World’s longest passenger train enters record books – The Irish Times


Picture of the week: rail record

You know how it is: you wait for a train for hours and then 25 arrive suddenly.

Introducing the 1,910m, 2,900 tonne mega-train, made up of 25 separate four-car Capricorn electric trains or 100 cars in total, which this week set the record for the world’s longest passenger train by making a trip of 25 km along the Swiss Albula line.

It was quite an effort by the Swiss operator of the Rhaetian Railway to celebrate its 175th anniversary and raise awareness after the pandemic that this is a beautiful part of the world – the railway blessed by the viaduct , a feat of Swiss engineering completed in 1904, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Some seven drivers and 21 technicians were needed to keep it running safely, and even then there were only 150 passengers allowed on board, making the odds of having a car to yourself extremely high.

The winding alpine journey, watched by spectators along the route, broke a record previously set by Belgium’s national rail operator in 1991. It’s up to you, Iarnród Éireann.

In numbers: swipe right


Percentage gain in share price for Tinder and Hinge’s parent company Match Group on Tuesday as its quarterly earnings beat expectations – a welcome boost after a torrid year.

$810 million

Revenue guaranteed by the dating app group in the three months to the end of September, up 1% year-over-year. Well, you have to start somewhere.

11.1 million

Paid Tinder users, up 7%. But the app, which is in the market for a chief executive, is among those that could be exposed to the expected drop in discretionary spending.

Getting to know Amber de Botton

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has a new communications director: Amber de Botton, ITV News’ UK news manager.

De Botton will take the increasingly well-worn route from journalism to politics, leaving what ITV political editor Robert Peston called “a huge hole” at ITV News, in the hope that the move will go a long way. little better than that of his former colleague Allegra Stratton, who left ITV and journalism in 2018 for various government communications roles. Alas, for her, it ended in newsworthy tears in December 2021 after she was seen laughing during a mock press conference about Boris Johnson’s Partygate scandal in a video leaked to… ITVNews.

Sunak, who was fined by the police for her role as an extra on Partygate, clearly didn’t take De Botton’s press office role against her. During that time, she’ll presumably yearn to follow that old, oft-ignored spin doctor mantra: never become history.

The list: Musk’s Twitter reign so far

Undoubtedly beginning with intent to continue, Elon Musk’s first full week of Twitter ownership has been eventful. Here are some of the things he did.

1 Dismissal of persons: The world’s richest man began his reign by firing chief executive Parag Agrawal and other senior executives, later disbanding the board to become Twitter’s sole director, then sacking large swaths of his staff. effective Friday.

2 Do not guarantee advertisers: Shortly before the deal was struck, Musk released an open letter to advertisers saying that Twitter aspired to be the most respected advertising platform in the world and would not become a “free-for-all hellscape.” The company’s advertising sales manager resigned the following day.

3 Obsessed Blue-tick: After a bizarre attempt to use author Stephen King as a one-man focus group, Musk says he plans to charge $8 a month (internationally adjusted for purchasing power parity) to users in exchange for various platform privileges via Twitter’s blue tick (which is actually white). But it’s unclear whether these will include the tick’s original function: identity verification.

4 Spread of conspiracy theories: In a response to Hillary Clinton, Elon Musk shared a baseless conspiracy theory about the attack on Paul Pelosi. He later deleted the tweet – but is unlikely to have helped his cause, with advertisers quickly abandoning the platform.

5 Tweeting: Just a constant tweet. “Twitter speaks to the inner masochist in all of us,” read one that rang truer than average.


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