Founding the NHS – Resources

Eno has posted the transcripts from Clay Committee meetings October 7 and 8, 1954. The President’s Advisory Committee (often referred to as the “Clay Committee” for its chairman, General Lucius Clay) on a National Highway Program was set up to provide President Eisenhower with a plan to finance the proposed Interstate Highway System. Go to …

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New Book: Forging the Bee Line Railroad

Arthur Andrew Olson III has written a new book - Forging the “Bee Line” Railroad, 1848–1889: The Rise and Fall of Hoosier Partisans and the Cleveland Clique John Howard Brown reviews the book for the Economic History Association. An excerpt: The author presents this convoluted history adequately, although greater organizational clarity would have been a boon. …

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Resources: Founding the Interstate Highway System

The Eno Center for Transportation has posted documents related to the Cabinet Meeting on 30 September 1955 held after President Eisenhower's heart attack. The resources include: A one-page memo dated September 26 from Cabinet Secretary Max Rabb to White House Chief of Staff Sherman Adams suggesting that a Cabinet meeting be held. A two-page agenda …

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New Paper: Historic Vehicles

"Historic vehicles: an overview from a transport policy perspective," by Araghi, Yashar, Bert Van Wee, and Maarten Kroesen, in Transport Reviews (vol. 37, no 5,, 2017), pp. 571 - 589 Abstract: "Historic vehicles (HVs) are the heritage of road transport that have surprisingly received little attention in the academic literature. This study presents an overview …

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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, …

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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, …

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