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Rare mutant redwood to be chopped down to make way for railroad – Boing Boing

I think this:

Matthew says: “An extremely rare albino chimero coast redwood tree is growing in the small Sonoma County town of Cotati. Federal regulators say the tree must be chopped down because the genetically mutated redwood is too close to a proposed set of new railroad tracks. Preservationists are hoping to raise public awareness and save the tree. The tree is believed to be one of fewer than 10 albino chimero redwood trees in the world.”

and this, belong together.

Hard not to love this - by Nemos in Milan, Italy.

by Nemos in Milan, Italy.

Go tell them what you think at bbs.boingboing.net

via Rare mutant redwood to be chopped down to make way for railroad – Boing Boing.

RailroadWare | Unique Lighting | Hardware

This popped up in our inbox this morning from RailroadWare.

They have beautiful products made from glass insulators. We especially like the respectful write-up on the history of insulators on their website.

SOME GLASS INSULATORS ARE OVER 100 YEARS OLD. EACH ONE IS UNIQUE.

Glass insulators are a fascinating part of the industrial revolution and communications. Although they are relics of an old technology, found mostly along old rail and abandoned telegraph lines, they have a historical significance to the telecom industry worldwide.

The oldest insulators pre-date the Civil War. U.S. Companies such as Hemingray, Brookefield, Kerr, Armstrong, Tatum & Pyrex manufactured them. They were produced by the millions until the 1970’s. Some were experimental or produced in limited quantities, some are extremely rare, and many over 100 years old and collected worldwide.

There are many nuances in the styles, colors and uses of glass insulators. Each has a unique shape, design and industrial form that track the industry, development, technology and innovation.

via RailroadWare | Unique Lighting | Housewares | Kitchen & Bath | Hardware.

Bloomingdale Trail: Proposed Linear Park in Chicago | Urban Ghosts |

Urban Ghosts are covering the rails to park beat this week. We like where these abandoned railroads are headed.

bloomingdale trail Bloomingdale Trail: Transforming an Abandoned Chicago Railroad into a Linear Urban Park

Linear urban parks utilising abandoned railway infrastructure are becoming increasingly popular, from Paris’ Promenade Plantée to New York’s High Line and proposed Lowline and QueensWay. Another exciting project proposes to transform a section of the former Bloomingdale Line, originally built in 1873 by the Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company, into a 2.7-mile elevated park called the Bloomingdale Trail.

bloomingdale line Bloomingdale Trail: Transforming an Abandoned Chicago Railroad into a Linear Urban Park

via Bloomingdale Trail: Proposed Linear Park in Chicago | Urban Ghosts |.

Sleepers Coffee Table || Rail Yard Studios

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The Sleepers Coffee Table features TENNESSEE rail from 1916. Crafted from white oak timbers, this piece also has a center tray filled with granite ballast (stone) to give it that straight from the tracks look. It is finished with a golden oak stain and polyurethane sealer. The top is 1/2″ thick glass with penciled edges. This piece is individually numbered with a salvaged railroad tie date nail from 1930.

via Sleepers Coffee Table || Rail Yard Studios.