Omer told us about the railway and trains in Israel. The trains there are red. They run ever day, except Shabbat. Shabbat is a Jewish day of rest so no trains run on this day every week. If you need to get anywhere and don't have a car you can take a taxi instead.
Sawyer showed us pictures of his visit to the Galveston Railroad Museum with his grandpa in America. He talked about riding in an open air caboose. We were interested in finding out more about a caboose so did some research online. Old trains used to have a caboose for the train workers to rest in as well as store all their tools needed for fixing the trains and tracks. There is not as much need for trains to have a caboose car today.
Jiwoo presented about trains in Germany and how they have changed a lot. Now the trains are very fast and there are more than 3000km of railway compared to just 36km in.....We enjoyed watching a video of German trains and compared the older one which used electric over head cables to the news one which has no cables.
Rania shared her experiences on the London underground and we looked at the map showing the many lines and stations. We discussed the driver we could see in the picture and compared this to the driverless trains in Singapore.
Jiyin told us about the MTR in HongKong which is very similar to the MRT in Singapore. We were interested to find out that the reason there are only train and car tunnels under the sea between Hong Kong island and the mainland is to allow space for ships to pass. Bridges would block the way.
Swini shared a video about the history of trains in India. We were interested to see the jobs people had. Some had to break the coal and others had to throw sand in front of the tracks to increase traction. We also found out that before train stations people would gather at Banyan trees and the train would stop to pick people up there.