Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The New Boston Subway for Trolley Cars (1897)

Enough paper! OK, a paper presentation of trolley cars. SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN for September 18, 1897, with a cover feature on Boston:

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I've been there! Not at that time; I'm not nearly that old, though after an afternoon spent digging up a lawn I'm pretty close to feeling that old. From the MagazineArt.org section of covers from SCIAM, this is the one.

A thousand more SCIAM covers for your delectation. Enjoy!


  1. isn't it nice to visit a place where it has been a part of the past.. a past that means years....

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    With nearly a third of Bostonians using public transit for their commute to work, Boston has the fourth-highest rate of public transit usage in the country. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates what was the first underground rapid transit system in the United States and is the fourth busiest rapid transit system in the country, having been expanded to 65.5 miles (105 km) of track,[190] reaching as far north as Malden, as far south as Braintree, and as far west as Newton—collectively known as the "T". The MBTA also operates the nation's seventh busiest bus network, as well as water shuttles, and the nation's busiest commuter rail network outside of New York City or Chicago, totaling over 200 miles (320 km), extending north to the Merrimack Valley, west to Worcester, and south to Providence and North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
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