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    Finding Waves Kitesurfing in Qatar | Kitesurfing Around a Deserted Island up North Qatar
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    Finding Waves Kitesurfing in Qatar | Kitesurfing Around a Deserted Island up North Qatar

    February 18, 2020

    Freggle Friends, good morning! We’re back on the road, we’re off to a kitesurfing spot in the North of Qatar. It’s howling pretty good, 20-30 knots. So that should be exciting, and for a couple days, so I’m thinking there should be some swell with some waves! And that would be really awesome! Allright, come along, let’s see what it’s like! We made it! Allright, let’s see how much it’s blowing! 20 – 30 knots forecast! Ok! Let’s get ready then! My starting point was just east of Ruwais. I want to get around the island in front of the coast. To get there, there’s a lot of upwind kitesurfing to do first. I reached the first island, now it’s on to the next one. Ok, we’re getting somewhere (waves).. It’s getting better. And that’s it, now I made it to the north coast of the island. Cool, I’m half way round the island. I’m staying in the shallows.. Constantly checking, if I can actually stand.. Because I don’t want to be swept away by current or anything.. And that way I can be super safe.. And it looks like I’m gonna make it (around the island) A bit of a rocky outcrop over there.. But mostly the bottom is sandy.. Even here.. Yep, it’s sandy as well. I can feel it. So yes, let’s make a full round! Awesome wind, no need to be scared of dying wind today.. Let’s continue! And here, I’m kitesurfing along the north tip of Qatar. As you can see, the waves on this reef, are really a lot of fun to kitesurf around!! After enjoying the waves, I quickly head back to the island for a short break.. The shallow water next to the island (downwind), makes for a super smoorth kitesurfing session.. Cool! I made it round the western side, been heading down back south. Time to hang a left, and get back to the truck. Let’s go! Should be some nice flat water there! Maybe a little gusty wind but… Amazing!! Ahh cool haha! And that was it.. Kitesurfing around the island And found some awesome swell! That was a nice day=) Wooeiii!! Subscribe guys (and girls), Give it a like! It was really awesome.. And hopefully we’ll see you again soon. And let us know your thoughts in the comments ok?? Take care, byebye!!

    Niemiecka kolej UBB na wyspie Uznam / German UBB railway on Usedom Island
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    Niemiecka kolej UBB na wyspie Uznam / German UBB railway on Usedom Island

    January 23, 2020

    At the beginning of 1990s, German railway network on Usedom island its administrator proposed to liquidate. The cost of operation exceeded the declining revenues from transport, the rolling stock and infrastructure were neglected and motorization in area of former East Germany grew rapidly. Finally, the traffic on ferry crossing connecting island with the continent was also interrupted. However, local authorities and the community strongly protested against liquidation and proposed implementation of a recovery plan, called the Usedom Project (“Uzedom”). Has this plan been bull’s eye and how does railway transport look like on Usedom island? We’ll talk about this in this episode. Let’s watch! Ralway on Usedom island Usedom is a coastal island lying on border between Poland and Germany. It has almost 450 square kilometers, of which over 80% belong to Germany. We can compare the surface of island to the largest cities in Poland – it is one-third larger than Krakow and a dozen or so percent smaller than Warsaw. However, the area is inhabited by significantly fewer people, for a total of about 77,000. The island has an average of 1906 hours of sunshine per year, which gives the best result in the regions in Germany and Poland. For this reason, it is also called the island of the Sun. And indeed, during my stay most of the time it was sunny. 😉 This fact, plus the 110-kilometer coastline along the Baltic Sea, resulted in Uznam being a popular holiday destination. Numerous tourists appearing here in the season required provision of efficient transport along the island and an alternative to the growing car traffic on two-lane roads on island. The alternative in transport of people is nowadays railway network being part of Usedomer Baderbahn – Usedom Coastal Railway and next we will be using German abbreviation UBB. Railway lines on island have a total length of over 54 kilometers. The main route connects the Świnoujście Centrum station with Wolgast. On this route, in small Zinnowitz near Wolgast begins a section with the track to Peenemünde. Lines are adapted for trains moving at speeds of up to 80 km/h. The main line, apart from adapting to regional traffic service, can also be used for long-distance trains. The station in Heringsdorf has an extended 310 meter long platform. Once, there were even connections from Berlin, about 250 kilometers away. However, is it still possible to travel by train from the island of Usedom to Berlin? Closest to island connecting point of UBB network with national railway network in Germany is the station in Züssow, a town located on the mainland, 18 kilometers from Wolgast. In this place there are, among others, DB Regio trains going to Berlin and Stralsund. Getting with a change to Berlin is therefore possible. What’s more, the connections are communicated with each other – the UBB train came to the station earlier and then waited for passengers coming by DB trains from both directions of traffic. Currently, however, more than half of the UBB trains travel from Świnoujście to Stralsund in the season, while the others finish much earlier, mostly in Wolgast, so now important is only connection to Berlin. Is this timetable synchronization also similar on island section of track to Peenemünde? What do you think? Naturally in this case it could not be otherwise. Departures on both lines are synchronized with each other here. Train arriving from the side of Świnoujście provides the possibility of transferring to the train at the station in Zinnowitz in the direction of Peenemünde. On this route, departures take place every hour. I have not mentioned you all about the frequency on the baseline – here we also have departures every hour, but during the tourist season, schedule during the day is expanded and there are periods of day when departures take place every half hour. Did UBB trains have always ended route in Świnoujście? Railway connection between Świnoujście and rest of island existed already in the 19th century. However, during World War II, the city was bombed and railway infrastructure was partially destroyed. Restoration of connection with rest of island has also become a political problem, because under the provisions of Potsdam Agreement, Świnoujście has passed from German to Polish hands. A few years after the war, existing connection was finally demolished. An opportunity to restore connection of German part of island with Polish part was entry of Poland into European Union and so-called “opening of borders”. Immediately in this area, cross-border traffic increased, which became the driving force to extend railway line further from Ahlbeck Grenze stop. The new, nearly 1.5-kilometer section to the Świnoujście Centrum station was opened in 2008. This terminal station is located approximately 1.5 kilometers from ferries connection in city center that you have already known from other episode. In Świnoujście we will not experience a permanent train connection to other shore of Świna, but is there any permanent rail connection with the mainland on the other side of the island of Usedom? We are moving back to the 2000, when a milestone was made for a permanent rail connection with the mainland. The single-wing road-railway drawbridge in Wolgast was then opened. The crossing has its own schedule and specific lifting times, which provides water vessels with a further possibility of sailing by Peene – a strait joining Baltic Sea, among others with Zalew Szczeciński. The bridge provided the possibility of further development of railway network and extension of line to Stralsund. However, before the bridge was built, the wagons were transported by rail-ferry. A souvenir of the old days in Wolgast remained steam railway ferry Stralsund moored at the wharf. Before World War II, the ferry operated even in Świnoujście, providing transport to the other shore of Świna. One or two wagons were carried on board of the ferry that were part of the train connecting Świnoujście with Szczecin. After the war, ferry stations with a track connection were built on both banks of the strait in Wolgast. From that moment, the ferry served freight and passenger traffic. However, the 100-year-old unit in 1990 had to be withdrawn due to the deteriorating technical condition and today the museum of the city of Wolgast operates on its board. At the beginning of 21st century, UBB bought 23 low-floor, diesel GTW 2/6 traction units. Units were built by a consortium of Adtranz, Bombardier and Stadler. Inside, we meet a rather unusual arrangement of 3+2 seats, train space divided into three parts is also interesting. The center member contains motors (it is very loud there) and other parts provide passenger space with control cabins at both ends. 126 passengers will sit on seats in one unit. Inside, a toilet is naturally available, as well as space for bicycles. On most crowded sections railway is served by trains composed of two such units. When it comes to the share of a low floor along the entire length of the vehicle, it is 70%. Before the GTW units appeared on railway, UBB used light railcars of BR 771/971 series. Some of them were combustion wagons and some of them were only control wagons, which had to be connected to the diesel wagon. After delivery of new trains, in 2002 most rail buses of this type were sold to Romania. However, two wagons can still be seen at the train station in Heringsdorf. UBB on Usedom island is not only railway, but also bus transport. Its network is divided into northern region with a transfer point in Wolgast and southern part, among others providing access to railway stops and the city of Usedom (“Uzedom”). These are not frequent connections – usually during the day there are several courses on each line. What future is ahead of railway on Usedom island? The modernization of the infrastructure and the construction of a new connection with Świnoujście – the largest city on island – was surely the driving force. It was also talked about the possibility of connecting the Świnoujście with Heringsdorf airport and then following the former Ducherow – Świnoujście line. Reconstruction of route destroyed during World War II, along with the characteristic bridge raised in Karnin, would allow to shorten travel time between Berlin and Usedom from 4 to about 2 hours. The cost of the reconstruction was estimated at 147 million EUR. However, the report prepared in this case showed the unprofitability of this investment. Railway on island of Usedom is interesting because it is an example of a cross-border railway. The construction of the line and its operation on the Polish side is carried out by a foreign infrastructure manager, which is an unusual situation on the national scale. At the same time, the railway operates on the island and for many years had to bear the consequences when the wagons were crossed by ferries and there was no land connection. Today, the railway operates stably, has a modern fleet, renovated infrastructure and attractive timetable. This seems to be a fairly simple recipe for success, which can take place not only in Germany, but also in Poland, even looking at development of agglomeration rail connections. Meanwhile, thanks for your attention and see you next time. Bye!

    What’s the Fastest way to Travel in Minecraft?
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    What’s the Fastest way to Travel in Minecraft?

    January 16, 2020

    Hello, everyone. This is Mumbo. Welcome back to another Minecraft video and in this one we’re going to be asking the question: What is the fastest way to travel in Minecraft? Now everyone knows that traveling from Point A to point B is extremely boring and I want to help you guys expediate that process as much as possible. So behind me you can see we’ve got a bunch of 100 Block long strips and I’m going to be testing out all of the different modes of transportation in Minecraft to try and work out Which one is the quickest? I think it’s going to be fairly interesting so let’s crack on so for this first section I’m going to be referring to these guys as the basics that’s because of these three are the most obvious forms of transportation that you Can get in Minecraft you’ve got running then you’ve got minecart And then finally you have got horses so starting things off with running. I managed to do the entire 100 block long strip in about 17.9 seconds which sounds about right considering you run at 5.6 meters a second in Minecraft Which is really quite slow, so we’re going to be moving on from that one straight onto the Minecart I managed to do the entire strip in 12.8 seconds Which is a lot faster, but still relatively slow compared to the horses which were absolutely Insanely fast first off I spawn myself in at the McLaren of horses this thing was absolutely rapid and it covered the entire 100 blocks in just 2.5 seconds which is completely bonkers, but of course that’s very difficult to achieve in Survival Minecraft So instead I spawned in your average run-of-the-mill slightly rough around the Edges horse and that still did the entire strip in just 4.9 seconds, which is over twice as fast as a minecart and considerably faster than any of the other basics options So I’m definitely going to be going for horses when it comes to basic transportation methods Moving on from the basics. We’ve got a slightly more advanced Air [Bill’s] There’s no redstone contraptions going on just yet, but these are just one step further from the basic so first off We’ve got the compressed dice and the trapdoors then we have got the nether portals Then we’ve got ender pearls and finally we have got this thing this is for Minecraft 1.9 At the collision boxes were added back in so currently we’ve got 320 cows in this one location when the player lands on the edge of that one they get fired off into the distance and I Can promise you that one’s relatively fast? So let’s get the ball rolling with the packed ice and the trapdoors I managed to get time [off] five point eight seconds But by the end of that, I could see my little meat things going down I was beginning to get hungry which means over a slightly longer You’re probably going to have to stop in it And that could be a little bit frustrating [as] far as the nether portals are concerned in creative mode [I] managed to do it in 4.5 seconds But sadly in survival mode you have to wait for the animation to play through and that [bump] the time up to Twelve point nine Seconds which is really quite slow for this test But what I will point out is that nether portals are by far the best for longer distances it divides the distance by eight so if you combine that with another fast transportation Method then you’re going to be getting places pretty quickly for [enderpearls] I just want all [of] us to take a moment to appreciate how accurate I was with the ender pearls [I] managed to do exactly 100 blocks Landing perfectly on the finish line and you can see in the video clip my absolute amazement at this But I managed to do that entire strip in just five point four seconds Making a pretty quick method of transport if you’ve got yourself an ender ender and a good supply of ender pearls Asking to make things quite easy and finally with Minecraft 1.9. It comes the new collider launches these used to exist in Minecraft 1.3 I do believe but [then] they were removed in some of the updates, but now they’re finally back and they are so much fun I’d completely forgotten about these But you land on the edge of the block and then you just get [shot] off into the distance And I managed [to] do the entire 100 blocks in 1.2 seconds which makes it by far the fastest method of transportation so far But there are a few negatives to do with this first off You’ve got to get a lot of animals into one by one location the second thing is of course you’ve got to deal with the lag of that many animals and the third thing is you can’t build Loads of them because once again they caused quite a bit of lag So that’s something to look out for and finally for the [last] two designs that we of God’s redstone [err] aided travel so first off we have got to this ender pearl launcher which launches ender pearls up to 75 blocks Which could cause a little bit of a problem in [terms] of this hundred block long test? But we’ll get onto that in a couple seconds, but then finally we have got this now This is a good old fashioned tnt player launcher the tnt drops down it explodes Firing the player off into the distance and yes as I’m sure you can imagine it is Extremely fast the first design that we’re going to take a look at is of course at the end of Pearl launcher now I had pretty high hopes of this thing But sadly it just wasn’t to be the first time I managed to get was [8.3] seconds Which is relatively fast of course it’s firing the ender pearl 75 blocks, then you have to walk the rest of the distance But that’s not even the problem the problem was was [that] I couldn’t get it to work reliably [I] kept far in the end of [those] into the salon blocks teleport in there or occasionally the ender poles will go [straightaway] through the [salon] blocked and it took me around About ten minutes to successfully far an ender pearl which I don’t know if that’s [just] my technique but what I can say is that it’s not a method of transportation that I’m going to be using particularly often and Finally on to the last design of today’s video. We’ve got the tnt player launch and now this is by far My favorite it pushed the player 100 blocks in just one point for three seconds Which isn’t actually the fastest and of course when you take into account the tnt fusing sequence it took 5.5 seconds Which isn’t particularly quick in the grand scheme [of] [things] and of course it uses a lot of tnT But that’s why it’s good because it uses quite a lot of tnT So in conclusion if you want the fastest possible [ways] [to] travel 100 blocks then of course you use the new animal Colliders that are Going to be introduced in Minecraft 1.9 If you want the most drama then I would highly suggest using the tnt player launcher Because it uses a lot of tnt if you want the most practical Then I would probably suggest using a horse and if you want to travel extremely long distances [then] nether portals plus another fast transportation device And you will be absolutely Ready and set to [go], so I hope you enjoyed this video if you did please hit that like button And if you really loved it there make sure to subscribe, but thanks for watching guys This is ben mumbo, and I’m out. I’ll see [you] later

    The Roosevelt Island Tramway
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    The Roosevelt Island Tramway

    October 14, 2019

    Today, we’re in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, exploring the Roosevelt Island Tramway system. The Roosevelt Island Tramway runs from the Upper East Side to Roosevelt Island and back, with only two stops, the Manhattan terminus on the corner of 59th Street and 2nd Avenue, and the Roosevelt Island terminus located around the center of the island. This is the Manhattan terminus. The system has two trams, a North and South tram, but the North tram was not operating at the time due to its renovation. After leaving the Manhattan terminus, the tram ascends over 59th Street parallel to the Queensboro Bridge, over the East River, and then descends to the Roosevelt Island terminus. There are two steel cables, each over a mile long on which each tram runs. These cables are supported by three support towers. At their peak, trams ascend to 250 feet over the East River. Each cable is controlled by two giant wheels located at each terminus. The tramway opened in 1976, being the first aerial commuter tram system in the U.S. From 1976 to 1989, the Roosevelt Island Tram was the only way to enter Roosevelt Island directly from Manhattan. The system is owned and operated by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, however it uses the MetroCard as the fare system. A ride costs $2.75 and lasts about 3 minutes. The movement of each tram is autonomous, with the exception of the doors, which are operated by a single employee on each vehicle. Trams operate at a speed of 16 mph, until they reach their destination, where they drastically slow down in order to avoid contact with the terminal building. Each tram vehicle is capable of carrying up to 125 people at any given moment. The system is used by leisure riders and tourists in addition to regular commuters. After the tram slows to a crawling pace, its doors finally open, letting all its passengers out. After stopping at Roosevelt Island, the tram turns around and returns to Manhattan.

    Japan’s Maglev Train of Tomorrow: MEGAPROJECTS (Part 3)
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    Japan’s Maglev Train of Tomorrow: MEGAPROJECTS (Part 3)

    October 12, 2019

    This is the future–maglev trains. Japan’s
    all aboard! They’re spending a staggering $85 billion over the next 30 years to connect
    the island’s three largest cities: Tokyo to Nagoya to Osaka. That’s over three hundred
    miles that you’ll be able to cover in about 67 minutes by racing through the countryside
    at over 300 miles per hour. Maglev technology uses powerful magnetic charges to move rail
    cars that float several inches above a concrete guideway, rather than riding on steel wheels.
    This frictionless system allows for a smoother ride at significantly higher speeds than traditional
    high speed rail. In contrast, California’s planned high speed rail system that’ll eventually
    connect San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, will only be able to travel at top
    speeds of 220 mph, but its estimated overall cost is ten billion dollars less than the
    Japanese system and will cover a distance two and a half times as long. The Chinese
    city of Shanghai has had a short maglev line in operation since 2004, but the Japanese
    line is the world’s first intercity link to gain public approval. The project’s called
    Chuo Shinkansen – or as the Japanese refer to it, Rinia Mota Ka – and is a culmination
    of 40 years of Japanese maglev development that began with an unlikely partnership between
    Japan Airlines and Japanese National Railways. What’s really impressive about this project
    is that JR Central – the company that’s building the line – will finance the project
    without public money, thanks largely to the success of the bullet train it’s run from
    Tokyo to Osaka since the mid 1960’s. The company’s also pushing hard to construct
    a maglev line between the American capital city of Washington DC and New York, which
    would showcase the technology to the American market and the rest of the western world.
    The Japanese government has even offered to fully finance the 40 mile first leg of the
    US project from Baltimore to DC, a proposal Prime Minister Shinzo Abe directly pitched
    to President Barack Obama during a meeting last year. But critics of Maglev say the costs
    outweigh the benefits. Opponents have raised questions about the monetary cost of the project,
    its environmental impact and whether it is really needed. Tunnels will be blasted through
    some of Japan’s highest mountains to build the Chuo Shinkansen line. But regardless of
    what the critics say, something had to change. When the Maglev system is done it will help
    alleviate the overcrowding on Japan’s existing rail system and make it feasible for commuters
    into Tokyo to live further outside of the city than they can now.

    MATA Bus and Mud Island Monorail Fanning
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    MATA Bus and Mud Island Monorail Fanning

    October 11, 2019

    Out in Memphis, TN for 2 weeks Did some bus fanning with Memphis’ MATA Bus network yet vey few buses running Here is Main St which mostly has vintage streetcars running upon the 3 routes MATA runs However due to necessary car maintenance the vintage streetcars have been taken out of service For over 2 years and replaced with temporary shuttle bus service with trolley buses and 30ft Gilligs The first 2 clips are gilligs running on the 4-Walker and 2-Madison routes Here is the interior of the Mud Island Suspended Monorail connecting Downtown to Mud Island Park The ride was very shaky and very hot inside Above the tracks is a walkway bridge to the island anyone can use for free However to ride the monorail is $4 for a round trip ticket Crossing over the Mississippi River with the other car passing by Essentially its similar to the Roosevelt Island cable car in Manhattan NY Entering Mud Island River Park (Terminal Station) Thanks for watching, Please subscribe and comment