• Delft’s New Train Station

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    September 12, 2021 /  Shuttle and Transportation

    Info & Images: Courtesy Mecanoo Photography: Harry Cock

    Intro: Mecanoo Architects design the new Delft station, marking one’s arrival at Delft as a ceremonial and memorable experience…

    Copy: Delft’s new train station is now in use. It was officially opened on Saturday, 28th February 2015. The station, in combination with municipal offices and the new city hall, sits atop a new train tunnel built in place of the old concrete viaduct that has divided the city in two since 1965. From the outset, Mecanoo’s idea has been to design a station that makes it clear to visitors that they have arrived in Delft.

    Says Francine Houben, Mecanoo’s creative director, -Coming up the escalators, the impressive ceiling with the historic map of Delft unfolds. When you look outside, you see the city and the old station as a modern -View of Delft’ by the painter Johannes Vermeer. Arriving in Delft is now an unforgettable experience!-

    The character of Delft, epitomised by the combination of past and future, was the starting point for the design led by Francesco Veenstra of Mecanoo. A vaulted ceiling features an enormous historic 1877 map of Delft and its surroundings, connecting the station with the city hall that is currently under construction. Within the station hall, walls and columns are adorned with a contemporary re-interpretation of Delft Blue tiles. In 2017, you will be able to walk directly from the station into the city hall.

    The glass skin of the building is designed to reflect the Dutch skies. The panels of fused glass with lens-like spheres reference a vernacular window design that can be seen throughout the historic city. The combination and rhythm of open panels of high performance glass and closed fused glass panels enable a high degree of energy efficiency.

    Throughout the design process the building volume has been shaved and reformed to create a compact, highly efficient building form. The lowered roof lines at the corners provide a gradual transition towards the existing small-scale development of the Delft city centre and the adjacent Wester Quarter. Incisions in the glass volume form a pattern of alleyways and courtyards, which are themselves inspired by the intricate structure of Delft itself.

    The station hall is a part of the first phase of the development of the station and municipal office. When the old railway viaduct will be demolished in 2017, and the city hall and entire municipal offices completed, the whole complex will be open to the public.

    Clcik here to view images of the new station on indiaartndesign.com

  • Train For A 5k Race – Run And Win!

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    September 11, 2021 /  Shuttle and Transportation

    If you want to test your physical shape or if you want to start doing some kind of exercise activity in order to stay fit but you are bored of gyms, then running a 5k race is the best idea for you. Running is easy; it can be done everywhere and is a very cost effective solution. Of course you cannot jump from your couch and start running 5k, no matter how easy it can prove if you follow a plan and program.

    People do not find the 5k race intimidating that is why most of the amateur runners prefer this distance. There are also many events that involve a simple 5k race – such as St Patrick’s Day, 4th of July race and so on. If you are looking for some kind of running exercise to keep fit, or if you have to start running because your health issues demand so, then choose the 5k and start training for it, before you are able to run the whole thing at once.

    Keep in mind that 5k races, even if they are run for fun without competing, are a very serious physical activity, and can prove really hard if you don’t follow the right way. There is definitely not a fixed recipe for all, as we are all different in terms of physiology and fitness. There are though many comprehensive guides out there, who can teach you how and when to run, based on your personal needs.

    A trainer can also do the same and is a very good solution for those who want to start running in professional races. If you just want to do it for fun or fitness, then a training guide should be enough.

    Follow the instructions of the guide as much as you can, but try to avoid anything that promises that you will run the 5k like a champion in 5 days, because this is not possible. You can see some good results after 6-8 weeks, which is a normal progress for most of the people, especially those who are not avid exercising persons.

    Every training plan is designed following some specific parameters so you have to stick to it; any effort to speed it up or slow it down on your own could have the exact opposite result.

    The goal of those programs is not to become a champion within a few weeks, but to be able to become a good runner who can enjoy and benefit from the 5k exercise as much as possible. If you feel like competing, then this is even better, but that is something that will come after being able to run the 5k comfortably for some time, with no fatigue and no injuries.

  • How To Reach Ajanta Ellora By Train

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    September 10, 2021 /  Shuttle and Transportation

    Ajanta and Ellora the destination millions want to visit on their tour to India.To reach this place would be very easy as the transportation is very convenient to this city . Actually there will no difficulty about how to reach Ajanta and Ellora as there is accessibility of a variety of conveyance Choices which will make your journey disturbance free. Following are the broad variety of options to arrive at Ajanta and Ellora:

    By Air
    The easiest but a little expensive Transportation facility to Ajanta and Ellora is the closest airbase from Ajanta which is Aurangabad.Indian airlines along with the Jet Airways have every day air services to Aurangabad from both the metropolitan cities. Jalgaon, which is closer to Ajanta, is rapidly raising its airport and will be soon prepared to serve travelers visiting the site. However, as of now, Aurangabad which is 99 kilometers from Ajanta and approximately 30 km from Ellora is the ideal base to go to Ajanta and Ellora, being well linked to the significant towns of Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, and Mumbai.

    By Road
    Frequent services of inter state buses are accessible from Mumbai, Pune, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Ahmedabad, Shirdi, Nasik, Dhule, Indore, Hyderabad, and Bijapur to Aurangabad, and from Jalgaon to Ajanta.

    By Rail
    This is the most convenient way to reach Ajanta and Ellora caves. Jalgaon railway station which is nearly 60 kilometers from Ajanta, is the nearby rail terminal from Ajanta, offering trouble-free transportation entre from the chief towns of India. It is a significant junction of the majority of the chief railway stations of the nation and Bhusaval, which is positioned just about 28 kms from Jalgaon is the subsequent biggest railway railroad station in Asia. All Super Fast, express, mail and traveler trains stop at Bhusaval and a good number of them halt at Jalgaon too. From Jalgaon, you can take cab or the state transport department bus in order to arrive at Ajanta. The twin trains Tapovan Express and Devgiri Express leave each day from Mumbai to Aurangabad.

    Ajanta and Ellora are the two names that suggest a sense of inquisitiveness and attention in every travelers mind. These memorials are hundreds of years old and arrogantly speak of the early on art and civilization of the Indian subcontinent. A vacation to these traveler destinations in India will leave you with a desire to come once more.

  • The Top 10 Model Train Shops In Alabama, Florida, And Georgia

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    September 10, 2021 /  Shuttle and Transportation

    For the past year I have been compiling a list of model train stores for my model railroading website. These shops all look like a lot of fun to visit, but what are the most popular? Here is a list for the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

    The most popular model railroading shops (based on online chatter) in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia are:

    10. Trains by Johnson in Pensacola, Florida

    9. Warrick Custom Hobbies in Plantation, Florida

    8. Blairsville Hobby Shop in Blairsville, Georgia

    7. Southerland Station in Huntsville, Alabama

    6. Electric Train Outlet in Saint Louis, Alabama

    5. Trains and Treasures in Clearwater, Florida

    4. H and R Trains in Pinellas Park, Florida

    3. Bull Street Station in Savannah, Georgia

    2. Legacy Station in Lawrenceville, Georgia

    …and the most popular shop for model trains in Alabama, Florida, or Georgia is…

    1. Kennesaw Trains in Kennesaw, Georgia

    Hobby shops not quite making my top 10 were Model City Models in Jacksonville, Alabama; Pyramid Hobbies in Cullman, Alabama; KB Hobbies Model Trains in Stuart, Florida; Hollash’s Trains in Riverview, Florida; B&B Sales Hobby Shop in Snellville, Georgia; and Young Again Trains and Hobbies in Stockbridge, Georgia.

    So, there are clearly many great model railroading shops all over Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, with both Georgia and Florida having four in the top ten and Alabama having two. Georgia did especially well to have all three of the top three.

    When in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia be sure to visit some of the excellent railroading museums including Foley Railroad Museum in Foley, Alabama; Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, Alabama; North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville, Alabama; Central Florida Railroad Museum in Winter Garden, Florida; Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Florida; Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, Florida; North Florida Railway Museum in Green Cove Springs, Florida; South Florida Railroad Museum in Deerfield Beach, Florida; West Florida Railroad Museum in Milton, Florida; Charlemagne’s Kingdom in Helen, Georgia; Roundhouse Railroad Museum in Savannah, Georgia; and Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia.

    I compiled this list by searching for the hobby shops listed on a number of search engines and ranking them by the number of web pages, discussion forums, photos, videos, etc that are available online. I further screened this list to include only pages that mentioned model railroading.

  • Transportation Of Dangerous Goods Online Safety Training Courses

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    September 8, 2021 /  Shuttle and Transportation

    On August 15, 2002 the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations came into force. The mission of these regulations is to promote safety in handling and transportation of dangerous goods. There is a requirement for training transportation of dangerous goods, but how can anyone ensure that all individuals taking the training comprehend it?

    The challenge is that most online TDG training courses only offer a summary of the information. Few of them even work to abide by the principles of adult learning. This is a concern for anyone who travels the highways of Canada, as there are so many drivers transporting dangerous goods across the country on those same roads.

    When searching online TDG course, there are very few, if any online TDG courses that are more than 45 or 65 minutes in length, which is not enough time to effectively provide training. Many of these courses are simply comprised of 20 minutes of information, accompanying text and a few questions. Due to the short amount of time, these are popular courses for people only looking to produce a training card, but should that be good enough? As we know, Good enough seldom is.

    The Canadian Online Safety Training Association specifically choose to offer the WHEELS ON Transportation of dangerous goods course because of its adherence to the principles of adult learning. This course goes beyond most others with a comprehensive coverage of the topic. It includes a thorough explanation of the material. In addition, this specific course from Wheels On includes questions peppered throughout the course instead of at the end of the course. This is an important principle called chunking, for better retention and understanding of the course information there are small chunks of information proceed by questions, then another chunk of information and a few more questions which helps maintain the learners attention. It also provides learners with ample opportunity to mentally digest the information instead of trying to cram it in back to back.

    The most important part of the online TDG course offered through COSTA is the interactive activities. These engaging activities are numerous throughout the course and allow adult learners to apply what they learned again and again until they get the activity correct. This course offers some of the best activities available to help ensure understanding of this important information.

    If your organization is serious about safety of the people on the Canadian highways, then this course was designed for you. It is by far one of the best TDG online courses currently available in the marketplace and it is highly recommended by the Canadian Online Safety Training Association.

  • Four Ameriquest Executives Earn Certified Transportation Professional Designation

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    September 1, 2021 /  Shuttle and Transportation

    PressRelease – CTP program gives trucking professionals a thorough understanding about everything entailed to successfully operate a private fleet in today’s highly regulated and complex marketplace.

    CHERRY HILL, NJ – The Strategic Fleet Planning and Financing group of AmeriQuest Transportation Services announces that four additional members of its staff have achieved the designation of Certified Transportation Professional (CTP), which demonstrates they have attained a thorough knowledge of what it takes to operate a complex private truck fleet in a highly regulated industry. This addition brings the number of AmeriQuest executives who have obtained their CTP designations to seven.

    Administered for more than 20 years by the National Private Truck Council and its Board of Governors, the CTP program was created in service of the private truck industry as a way to provide transportation professionals with a more in depth understanding of private fleet management, including finance, operations, maintenance, human resources, and safety. “We want the companies we serve to know that we have the needed perspective and commitment to help them operate more efficiently and profitably,” said Patrick Gaskins, CTP, Group Vice President of Strategic Fleet Planning and Financing for AmeriQuest. “We’re proud of the hard work and dedication our team has put into earning this prestigious designation.”

    New members of the AmeriQuest CTP Class of 2015 include vice presidents, John Primiano, Chris Hamilton, Matt Guice, and director, Frank Bussone. Patrick Gaskins, Mike Hamilton, and Brian Benicewicz, have previously achieved the designation. AmeriQuest’s experienced team provides their clients with asset management services and fleet planning recommendations, while offering a variety of flexible fleet financing options.

    More information about AmeriQuest Transportation Services’ Strategic Fleet Planning and Financing services can be found at .

    About AmeriQuest Transportation Services
    AmeriQuest Transportation Services, the fleet management division of AmeriQuest Business Services, Inc., is a leading provider of comprehensive fleet management services. By leveraging the strength of more than 700,000 vehicles, AmeriQuest delivers savings, expertise, and opportunities to its private fleet and truckload carrier members. AmeriQuest provides procurement, asset financing and remarketing, and outsourced transportation management services such as full service leasing, dedicated logistics, and contract maintenance. For more information, visit .

  • Anatomy Trains What You Wanted To Know About It

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    September 1, 2021 /  Shuttle and Transportation

    Anatomy Trains is a useful guide for movement therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, massage therapists and sports written by Thomas W. Myers. Myers is highly qualified in manual therapeutic techniques and practised it for more than 30 years in different parts of the world. At present, he is the director of Kinesis, a company which provides professional certifications in myofascial release and structural integration therapy and continued licensure education.

    Anatomy Trains gives a clear understanding of the human muscular-skeletal system and the relationship of the muscles with the fascial network. According to Myers, the muscles and the fascial network are linked to one another. The fascial networking in an embryo starts at the same time when the bones, organs, and muscles begin to develop. This causes the development of a single continuous myofascial network. As a result, after the birth, any injury or accident that causes damage to the myofascial network ultimately causes disorder and ailments in the entire body.

    Anatomy Trains concept therefore adopts a holistic approach to treat any disorders related to movement, posture, and over-all body work. It says that while searching for slings and tensional lines, movement therapists must trace the muscle and fascial lines and grains instead of just focussing on the solitary muscle.

    The concept of the Anatomy Trains is used by movement therapists around the world for offering a complete and comprehensive natural treatment to their patients suffering from any disorder or ailment related to the connective tissues and muscles, such as pain in hands, wrist, shoulders, neck, and upper back.

    Some of the treatments and trainings that utilise this revolutionary concept are Myofascial Kinesiology Taping, Myofascial Training, osteopathic myofascial release and balancing techniques and sport osteopathy. Myofascial therapies for instance work to release the painful and tight myofascial structures including trigger points that might be causing pain and discomfort in other parts of the myofascial structure. Pain in hands might be a result of myofascial tension in chest, shoulders, or neck. In myofascial taping, new and unique techniques are used to naturally relieve the pain and heal the body effectively and permanently. Besides the effective treatment of musculoskeletal pain and disorders the Myofascial Kinesiology Taping techniques of the Physio Training Academy can now cure and kill pain for carpal tunnel syndrome, impingement syndromes, migraine and even tinnitus immediately after one therapy session just by taping whereas the original kinesiology taping method was not able to.

    The effects of our unique taping techniques have been proven in master and bachelor studies to get objective scientific evidence as well.

    If you are planning to be a professional therapist and wish to specialise in Myofascial taping or kinesiology taping, you may visit physiotrainingacademy.co.uk. The website offers therapeutic trainings and courses that combine Anatomy Trains concept for regulating fascia and muscle tension for astonishing and long lasting results for stability, mobility, and dynamic body movements. Here you get high quality practical courses with manuals and certificates for your CPD.

  • The Top 10 Model Train Shops in Illinois

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    August 26, 2021 /  Shuttle and Transportation

    For the past year I’ve been compiling a list of model train stores for my model railroading website. These shops all look like fantastic places to visit, but what are the most popular? Here is a list for the great state of Illinois.

    The most popular model railroading shops (based on online chatter) in the state of Illinois are:

    10. Ace Hobby Place in Chicago

    9. Hammers Hobbies in Springfield

    8. Woodstock Hobbies in Woodstock

    7. B and G Train World in Elgin

    6. Denny’s Trains and Things in Oswego

    5. America’s Best Train Toy and Hobby Shop in Itasca

    4. Prospect Bikes and Trains in Mount Prospect

    3. Spring Hill Northern Train Supply in Richmond

    2. Chicagoland Hobby in Chicago

    …and the most popular shop for model trains in Illinois is…

    1. First Hobby in Decatur

    Hobby shops not quite making my top 10 were Al’s Hobby Shop in Elmhurst, Atomic Toy Company in Galena, Berywn’s Toy Trains and Models in Berwyn, Choo Choo Connection in Schaumburg, Des Plaines Hobbies in Des Plaines, Ed’s Hobby Warehouse in Palos Hills, Golden Spike Train Shop in Burbank, Grayslake Hobby World in Grayslake, Hands To Work Railroading in Alsip, Hauff Hobbies and Train Repair in Glenview, Hill’s Hobby & Collectors’ Shop in Buffalo Grove, Hobbies R 4 U in Bradley, Hobby City in Berwyn, K-10’s Model Trains in Maryville, LaGrange Hobby Center in La Grange, Leisure Hours Hobbies in Joliet, Mike’s Scale Rails in Peoria, Oakridge Hobbies and Toys in Downers Grove, Past-Time Hobbies in Brookfield, Pat’s Hobbies Oak Lawn, Pizza Express LGB Train Shop in Carterville, Rossville Depot Railroad Museum in Rossville, Royal Hobby Shop in Rockford, Sweetname Hardware and Model Train in Peoria, Thunder Road Hobbies in Moline, Tom Thumb Hobby and Crafts in Evanston, Trains and Toys of Yesterday in in Morton Grove, Venture Hobbies Wheeling, Wabash Junction in Springfield, and Walt’s Hobby Shop in Joliet.

    Also in Illinois be sure to visit some of the great railroading museums including Chatham Railroad Museum in Chatham, Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum in Elizabeth, Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Kankakee Railroad Museum in Kankakee, Monticello Railway Museum in Monticello, Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and Union Depot Railroad Museum in Mendota.

    I compiled this list by searching for the hobby shops listed on a number of search engines and ranking them by the number of web pages, discussion forums, photos, videos, etc that are available online. I further screened this list to include only pages that mentioned model railroading.

    Check out my complete list of Model Train Shops in Illinois at www.ModelTrainsWithLarry.com which has complete contact information for each shop including an address, phone number, and map to the store.

  • Palestine Texas – Do Not Miss Downtown or the Train

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    August 26, 2021 /  Shuttle and Transportation

    Why would anyone want to visit Palestine, Texas? It’s just a small town 90 miles from Dallas that does not get in anyone’s way. Truly off-the-beaten-path, Palestine is a sleepy little town of about 20,000 people, but it does boast some little treasures. Book a stay at one of the many Palestine Texas hotels and take some time to see the dogwoods and the railroad.

    In Palestine there are countless yards and parks filled with beautiful magnolia and dogwood trees. Davey Dogwood Park, located at 210 North Link Street, is one of the most popular dogwood destinations. It has more than 200 acres of gently rolling hills, trees, meadows, and bubbling streams. There are plenty of picnic areas and scenic overlooks located throughout the park. But the park’s most amazing feature is its dogwood trees which begin to bloom in spring blanketed in white flowers for around three weeks.

    This year, the city hosted its 72nd Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration. This festival spanned several weekends and featured all kinds of activities including a dulcimer festival, arts and crafts, workshops, jam sessions, parades and more. It’s held each year in March or April and Davey Dogwood Park is a big part of the celebration.

    Of course, the Texas State Railroad is one more excursion worth mentioning as it offers both steam and diesel train trips reminiscent of days gone by. This historic train travels through the scenic piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas where rolling hills, nature and wildlife abound.

    So venture away from your Palestine Texas hotels and come see what the railroad has to offer. The railroad features many kid-friendly excursions including the Polar Express train ride in November and December, A Day out with Thomas and The Little Engine that Could Rail Tour. Enjoy your vacation with La Quinta Inn & Suites Palestine Texas Hotel.

    Asha Patel is a hotel enthusiast and describes the features for many Palestine Texas hotels . Palestine, Texas is a graceful and romantic city located just minutes away from restaurants and other Palestine attractions like Davey Dogwood Park. La Quinta Inn & Suites Palestine provides the best lodging accommodations in Palestine Texas. For more details, visit .

  • Train To Be A Great Electrician At An Electrician School!

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    August 21, 2021 /  Shuttle and Transportation

    If you are good with electrical appliances, have you ever thought of being an electrician? If so, it is important to get your training at an electrician school. Prior to that, what are the requirements of being an electrician?

    As you know, electricity is part and parcel of daily life. As an electrician, you may be working in different locations and construction sites. Some jobs of an electrician include repairing, installing, connecting, testing and maintaining electrical systems. Some risks involved in the job of an electrician include electric shocks, falls and cuts. Since these risks can be quite serious, it is necessary for an electrician to attend an electrician school and undergoes the proper electrician trade school training program.

    Most people start as an apprentice electrician which is a mixture of work based and class room learning at an electrician trade school. To start an apprenticeship, candidates should have a good high school education and be at least 18 years old. Other people may choose to train before seeking a job as an electrician or even attending an electrician school.

    Some criteria for being a good electrician include: good hand-eye coordination, good physical fitness and being well balanced. Other attributes include good problem solving skills and being able to distinguish colors. It is also important to be able to maintain and improve on the skills developed during the electrician trade school training program.

    Generally, electricians have a positive career prospect. The need for electricians is considerable since there is an ever increasing demand for electrical appliances and other electrics. With the advancement of technology, there will probably be an increase in workload across the country more than ever before.

    Electricians who work on construction sites may be subject to less work depending upon the economy at the time. If less houses and buildings are being produced, there will be less use for an electrician.

    If you have always wondered about how much an electrician is paid, then wonder no more. An apprentice electrician can start off at around $25,000 per annum. But, as a fully
    trained electrician, he can earn $46,000 or more per annum. Ultimately, how much an electrician gets depends on the company he works for and how well the economy is doing.

    Finally, if being an electrician is an ambition of yours, put in some effort to find the right electrician school for you and start your training program soon!