Rail Transport: Chicago Bottleneck?

This post by the noted economic historian Adam Tooze looks at the bottlenecks caused by Chicago’s rail infrastructure which is increasingly challenged by the growing and enormous volume of goods that pass through Chicago en route to other parts of the country. While his interest is not principally historical, Tooze gives several examples, with photographs,…

Call for Papers: 2018 TRB Annual Meeting

TRB is accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the 97th TRB Annual Meeting, January 7–11, 2018, in Washington, D.C., and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). For papers on Transportation History, the TRB History Committee welcomes papers on any aspect of transportation history,…

Philly’s Lincoln Drive

Lincoln Drive in Philadelphia, PA is barely over 4 miles long from south to north, but its design, alignment, and construction shed light on over two hundred years of the economic, natural, and social histories of the city. This recently published article (an entry in the online Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, produced by the Mid-Atlantic…

Rail Oriented Tokyo

There’s a new article in Transport Policy on “What led to the establishment of a rail-oriented city? Determinants of urban rail supply in Tokyo, Japan, 1950–2010,” by Ryosuke Abe and Hironori Kato (Vol. 58, August 2017, Pages 72–79). Abstract: This study analyzed the determinants of urban rail supply in Tokyo using time series data for…

The Park & Ocean Railroad

Check out the story of the Park and Ocean railroad history in San Francisco: “A railroad to Ocean Beach: How ‘the Octopus’ got its way in SF” ~Thanks to Asha W. Agrawal for this post

Delaware River Transport in the 80s

This post highlights beautiful black and white photography from the 1980s that documents some of the declining heavy industry along the Delaware River in the city of Philadelphia. The post is short on explanation because that’s not what it’s intended for. But the gorgeous images raise lots of interesting questions about the connection between marine…