Happy 150th Belated Birthday London Tube!

I never was any good at remembering birthdays. Yesterday was the London Underground’s 150th birthday. That’s right – the Tube began services on January 9, 1863 with a 3.5 mile steam-powered journey between Paddington and Farringdon. Read more about the … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: BeyondDC

Planning, history, transit, historic preservation, mixed-use. It’s in nice combination on J. Daniel Malouff’s blog, BeyondDC.  Mr. Malouff is an urban planner who works for the Arlington County Department of Transportation. A quick sampling of his blog yields new renderings for … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: Sandy’s Impact on NYC Subways

While I worked the night of the hurricane, I had it pretty easy. Listening to coverage of the storm, it was clear that the picture outside was much more grim. To hear that all seven subway tunnels were inundated by storm surge … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: The Johnstown Inclined Plane

People generally know one thing about Johnstown, PA: the flood. The Johnstown Flood National Memorial is located on the rim of the former recreational lake that burst on May 31, 1899 and spilled 20 million tons of water into the town … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: City Hall Station

On the top of my list of cool things to do in New York City: visit City Hall Station, the abandoned star of the New York city subway system. Opened in 1904, the one way loop station’s design and close … Continue reading

Museum Monday: The London Transport Museum

Transit Tuesday is moving on in on Museum Monday. If I didn’t live in New York City, I would live in London. It feels like home. And for fans of transit, the London Transport Museum is an excellent time. In … Continue reading

Wanderlust Wednesday: The Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania

Beer. Mmmm. Recently, my friend Ms McC and I travelled to Maryland for a eighteenth century event at Fort Frederick State Park (see my posts on nearby Hagerstown and the CCC Museum at Fort Fred). Being like-minded in our love … Continue reading

New York Diaries Redux

I really enjoyed the selection and arrangement of diary excerpts in New York Diaries: 1609-2009 (Modern Library, 2012). Read my post on the book here. I particularly like how the segments capture the environment of New York depending on the period: … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: More Griping about Penn Station

There is one redeeming thing about the current New York Penn Station – it’s Penn Sushi. They have great inari sushi. I always stop in to see the very friendly staff and pick up sushi whenever I travel by train. … Continue reading