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Follow Friday: @tempus_fukit, riding the rails and writing beautifully

British journalist Joseph Woby is one of the best long-form writers around, as he risks his life to tell stories from the road.

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Tips and rumours

Who’s next in line for Pacific Mags gig … MMP cuts freelancer rate … test your climate knowledge …

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Sportsbet derails betting on trains, after Metro demands cancellation

Online betting agency Sportsbet.com.au has stopped offering odds and refunded all bets on the punctuality of Melbourne’s trains, after the private trains operator demanded the market be removed due to concerns over “public safety”.

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Inequality diminishes trust in any society

Crikey readers have their say.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Spotting the train lovers in Poland

Wolsztyn, Poland remains one of the most famous cities in the world for trainspotters, thanks to its regular commuter train service pulled by steam trains. Jay Martin went to meet the train fanatics.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Train whistle blowin’

The Wild West of Colorado wasn’t exactly what Amber Jamieson expected. She took a ride on the tourist train that helped to transform a Rocky Mountains town, with McMansions on one side of the tracks and trailers on the other.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Have the Greens gone off the rails?

Senator Bob Brown’s call for a new study on a very fast train between Melbourne-Canberra-Sydney risks provoking some fierce green negativity, since trains are powered by fossil carbon releasing coal fired power stations, writes Ben Sandilands.

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The Guardian | ENVIRONMENT|

Why trains are superior to planes

Thanks to the Eyjafjallajökull shambles, other travellers are starting to learn what Ed Gillespie has known for years: travelling overland is not just good for your eco-geek credentials. It’s also a lovely way to recapture the romance of travel.

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Jump on the V/Line train today

If you catch the train to Albury, the destination is only part of the journey. Sit back in the 1970-esque brown upholstered seating, chat to grandmas and check out the Rooster Tree. It’s all part of the ride.

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Sydney/Melbourne by plane or bust: Airbus vision kills the fast train

The notion of a Very Fast Train for the Melbourne-Sydney corridor has been shot down by new plans from Airbus to fly Very Large Planes between the two cities, because the entire cost, and risk, is funded by the privately owned airlines and airports.

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We need new fast trains … fast.

We are all to blame with our pathetic mimicking of the American arrogant entitlement to drive anywhere we want. But fast rail lines, like those seen in Spain, are exactly what Australia’s public transport system needs.

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The Age | COMPANIES|

Will Connex lose control of Victoria’s trains?

The company currently running Melbourne’s train network is tipped to lose the contract to Keolis, a French transport group that’s partly owned by SNCF.

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New York Times | THE ARTS|

Train through Cézanne country

In the vineyards of Aix-in-Provence, captured famously by Cézanne, residents are invoking the name of their most famous citizen to protest against a planned high speed railway through the region.

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Will Climate Change bring about the demise of the Great Trains?

The Great Trains are dying

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Public Transport is your friend

Some people love their cars…

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