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The Trocadéro, site of the Palais de Chaillot, Paris, France

December 6th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Trocadéro, site of the Palais de Chaillot, is an area of Paris, in the 16th arrondissement, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. The hill of the Trocadéro is the hill of Chaillot, a former village.

In the Battle of Trocadero, the fortified position on the Bay of Cádiz in the south of Spain was captured on August 31, 1823, by French forces led by the Duc d'Angoulême, son of the future king Charles X. The goal was to intervene against the liberal Spanish who were rebelling against the autocracy of Ferdinand VII. Trocadero restored the autocratic Spanish Bourbon Ferdinand to the throne of Spain, in an action that defined the Restoration. The name trocadero comes from the term referring to an emporium or place of trade.

The event was considered worthy of commemoration in Paris: the name place du Trocadéro was given in 1877 (though the name had been associated with the area since 1823) to a square formerly known as the place du Roi de Rome (i.e., Place of the King of Rome), the renaming being an example of discarding a reference to a defeated regime. Today that square is officially named place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, though it is usually simply called the place du Trocadéro.

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Irkutsk Passenger Railway Station, Russia

September 3rd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Important roads and railways like the Trans-Siberian Railway connect Irkutsk to other regions in Russia and Mongolia.

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Railway crossroad, Czachówek, Poland

June 23rd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The place is located at the village Czachówek near Piaseczno. One line runs at a height of 5m over a second line.

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Ramses Railway Station, Cairo, Egypt

April 27th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Ramses Railway Station (Mahattat Ramses) is the main railway station of Cairo, Egypt and faces Ramses Square (Midan Ramses). The name is derived from the Ancient Egyptian pharaohs, Ramses II whose statue was erected by Nasser on the square in 1955. Ramses Square had been formerly called Bab Al-Hadid Square, and Ramses Station used to be called Misr Station.

The original railway station was built as the terminal of the first raillink from Alexandria to Cairo in 1856. The current building was erected in 1892 and upgraded in 1955.

The statue of Ramses II was relocated to near the Giza Plateau on August 25, 2006.

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Big hump yard, Munich, Germany

January 28th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Big hump yard in Munich, Germany.

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Main railway station, Poznan, Poland

December 23rd, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Main railway station in Poznan, Poland.

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Railway station in Przeworsk, Poland

October 21st, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Railway station in Przeworsk, Poland

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Zig Zag Railway, Lithgow, Australia

August 6th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Zig Zag Railway, bottom points the yards and storage sheds for the steam engines of the zig zag railway.

The Zig Zag Railway is a heritage railway at Lithgow in New South Wales, Australia on the site of the famous Great or Lithgow Zig Zag which operated between 1870 and 1910. As built, the line formed part of the main line railway westward from Sydney across the Blue Mountains and served to lower the line from its summit into the Lithgow valley on the western flank of the mountains.

The original plan, by the newly-appointed Engineer-in-Charge, John Whitton, had been to build a 3km tunnel, but this was beyond the resources of the state of New South Wales at the time. The zig zag alternative still required several short tunnels and some viaducts.

On the eastern side of the range, the first Blue Mountains Zig Zag (known as the Lapstone Zig Zag) opened near Glenbrook in 1867. It ascended Lapstone Hill on a gradient of 1:30 to 1:33 (~ 3 - 3.3%), which contoured up the side of the range with comparatively light earthwork.

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