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Why is West Kowloon diferent from Hung Hom?

edition-m.cnn.comI wonder if it's the first time to enforce Chinese governance in Hong Kong's train station. Hung Hom, the current terminus of long distance trains between Mainland China and Hong Kong also has the same border inspection sy…

Why was the gauge changed

North Korean railway line opens http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/infrastructure/single-view/view/north-korean-railway-line-opens.htmlIt seems to be common in Korean Peninsula to replace narrow gauge rail with standard gauge rail. Suwon-I…

Why is it difficult to sell environmentally favored concrete?

This concrete can trap CO2 emissions forever http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/12/technology/concrete-carboncure/index.htmlHow much it costs to produce concrete is an important factor to make it common to use that concrete. If it's not competit…

Why is it NG?

Paris RER NG design unveiled http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/paris-rer-ng-design-unveiled.htmlWhen I saw the title, I thought it would be about design which was not adopted to RER, because of the …

Travel Diary on June 10, 2018

I left the hotel at 4:45. I felt sorry for hotel staff. I walked to Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport.DSC_0124 posted by (C)gozami Airport Bus StationDSC_0127 posted by (C)gozami Building near the airportDSC_0132 posted by (C)gozami …

Travel Diary on June 9, 2018

I got up early in the morning not to eat breakfast, but to take pictures of the trains.I walked to Lao Dao Kou Bridge. IMG_6881 posted by (C)gozami California Beef NoodleIMG_6890 posted by (C)gozami Mao Ze DongIMG_6904 posted by (C)gozami …

Travel Diary on June 8, 2018

Last night, I took expressbus from Ebina to Osaka. After arriving at "Umeda Motorpool in front of Plaza Hotel", I walked to Umeda Station. And then, I went to Kansai International Airport via Namba, where I ate breakfast and took bath.I we…

Sorry for skipping diary

Because I was travelling from midnight of June 7 to morning on June 11, I couldn't afford to write here something. I'd like to write travel diary within a month. Please wait.

Why is it equal?

Google employee confronts execs over diversity: Many of us feel 'unsafe' http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/06/technology/alphabet-shareholder-meeting/index.htmlIT companies which have headquarters in California are supposed to hire many Asian p…

Why do they use cars in mega cities?

Single 150 sq foot Hong Kong parking space sells for $760,000 https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/hong-kong-parking-space-intl/index.htmlIt's often the case with densed cities that vehicle is the most rip-off transportation mode. Hong K…

Why is the gauge of e-BART is different from BART?

BART launches diesel services to Antioch http://www.metro-report.com/news/news-by-region/americas/single-view/view/bart-launches-diesel-services-to-antioch.htmlThis is actually a branching line of BART networks. It seems to be appropriate …

Why is it acceptable?

edition.cnn.comI've heard that some doctors in Japan turn on music during surgery to calm down their emotion. But, I've never heard those who sing or dance during that. It will endanger patients. On the other hand, it can be allowed in psy…

World's longest Distance between neighboring stations

Here is the list of the longest distance between neighboring stations. (Stations in US and Canada are excluded from the list. That's because it's difficult to find out intermediate freight stations on each line)※The section below is under …

Why do they revive colored aircrafts?

18 of the coolest aircraft paint jobs you'll ever see https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/best-aircraft-livery-design/index.htmlI've already known that aircrafts without decoration are saving cost, because they are lighter than conventi…

Why it can be legitimate?

Sweden Legalizes Child Marriages For Immigrants https://dailyeb.com/2017/10/21/sweden-legalizes-child-marriages-for-immigrants/It's a rare example which shows the phrase "When you are in Roma, do as the Romans do." doesn't work. I guess it…

Why do they protest against tram?

Utsunomiya light rail line breaks ground http://www.metro-report.com/news/news-by-region/asia-pacific-ex-china/single-view/view/utsunomiya-light-rail-line-breaks-ground.htmlThose who has been protesting against construction of this light r…

Why there won't be a long distance train across the strait?

Test running begins on European Marmaray alignment http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/test-running-begins-on-european-marmaray-alignment.htmlI wonder if long distance trains will run through the trans-Bosporus railway tunn…

Walking around Hazawa-Yokohama-Kokudai.Sta

The station will be an intermediate station on Sotetsu-JR through Line and Sotetsu-Tokyu through Line. The former line is estimated to inaugurate in 2019, the latter is in 2022.So, the station is being constructed. I visited the constructi…

Why are they exotic?

Fascinating photos offer a rare look at Japan's past edition.cnn.comThe word "exotic" seems to be interesting. In the United States, it is used for Oriental things including Japanese style like the word referred to in the article. On the o…

Why doesn't it proceed in a straight way?

edition.cnn.comBecause of conflicts between North and South lasts more than half a century, many people are still skeptical about peace treaty between them. It's also for President Trump. He has experienced so many kinds of difficult negot…

Nanjing Metro Lines S7 and extension part of S1 opened

http://www.urbanrail.net/as/cn/nanj/nanjing.htmAfter opening these sections, Lukou International Airport became the intermediate station. When we consider that recent airports in East Asia are built in suburbs located more than 30km from i…

Why is it important for Malaysia?

www.railwaygazette.comMore and more diesel locomotives will be replaced with newly manufactured DMU. I've already known that brandnew EMU are gradually installed outskirt of Kuala Lumpur. But, it's the first time for me to know that simila…

Why is it hard time for New York Subway?

Fast Forward plan seeks to renew the New York Subway http://www.metro-report.com/news/infrastructure/single-view/view/fast-forward-plan-seeks-to-renew-the-new-york-subway.htmlNew York Subway was once famous for an unsafe metro system. But,…

Why is it legitimate?

In Budapest, a railway run by children https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/gyermekvasut-budapest-railway/index.htmlThe biggest question I have about the article is why children can work legally. In most countries, children are forbidden…

Why are rail maps no longer important?

Identifying‘navigational hazards’ on metro maps http://www.metro-report.com/news/metro/single-view/view/identifying-navigational-hazards-on-metro-maps.htmlThe more complex rail network becomes, the more difficult it would be to find the sh…

Tobu 1800 series train ran for the last time(東武1800系ラストラン)

Tobu 1800 series train is the train owned by Tobu Railway, one of the major private railways in Japan. The trains were manufactured for Express "Ryomo" from 1969 to 1987. But, they has become obsolete more than 30 years since its debut . E…

Why do they imitate richer people?

Amalia Ulman's Instagram performance exposed the flaws in selfie culture https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/amalia-ulman-instagram-excellences-perfections/index.htmlThough SNS like Instagram urges users to behave as if they were affluen…

Why don't you pay attention to water?

edition.cnn.comBasically, if you remember "tap water is not drinkable without boiling", you won't get sick caused by water contamination. In addition to it, it's scientifically shown that pool water is more polluted than water in toilet. S…

Why do they focus on FGT now?

Kintetsu struggles on Free Gauge Train www.asahi.com(Translation starts) Kintetsu, One of the major private railways in Japan, unveiled their plan to research on Free Gauge Train, which can runs through different gauge tracks. According to…

Why is it always bad?

edition.cnn.comIt won't be better for Moon Jae-in to hurl bottles in which intimidating messages against Kim Jong-Un regime is written. But, it won't be an issue to hurl ones filled with rice, seeds, or any other kind of commodities used i…