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Besides the antique cable cars, which are a protected National Monument, San Francisco runs historic streetcars on a daily basis. ("F" line.) Most are the PCC streetcars from the 1940s and 50s. Some are Peter Witt streetcars originally from Milan, which were built in 1928. There is one from Melbourne, Australia built in 1929.


They are DMU's with two axles used only by CFR (national rail company), built from 1935 to 1950, first refurbished in the 60s changed their motor from a Ganz of 130 hp to a Raba-Man of 180 hp, at the second main refurbishment from 2008 some of them got a new motor a Volvo Penta 226 hp, and a new paint scheme. More details (but in romanian) http://transport-...


They’re not exactly the oldest and they are not a subway but an S-train, but they still fulfil the remaining requirements somewhat, especially since they use third rail electrification: The S-Bahn in Berlin still has four historic EMUs that will operate for touristic reasons. Two are class ET 165 as seen in the image (taken from Wikipedia). They were ...


In Romania, Malaxa railbus class 77, built in the 30s, runs on different routes, with a low number of passagers.


Depending on your definition of the word "bridge", Hamburg definitely comes on top with 2496 bridges.


Off the top of my head, and with a little help from SportOutdoor24: The Waikiki Roughwater Swim is a good starting point, with its 3.78km ocean swim off the coast of Hawaii You could join the Messina Straight swim, whose linked site (in Italian) says that you must be a licensed athlete to participate The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim also looks promising ...


The Arctic and Antarctic are challenging places to swim at. It is not expensive to go to Svalbard and the Antarctic is reachable for a reasonable price too. Wim Hof, shown swimming in Iceland here offers courses that will allow you to swim in ice cold conditions for a long time without suffering the usual symptoms. This involves doing hyperventilation ...


If you want an extreme, quite difficult challenge, why not swim from Europe to Africa? You can swim from Spain (or UK if you start from Gibraltar) to Morocco! Its about 12 miles, but its sea water. Fun fact: big transatlantic ships would need to stop if you want to cross, because "pedestrians" have priority over ships. Nice story to tell your grandchildren ...


The longest freshwater swim race in North America is the 36-mile Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test on the Red River of the North on the border between North Dakota and Minnesota. It's inexpensive and attracts people from all over the country.


You could do the Rottnest Channel Swim, 20km from Cottesloe beach to Rottnest Island in Perth, Australia. Beautiful spot, water a nice temp, you might just have to battle a bit of seabreeze and the odd shark. You can enter 2 or 4-person teams as well, and each swimmer has a boat and kayak support crew. Great party on the Island once everyone gets over as ...


Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. It's the oldest lake in Europe. There is a traditional marathon every year. It's beautiful, affordable, no sharks and lots of history. I was born there if you need any info feel free to msg me. The marathon is about ~30km and the best swimmers in the world come to compete.


Maybe you could try out this one: The site is a bit glitched in english, so here's a link to the entry form. It goes from the marker to the star: I don't know if there is an entry price, but places are very limited. Swimmers have boats following them for safety, which is nice. I linked to the "solo" ...


If you haven't had the chance to go to Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, this could be a great reason for a first visit. It hosts an annual 3-km race across the lake, where swimming otherwise is forbidden. The lake is surrounded by mountains and the whole area is generally amazing. The only potential downside is how time-consuming it is to go there. The easiest way ...

16 this is a 5.2km swim in the biggest lake in Central Europe. Registration is 30 USD. Around 10000 people do this yearly, however very few from abroad, only a few hundred typically. There's a certain bragging right in that :)


Where I live on the border between Germany and Switzerland there is a big lake, Lake Constance. Well, it's big by our standards. The Rhine runs in one end and out the other end over the Rheinfall, so there is a fair current, and it can be cold, depending on the time of year. Occasionally intrepid people swim all the way along it (63 km, 39 miles) or across....


If you really want a triathlon, there is the Ultra-Triathlon Napoleon this summer in Corsica (France): A 15 km swim across the "Bouches de Bonifacio" (from Sardinia to Corsica) A 600 km biking race around Corsica A 200 km running race on the GR 20 (cutting a diagonal from South East to North West) All that from August 15 to 19. There are about 50 ...


The Freedom Swim is another "prison escape" swim from Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners of the Apartheid era were held) to Blouberg, near Cape Town, South Africa. The distance is 7.5km and the temperature is typically around 13°C. It takes place in the Southern Hemisphere autumn (around Freedom Day, 27 April) and is open ...


There are many long (and long-ish) distance swims known around the world. If you're looking for something medium distance (i.e. not English Channel), you can try International Swim Across Dnipro River in Ukraine - it's 10km, about 4 times the distance of Escape from Alcatraz swim and about 1/3 of the English Channel. Here's the link to the last year's ...


How about the Turkish Straits - the Hellespont / Bosphorus / Dardanelles ? (Photo is public domain as it was created by NASA).


I'm no train expert, but it seems the Settebello term is just applied to the ETR-300 series of trains. As Hobbes points out, it doesn't seem like any of these are left. The best I could come up with is a model at the Pietrarsa museum. However, on researching the Settebello there is a series-250 called the Arlecchino which does have a model in service. A ...


Only one of the ETR.300 Settebello trainsets survives. ETR.302 is stored at Falconara Marittima station, a few km north of Ancona. It's in a very bad state and you can't get inside. The blog post dates from January 2016. The train has already been cannibalized, and some of its interior was replaced in the '90s so it's not in its original state anyway.


A little circuit in France (near Germany): anneau du rhin (Rheinring) Prices are in between 150 and 1000 euro. Depence on the vehicle and duration.


In the UK, track day organisers include MSV who will rent you an Ariel Atom, among other cars. They run track days at the following circuits: Brands Hatch Oulton Park Cadwell Park Snetterton Bedford Autodrome


There are a reasonable number of car hire places which specialise in this kind of thing: essentially they rent you a car with track day insurance, and access to a track. Much like the "bring your own car" track days, but they provide the car too. (UK site but covers other tracks in Europe)


Just off the top of my head check out Nürburgring, which lets you drive your own, rent a car, train, etc... So have fun. P.S. From what I also been told owners may be able to test drive on Ferrari test track but this is hearsay.


There is actually a South African company that provides what they call Autobahn Blasts: driving at high speed on a de-restricted section of the Autobahn. Now, I do not know if they're trustworthy, but they seem to have a number of high-profile sponsors. Here's a link to the relevant page on their website:


That's the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. It's an opera house and cultural centre in Valencia, Spain. Photo from Wikimedia.


As someone who has driven well past 200 km/h often, I can offer these additional suggestions, based on my own experience: You need to concentrate extremely hard at any speed above 150 km/h, because you have very little reaction time. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS IN A CAR YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH. I cannot stress this enough. Make sure you are using the correct ...


I've had the (mixed!) pleasure of racking up many, many kilometers on German highways, also in various cars that can go faster than most other traffic. While I have no specific answer to what stretch is best, please note several caveats that might, in the worst case, get someone killed: You should not go "too" fast in a car that you are not familiar with. ...


I can not comment yet on this SE, and this is not an answer to the question, but I feel like I have to warn you. And the other two answer you got (Jan's and Tor-Einar Jarnbjo's) are still pretty good. Before you go racing, you may want to check this video about a situation identical to yours: This happened a year ago on a ...


There is absolutely no part of any German highway guaranteed to have no speed limits. Even if there is usually no speed limit, road works are quite common, not always announced in advance and usually bring with them a speed limit of 80 or even some time 60 km/h. If you still want to give it a try, you can find several helpful resources online. The web site ...


I didn’t find any maps that included the actual lengths of stretches, but I found two that at least tell you the speed limit (or absence of one). I entered the legs into Google maps to get their lengths. I found one map on from 2012 (according to copyright) and another from (link to the second map’s colours’ ...

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