La vita è un treno
Abandoned train lines
A four-part web series that takes the viewer on a tour of abandoned train lines that cross Italy, from Calabria to the Langhe area, from the Tyrrhenian coast to the Adriatic. Following the rusted railways and deserted stations, the stories highlight the dire consequences of shutting down smaller train lines in favour of long-distance, rapid ones: the loss of a rich heritage, waste of money and resources --- with a rise in road transportation (and pollution) and hardship for travelers --- and for by-passed towns, now forced into anonymity, the destruction of their lifelines into urban areas.
GARE DU NORD - Un voyage en ligne
More than half a million people pass through Europe's largest railway station, the Gare du Nord, every day, practically round the clock. This on-line journey documents the rich microcosm suspended in that instant before or after the arrivals and departures of trains, the metro and the RER commuter line.
Everyone, from shopkeepers to commuters to late-night party-goers, has a story to tell. The internaut also has the opportunity to tell his or her own Gare du Nord experience through Instagram or by e-mail; all contributions can be found on tumblr. Don't miss your train. [hj-eb]