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Travel by Rail. Standard 3 Objective 2. Train HISTORY. Fred Harvey contributed to the railroads by setting up at each stop Harvey Houses to provide fresh food, and clean linens to passengers on the trains

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Travel by rail

Travel by Rail

Standard 3 Objective 2


Train history
Train HISTORY

  • Fred Harvey contributed to the railroads by setting up at each stop Harvey Houses to provide fresh food, and clean linens to passengers on the trains

  • Railway standard time was put into effect by William F. Allen. Railroads invented our modern ideas of time.


Pullman car
Pullman Car

  • Individual sleeping compartments partitioned by heavy green curtains

  • 2 seats facing each other for sitting

  • Seats fold down into a bed

  • President Abraham Lincoln made his final ride in a Pullman Car


Train info
Train Info

  • The invention of the Gasoline Engine contributed to the demise of train travel

  • Amtrak was formed by the federal government in 1970 to take over passenger services from the railroads

  • Amtrak’s Official Name – The National Railroad Passenger Corporation

  • The two types of passenger service is:

    • Commuter Trains

    • Intercity Trains


Benefits of riding a train
Benefits of Riding a Train

  • Scenery

  • Alternative for those afraid to fly

  • Convenient center-city stations

  • Space for self & possessions

  • Freedom of movement

  • Fewer weather delays

  • Lower costs for unreserved day coach verses air travel


Train traffic in the us
Train Traffic IN THE US

  • Less than 1% of long distance passenger traffic ride the rails

  • Northeast Corridor - Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C.

  • Acela Express – Boston to Washington D.C. – 6 ½ hours

  • Metroliner – Washington D.C. to New York City – 3 hours


International trains
International Trains

  • Canada’s Passenger Train

    – VIA Rail Canada

  • Europe’s Rails

    • InterCity (ICE)  EuroCity

  • Nostalgic Trains – Trains that operate on scenic routes using restored equipment with deluxe amenities and offering top-flight service


International trains1
International Trains

  • TGV – 186 mph

  • Eurailpass good for 17 countries

  • Japan is known for its bullet trains

  • Maglev trains operate by magnetic levitation


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