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Happy Trainline Day, everyone! Trainline is the annual railway statistical publication prepared by the Australian Government’s Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics.
bitre.gov.au/publications/2022

#OtD 26 May 1937 organisers from the United Automobile Workers union were brutally beaten by Ford company thugs as they tried to leaflet a Detroit plant. Despite the repression, the company caved three years later and recognised the union libcom.org/history/battle-over

Disturbing news if true: “Inland Rail set to terminate at North Star” queenslandcountrylife.com.au/s (paywalled, use reader mode to bypass it)
ALP made an election promise to pause development of the Inland Rail route through Queensland. If it ends up being terminated at North Star or takes a stupid circuitous route such as the original railway route via Warwick then it’s going to be a failure.

cryptocurrency, scams 

Lots to enjoy in this interview: Why This Computer Scientist Says All Cryptocurrency Should “Die in a Fire” currentaffairs.org/2022/05/why via @bgcarlisle

#OtD 23 May 1946 engineers and rail workers launched a nationwide strike in the US. "An almost complete shutdown of the nation's commerce," despite the government taking over the railroads on May 17 to try to prevent the stoppage. libcom.org/history/world-war-i

I’ve wondered this same thing about photos of Japan for years, and he nailed it.

Ugh. You know what? If you are even now still posting un-CW'd twitter crossposts and they are full of bile, I am unfollowing.

tests are showing flimflam levels at 57%

(57%) ■■■■■□□□□□

#OtD 22 May 1895 Rail union leader Eugene Debs was imprisoned for 6 months for his role in the Pullman strike. The repression backfired on the state somewhat as Debs emerged a militant socialist. This is a history of the strike: libcom.org/history/pullman-str

Today, I dragged @StuartBeveridge to Chorley to see a fantastic bridge.

Because the railway and canal are at such a sharp angle, a normal arch wouldn't stay up. Instead, the stones are hand-carved in curves so that the joins between them are perpendicular to the bridge's weight.

An existing solution for efficient, zero-emissions rubbish collection in urban areas: the VBZ / ERZ Cargo Tram in Zurich, Switzerland. Handles bulky municipal rubbish collection in tight city streets with ease and has luxurious facilities for workers on-board the tram locomotive - a field workshop, coffee machine and microwave!
youtube.com/watch?v=P4FA4koe88

G’day fellow Aussies, I know most of you on here are also happy about the recent election result but can you please use Content Warnings on your public & unlisted toots about it?

The Tram Driver Championships have restarted.

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