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Trip: Aaron dragged me on GATRA

So, my friend Aaron, aka aquaticpotato3677, happens to be a bus nerd, specifically the kind of person who likes exotic services. So, on the 12th of August, he decided to drag me to spend a day on GATRA, a rural bus operator on southern Massachusetts. The goal: ride every one of GATRA’s “Go” services, which […]

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Special: New York Museum of Transportation

Prologue Recently I was passing by the New York Museum of Transportation, and since our current policy on museums is “only if you visited”, because they’re often poorly documented online (which is not the case here), it was barely a question that I should make a visit. Unfortunately, my visit was fairly short. I needed […]

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South Shore Line: The Interurban That Refused to Die

Prologue The South Shore Line is a electric railroad that runs a single service from Downtown Chicago through northwest Indiana, serving highly industrialized areas, and eventually cornfields and sand dunes, as it approaches its terminus in South Bend. Its unique characteristics often give it the nickname “America’s Last Interurban” among railfans. Overview The system is […]

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Norristown High Speed Line: Proudly Unconventional

Prologue Our next stop brings us back to Philadelphia and the Norristown High Speed Line, one of the most unique lines that qualify to be written about on this blog, which mixes multiple modes together in a special way and was one of the highest quality interurbans of the 1900s. The line still exists today, […]

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Bonus Reviews

Bonus: Inclines of Pittsburgh

Prologue Sorry for not getting to this earlier, this is hopefully going to be a quick review of two of Pittsburgh‘s (relatively) unique elements of transport: Overview I’d like to share this inspiring, emotional quotation that will tell you everything: “It’s Pittsburgh[,] [e]verything is blocked by a hill[.]” – Daria Phoebe So… as you can […]

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Pittsburgh Light Rail: Functional and Unconventional

Prologue Pittsburgh’s light rail may look like a classic 80’s system from afar, especially with its core subway and extensive utilization of railroad right of way, but it is in fact a transformed first gen system, and contains a rich and varied history. With lots of bridges and tunnels, light rail vehicles faithfully serve the […]

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SEPTA 101 and 102: Quaint and Suburban

Prologue Philadelphia, the city of American freedom and independence, tourists randomly being attracted to a broken bell (the city hall is arguably cooler), the city that embarrassingly gets left out when listing major northeast US cities when it is probably bigger than Boston, has a robust transportation network famous for trackless trolleys trolleybuses, and its […]

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Special: Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

Prologue Why? What’s wrong with you? Why are you reviewing a cable car?!?!? In the “mission statement”, I said that I’ll review everything that’s mechanically or linguistically a tram, and yes, that includes aerial trams, as those are trams for some reason. So, the next time you build a cable car (or any kind of […]

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Cleveland Blue and Green Lines: Unexpectedly Unique

Prologue So… first review outside the northeast! 🥳 Anyway, as part of our tour of first-gen systems in North America, we will turn to Cleveland next. Frankly, Cleveland has a fairly unusual system in that it does not derive from the city’s streetcar system, but rather from a unique semi-interurban operation. Overview At 29 kilometers, […]

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Newark City Subway: The One You Forget About

Prologue The Newark City Subway… do you mean the New York City Subway? Well, no, and it’s not a tram, so why would I be reviewing it? Anyway, when listing the “famous 9” systems in North America, you always forget about either Pittsburgh, Cleveland, or Newark. And it’s a bit hard to imagine Newark, an […]