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New higher-speed Florida train has highest US death rate

MIAMI (AP) — After Richard Branson announced his Virgin Group would partner with Brightline, Florida’s new higher-speed passenger rail service, a train whisked the British billionaire, VIPs and journalists from Miami to West Palm Beach in just over an hour and then back, with no problems. That was likely a …

Dabous Giraffes – Niger – Atlas Obscura

These ancient giraffes are the largest known animal petroglyphs in the world.   In the heart of the Sahara lies the Tenere Desert, a barren landscape whose name is literally translated to “where there is nothing.” But in this apparent nothingness lie more than 800 petroglyphs, including an exceptional carving …

Amtrak chief defends decision to kill the traditional dining car on some long-distance trains – The Washington Post

Amtrak president and chief executive Richard Anderson on Wednesday defended the company’s decision to kill the traditional dining car on some long-distance trains, a shift that has ignited a firestorm of complaints from railroad passengers and aficionados. Anderson acknowledged the transition to more “flexible” and “contemporary” dining options hasn’t been …