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Rail - Passenger Train - Diesel - Transition Era
Name Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Transition Era
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Passenger Train
SubType Diesel
Variety Transition Era
Manufacturer Various (Details)
Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



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History: The transition era (1939 - 1957) was the heyday for passenger rail. The industrial boom triggered by the second world war created tremendous capacity for production which was no longer needed for war production. The North American factories turned to consumer goods and services and the rail system was a major recipient of this ouput.

The interstate highways system as we know it now was still a thing of the future and long distance travel by highway was simply not practical and aircraft travel was still a luxury for the well-to-do. People traveled the country by rail and there was a huge variety of railroads and services available to the traveler. Innovation was constant, and the materials and machinery employed by the railroads was evolving as fast as the engineers could think of new things to entice the fickle consumer to ride a particular route or particular service.

This all came to an end when the automobile and airplane replaced the passenger train as the preferred vehicles of transportation in the 1960s.

Railroad/Company: This set of items is comprised of more than one name. Please look at the component items for details on the specific roadnames and/or manufacturers.


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Item created by: gdm on 2018-06-06 11:23:04. Last edited by gdm on 2018-06-08 11:53:59

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