buses and trains can sometimes be more convenient than flying. But when it's longer than four or five hours, I'll typically take the plane. For those of you who prefer trains over planes for long-distance travel, I'd love to understand the allure of the trains. What do you like about them? What's been your favorite long-distance trip?
posted by akka on Jul 8, 2013 - 44 answers

Best transportation between PHL and ROC?

During the last year, my long-distance boyfriend and I have gotten used to making the trip between NYC and Rochester, NY for weekend visits. Now I'm moving to Philadelphia, and we need a new plan. What's the fastest, least painful, least expensive way to get between Philadelphia and Rochester? [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Jun 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Trains that passed in the night ... how'd they do that?

During the Civil War era, what kind of signals guided intercity trains traveling at night? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on May 27, 2013 - 12 answers

A question about vehicle safety

Why don't trams/streetcars have a front bumper that almost touches the street, and slants out like a plow, so that if they hit a pedestrian they'd knock them aside rather than running them over? In fact, why don't trains have this, or even cars? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Apr 27, 2013 - 12 answers

How to change HO toy trains from DC to DCC.

I want to change my train setup from DC to DCC. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by Kilovolt on Apr 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Make a three-year-old very happy!

Okay, you know that "On Top of Spaghetti" song? Can someone cleverer than me think of a second verse for that song that involves the poor meatball and A TRAIN? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Feb 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Do trainspotters know when there's going to be a train?

Can I know in advance when a train will pass by a location? How do trainspotters do it? I'm in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Nov 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Getting to/from BOS and the hotel?

What's the best way to get from BOS to Hotel Buckminster on Sunday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Nov 2, 2012 - 5 answers

(UK) Southwest trains advanced tickets - Ashurst or Brockenhurst to London

(UK) Southwest trains advanced tickets - Ashurst or Brockenhurst to London [more inside]
posted by richb on Oct 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me keep my SmartyPants image shiny.

Considering the huge amount of oil/energy expended driving trucks full of food all over the country, would it make more sense to increase our train infrastructure (is that even possible?) to move more food? That's the question, but not why I've come to Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Aug 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Adventures in Benelux trains

I'm in Eindhoven, I have a train ticket from "Any Dutch Station" to Brussels tomorrow. From then I need to get to London. Is there any fun or interesting detour I can make? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jun 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Books for three little boys?

I need recommendations for books to give my nephews for their 2nd, 4th, and 6th respective birthdays! [more inside]
posted by Kpele on Jun 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Is my plastic money good enough for them?

Am I going to be stranded in Denmark by my American credit cards?! [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on May 21, 2012 - 27 answers

Help a Brit with an American travel conundrum?

I need to get to Indian River County in Florida from Orlando International Airport. How am I going to do it? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Mar 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Yet another 'What do I do in Italy?' question...

I need to figure out what to do at night/early morning in Italy. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Feb 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Day trips in Belgium

Belgian MeFites! Or MeFites who have been to Belgium! A question about trains. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Nov 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Did people believe their hair would catch on fire if they rode on a train?

There's a story I've long accepted as fact, that when the railroad train (or possibly the automobile) was introduced, some people opposed them in the belief that their hair would catch on fire from air friction if they traveled over a certain speed (maybe 35 miles per hour). A while back, I tried Googling this story to find the source, and was surprised to find I was completely unable to locate any reference to this. Did I just dream this one night and forget that it wasn't true?
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Oct 19, 2011 - 5 answers

DC to Worcester in the 20s

D.C. to Worcester, MA by train, ca. 1927? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Unknown Photographer Filter: Please Help Me Find The Owner of This Picture

I'd like to use this photo on my website, but would like to get permission from its owner first. [more inside]
posted by konig on Sep 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Dresdner Zug Frage

What should I expect for a 4+ hour "RE" train ride in Germany? N├╝rnberg to Dresden. [more inside]
posted by ethnomethodologist on Sep 8, 2011 - 8 answers

The book John Candy is reading in Planes, Trains & Automobiles?

In the film "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," Del Griffith (John Candy) is reading a book titled "The Canadian Mounted." Is this a real book or just a joke prop for the film? [more inside]
posted by beta male on Jul 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Travelling in Azerbaijan?

Travelfilter: Azerbaijan for Eurovision. Recommendations and where to travel afterwards. [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow on Jul 5, 2011 - 7 answers

WoodenToyTrainFilter: What is the difference between all the different brands of wooden toy trains?

WoodenToyTrainFilter: What is the difference between all the different brands of wooden toy trains? Are some significantly higher quality than others? [more inside]
posted by kenliu on Jun 18, 2011 - 14 answers

so far away argh!

What would be the most streamlined/cheap/quickest way to get to go between Rochester, NY and Port Jefferson(Long Island), NY on a semi regular basis? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on May 5, 2011 - 19 answers

Waking up on moving vehicles!

Waking up in moving vehicles sends me into existential crises. What? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Jun 30, 2010 - 23 answers

Trains from Berlin to avoid Ryanair?

I loathe Ryanair. I need to get back to London from Berlin next Friday, and I don't want to fly Ryanair, but all the flights on other airlines are hideously expensive. Before I succumb, I was thinking about catching a fast train from Berlin to somewhere in Germany not too far away with an airport, then catching a flight to London from there. Any suggestions on airports within two hours of Berlin on the fast train that have regular flights to London?
posted by curious zoe on Jun 29, 2010 - 6 answers

NYC => DC: Train or plane?

I heard the Oil Barons destroyed trains in the 70s in the US. Should I let this get in the way of a trip by train from NYC => Washington DC and back (just one night in DC)? Or are flights + security + not-dodgy company better? I have no idea. A previous AskMeFi thread suggested that in 2008 trains were slow but reasonably enjoyable. What's the Q2 2010 view?
posted by kiwi.es on May 28, 2010 - 31 answers

Rome to Florence, are we cutting it too close?

So we're arriving in Rome at 6:50PM, is it reasonable to expect to get to Florence that same night by train? We're also considering a side trip to Stockholm, any secrets to getting there and back? [more inside]
posted by advicepig on May 8, 2010 - 15 answers

How to sit together without buying the same ticket?

Me and a friend are both taking the Amtrak Empire Builder from Minneapolis to the Northwest in late May. However, she is heading to Wenatchee, WA. and I am heading to Portland, OR. We haven't bought any tickets yet, and we are wondering if it is possible to be on seats next to each other even though we are heading to different locations. Is this possible? The train we both need to take splits off in Spokane, WA. which is why we can't simply buy the same tickets and one of get off early.
posted by Corduroy on Mar 24, 2010 - 13 answers

One evening in Tokyo

Traveling in Tokyo filter: My nephew, who is in the U.S. Air Force, is traveling to his first posting at Misawa AB, in Aomori Prefecture, in Japan. He will arrive at Narita at 2:55 pm local time on March 17, and needs to get to Haneda airport for a 7:55 am flight to Misawa the next morning, March 18. He'll have one afternoon and evening in Tokyo to do a little sightseeing. Suggestions and travel help? [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Mar 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Software for a young gentleman

Cool software for a 2.5 year old boy. [more inside]
posted by signal on Feb 19, 2010 - 16 answers

No, it isn't that Richard Scarry picture.

Yet another children's book ID request: I had a children's book with intricate black-blue-and-white-only diagrams illustrating internal combustion engines. It was unusually scientifically detailed for its intended age range (I was about 5 when we owned it, but my very fuzzy memory suggests the description of the engine cycle would not have been out of place in freshman physics). It may, additionally, have been about trains. More details are inside. [more inside]
posted by dorque on Dec 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Starting my first Model Railroad layout

Advice and tips for starting my first HO model train layout? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Dec 17, 2009 - 6 answers

A bridge to?

What are these... bridges? [more inside]
posted by monospace on Dec 17, 2009 - 6 answers

What was that rolling train song?

Name that song: CW, popular around the same time as Some Fools Never Learn, based on images of trains, running on the same track or something similar. Thanks!
posted by dpcoffin on Dec 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Please hope me Amtrak rite!

Travel trips? I have read the Amtrak archives for some great advice but I have some different detailed questions! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 - 13 answers

Long Gone seems to be long Gone

Is there any official source of DVDs or digital copies of Tony Eberhardt's 2003 film "Long Gone" available in the US? The goal is for personal use, not presentation.
posted by Science! on Nov 7, 2009 - 1 answer

Train watching in Philadelphia

It's a lovely Fall day. Where's a good place to take some young 'uns train watching in Philadelphia? The priority is on lots of trains, up close. I don't mind paying to get on a platform. Proximity to West Philly a bonus. Thank you!
posted by carter on Oct 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Best way to plan a timely day trip from Rochester to Toronto?

TorontoFilter: I have a ticket to go to this event on Friday, at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. I live in Rochester, NY. What are my options for getting there on time? [more inside]
posted by agentmunroe on Oct 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Audio of old departing train announcements?

Where online can I find historic audio of train conductors or platform announcers calling out the coming stops on a train and then saying "all aboard"? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 14, 2009 - 2 answers

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