As many of you will know, one of Kevin’s ambitions is to own a private railway car. So this morning, when I saw Nick Harkaway tweet excitedly about one such thing, I immediately forwarded the link to Kevin. The link is question was not just about any old train, it was about a train belonging to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and it served as a mobile Imperial palace. Check it out.
Of course luxury is only one option. There are other ways to make a train seriously cool. For example, you could add artillery. I found out about armoured trains during the opening day talk at Hydro Books. Andrew McKie forwarded me a link to some of the trains used by the Red Army during the Russian Civil War. Take a look.
However, I still think that the coolest armoured train is the “Orlik”, captured from the Russians by the Czech Legion. I found this picture on a Czech website.