Sykesville Tavern, 1857

This great image in the collections of the Maryland Historical Society captures an early 19th century tavern in Sykesville, Maryland. Not all collections are available for research on MHS’s website, and their photo offerings are Baltimore-centric, but it was great … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Redux

Better known as the PATH, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad began shuttling passengers through its cast iron tunnels between Manhattan and points in New Jersey in 1908. My travels have been constrained in the last couple of months due to … Continue reading

Christmas Dinner on the Rails

Christmas generally takes us to Maryland. While the Amtrak train I take travels over the Pennsylvania Railroad into Baltimore’s Penn Station, here’s a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Royal Blue Line menu from Christmas Day, 1900. The selections are fun and … Continue reading

Transportation Tuesday: Jim Crow Era Rail Car at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Recently, the National Museum of African American History installed two of its first objects, though walls are scant and the roof does not yet exist. A 77-ton rail car built in 1918 and used by the Southern Railway was installed … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: San Francisco’s Market Street Railway New Owner of Weirdest Streetcar

I love San Francisco: especially their historic Market Street Railway which runs historic cars from all the cities that have trashed their streetcar lines – never questioning myself what to do there. You see PCCs from Boston and Peter Witts … Continue reading

Transportation Tuesday: Winterthur’s Train Station

You had to know that the DuPonts would have had their own train station for their 2400-acre estate outside of Wilmington, DE. I’m living at Winterthur for the month while participating in a preventive conservation exchange and researching how 18th … Continue reading

Transportation Tuesday: Move Madison Square Garden NOW

If you enter Penn Station through the Long Island Rail Road entrance, you’ll see reliefs along the corridor that depict the tumbling Corinthian columns of McKim, Mead, and White’s Pennsylvania Station (1910). If you’d like to grumble along with me, … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Grand Central Terminal!

For as much as I grumble about Penn Station, today’s message is one of celebration – for Grand Central Terminal, which turns 100 today. A survivor of urban renewal and a witness to the withering of rail and the birth … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: How do you get to Annapolis without a car?

I was peeved. During my Christmas break in Maryland, a winter storm blew in on the day I’d picked to spend some time at the state archives in Annapolis. My plan had been to look at criminal cases involving runaway … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: Montreal

I spent a day in Montreal, QC last week. I had forgotten how cold it can be up north.  I quickly relearned that northerners find ways to snake through buildings and basements to get from point to point. Here are … Continue reading