6 facts you won’t believe about trains!
Rail travel is popular all over the world with over 1.8 billion people travelling by train a year. The railway is especially a part of British culture, from the first ever locomotive journey to the everyday commute.
Trains have a cult following and continue to be one of Britain’s favourite modes of transport. If you fancy yourself a lover of all things rail, check out these facts about trains:
- What do you call someone who studies trains?
The name for somebody who studies trains is a ferroquinologist. Quite the mouthful, it’s a combination of the Latin word for iron (ferrum), Latin for horse (equus) and the English word logist!
- What is the longest name of a train station?
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a station located in Wales. The name is the Welsh translation of to “St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the fierce whirlpool of St Tysilio of the red cave”.
- One of the first films shown to the public featured a train.
In 1895 the film ‘The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station’ was shown in France. A moving image of a train wouldn’t scare people nowadays but at the time the picture caused panic. It’s reported that viewers ran out of the cinema believing the train was actually coming toward them.
- Daniel Craig filmed the train scene from Skyfall on a moving train.
With CGI at it’s best, it’s surprising to hear that stunts are still filmed in dangerous ways. During the train scene in Skyfall, Daniel Craig filmed most of this scene himself on top of a moving train – you can find the video here!
- There is an abandoned train station under New York City.
It’s human nature to enjoy the adrenaline associated with being spooked and there’s nothing more spooky than abandoned buildings. Located under the big apple lies several abandoned train stations – it’s reported you can see the Old City Hall station on train number 6.
- The term horsepower was originally a marketing tool for trains.
James Watt the inventor of the modern steam train came up with the measurement of horsepower. Watt measured the daily amount of power a horse could generate in a mill and applied this to trains! The measure was easy to understand and is still used today.