While some of these modes of travel have not yet come to pass, we have to admit they are all pretty unique.
10.A doomed ocean liner that is scheduled to make a comeback
A replica of the legendary ocean liner Titanic is scheduled to set sail in 2018.
Australian mining billionaire/professor Clive Palmer and his Blue Star Line Company held a press conference in New York City to reveal the blueprints for Titanic II in 2013. Palmer claims the replica ship will make its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York (following the same path as the original), carrying 2,600 passengers in 850 cabins and yes, there will be a enough lifeboats for all this time around – if he can get the project off the ground. As of March 2014, it was reported that the project had stalled and that Chinese shipbuilders CSC Jinling had lost interest. So far, no contract had been signed. However, Palmer insists the keel will be laid in late 2014, and a selection of cabins were being constructed on land for approval which would also be completed in the same timeframe. It has been rumored that wealthy travelers have offered up to $1 million each for a berth on board the Titanic II's for its inaugural journey. One can't help but wonder if lightening – or an iceberg – will strike twice.
9.The funicular that is known as the "shortest railway in the world"
Angels Flight, located in downtown Los Angeles, is the self-proclaimed "world's shortest railway." While the 315-foot trip lasts a mere thirty seconds, it is believed that Angels Flight has carried more passengers per mile than any other railway in the world, making it not only the shortest in length, but also the most traveled.
Built in 1901, the funicular ferried millions of Angelenos up and down Bunker Hill until it was dismantled in 1969 to make way for commercialization of the area. In 1996, the line reopened a half a block south of the original site, but was closed in 2001 when a serious accident killed one passenger and seriously injured a few others. The National Transportation Safety Board deemed a "design failure" as the cause, and the line remained closed for the next 9 years while repairs were made and lawsuits were settled. The line reopened again until 2013, when a derailment occurred. While there were no injuries this time, the NTSB want to see the creation of a track-adjacent walkway for use in future evacuations. They also want to see the installation of end-gates on the rail cars that are tall enough to prevent a passenger from being ejected in the event of a sudden stop. While the issues regarding Angels Flight are currently being addressed, there is no timetable as to when the tiny railway will reopen, but rest assured, this valuable piece of LA history will roll again.
这条缆索建于1901年，运送了数百万的洛杉矶人往返于邦克山。直到1969年，邦克山由于被划为商业化区域，有一部分铁路被拆除。1996年，这条线路终于开放了原来的南边部分，但是在2001年又由于发生严重事故造成一名乘客死亡，几人重伤而被迫关闭。美国国家运输安全委员会认为这起事故的发生是由于“设计失败”, 最后是通过诉讼解决这起事故，并且承诺在未来的9年中将会关闭此段路线并进行修缮。直到2013年这条线路重新开放，可是又发生了脱轨事件。虽然这次事故没有人员伤亡，但是NTSB （美国国家运输安全委员会）认为需要采取措施，建立一个邻街轨道来用于未来发生事故时的人群疏散。他们同时也认为火车后面的挡板需要足够高，避免乘客由于列车突然停止而摔出。虽然目前天使飞行的问题还在解决中，关于这条铁路将会在什么时候重新开放并没有任何说法，但是人们坚信，如此珍贵神奇的铁路将会在未来的某一天重新开放。
8.The rail service that encourages writers to ride for free
That's right, Amtrak is offering several lucky riders free, long-distance train trips to work on their writing while they ride.
For up and coming scribes, the rail service will throw in a “private sleeping roomette equipped with a desk, a bed, and a window to watch the American countryside roll by for inspiration" on one of the company's fifteen long-distance routes.In 2014, Amtrak received over 16,000 applicants for its writers residency. Of that 16,000, 115 semi-finalists were selected, and 24 will be awarded the chance to ride the rails and find creative inspiration in 2015.
7.The airship that could revolutionize flight
Until the Hindenburg tragedy of 1937, zeppelins were considered the future of air transport. They all but disappeared for the next 75 years, but are now poised to make a comeback – enter The Aeroscraft.
The Aeroscraft, designed by Worldwide Aeros Corp thanks to a $3 million grant from the U.S. government, is currently undergoing testing, and will be available to customers in mid-2015, when airships will be rented out for a year at a time.The Aeroscraft was built using innovative technology which allows it to control its flight better than previous models, so it should avoid the problems experienced by the first generation of zeppelins. It can take off and land without use of a formal airstrip (that means vertically, folks) and uses about third as much fuel as an airplane carrying cargo, making it well suited to war zones and disaster areas.
6.The "hippy" bus that offers a sense of community to its passengers
For 30 years, the San Francisco-based "hippy bus" line the Green Tortoise has ferried for more than 15,000 riders a year to Yosemite, Alaska, the Yucatán, Baja, New York, the national parks of the West, Seattle and New Orleans on the cheap.
The buses are customized so that passengers can lounge around informally or sleep on bunk beds while the bus is moving. Most travel is done at night so that a new destination can be experienced during daylight hours. Riders not only sleep in the same space, but often cook together, making the Tortoise more communal and social than its conservative competition, Greyhound Bus Lines. Riders give up privacy, personal space and occasionally even showers for a sense of community, and develop long term friendships over the journey that they feel are worth the sacrifice.