Uncategorized24 Jun 2013 12:00 am

The Fascinating History Of The Historic San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

The Amazing Story And Evolution of The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System offers light rail, bus and freight transportation throughout the beautiful city of San Diego, California. In addition, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System provides rail service for over eighty-eight million passenger trips every year. That means the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System makes over a quarter of a (more…)

Uncategorized15 Jun 2013 12:00 am

On Directtv, you can find programs on just about anything including the decline of our railways. Train travel in the U.S. has declined over the last few decades. Compared to many other developed countries in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, trains are not considered a priority in the U.S. One reason for this is Americans’ attachment to cars. The fact that the country is quite large and spread out makes it tempting to take planes for long trips.

While subways and commuter trains are still fairly popular, train travel is not favored that much for longer journeys. There are exceptions to this, of course. Amtrak still offers cross country train trips. Many of the passengers on these trains are tourists and retirees who have time to travel.

There are also concerns about the overall state of trains and tracks in the U.S. While many other countries are developing high speed rail, this is still something that is discussed but seldom implemented in the states. Part of this is due to the high cost of such projects. Yet it’s also because many Americans don’t think about railroads as the best way to travel.

As energy costs soar, there may soon be more demand for quality train travel. Even now, some trains routes are being revitalized. Whether it’s for commuting short distances or covering hundreds of miles, trains can be a fun and economical way to travel. There is plenty of information about trains in the U.S. online.

Uncategorized18 Apr 2013 12:00 am

San Diego has a rich but tumultuous railroad history. Since the middle of the 19th century, various railroad companies have tried without much success to lay out tracks between San Diego and other major regions of the United States. There was heavy competition and no real progress was made to link southern California with other cities in the western part of the United States. Companies such as California Southern Railroad, Santa Fe Railway, Southern Pacific Railroad, San Bernardino and San Diego Railway, San Diego and Arizona Railway had a relatively short lived history (more…)

Uncategorized25 Jun 2012 12:00 am

In beautiful San Diego, California, kids of all ages can explore some of the trains of yesterday! The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum encompasses the Campo Depot, as well as the La Mesa Depot.

The Campo Depot offers special rides and activities on certain dates. Imagine being the train engineer for an hour! A certified locomotive engineer will tutor you, and turn over the throttle for a thrilling opportunity to operate the train during the, Run a Locomotive Day event. Tickets for the Father’s Day barbecue and Golden State ride are also available (more…)

Uncategorized21 Nov 2011 12:00 am

Railroads have a special place in the history of San Diego; The California Southern railway was organized in 1880. From 1880 to 1891 the California Southern ran from National City down through San Bernardino. In 1887 the Central California began running, it ran from Santa Fe to Escondido and in 1888 the Santa Fe began running a line through Ocean Side to Orange County which provided a link between Los Angeles and San Diego. It is still used today to connect (more…)

Uncategorized17 Nov 2011 12:00 am

While for many people, the terms “Streetcar” and “Railcar” conjure pleasant images of a quaint history filled with men in top-hats and women in hoop-skirts, for residents of San Diego, these words mean so much more. Streetcars are very much alive in San Diego, and are a moving piece of history. Streetcars, or as they are more commonly called, Trolleys, still service residents of San Diego, as well as the many tourists.

While mainly a tourist attraction, Trolleys are quickly becoming a popular mode of transportation for many San Diego citizens, rather (more…)

Uncategorized14 Nov 2011 12:00 am

We’ve definitely come a long way since horse drawn streetcars… Imagine San Diego with horse-drawn streetcars now…with all the hustle and bustle of this city, there really wouldn’t be much room on the road for any other travelers. Heaven forbid your horse-drawn guide spots some hay…say hello to a detour!

Ingenuity prevailed when the double-decker streetcar came on the scene. Not only is this not horse drawn and relies on electricity instead (thank you Edison for that lovely tidbit of (more…)

Uncategorized15 Oct 2011 12:00 am

If you’re planning on heading to San Diego to check out all the railroad history we’ve got a better idea than scanning the travel channels on your TV (your husband’s watching Direct tv nfl this time of year anyway!) Check out our list of the best train sights in San Diego before you leave on your trip:
Balboa Park: It’s one of the best places in the city for kids and (more…)

Uncategorized19 Jul 2011 12:00 am

Living in American one thing everyone knows is how vital railroads have been to the expansion and evolution our great nation. With over ten millions miles of railroad tracks in the United States alone, we truly are a railroad history mecca.

Above all, there is one area that boast railroad station history like none other. The great city of San Diego is a history center for railroad stations. With over five dozen stations in Sand Diego alone (more…)

Uncategorized17 Jul 2011 12:00 am

The San Diego and Arizona Railway is an American railroad founded by John D. Spreckels. Due to the incredibly difficult tactical and logistical architectural challenges involved, the railroad was consequently nicknamed “The Impossible Railroad”. The construction of the railroad was not particularly accepted by everyone, even nature. Construction of the railroad saw attacks from Mexican revolutionaries on construction crews and floods washed out several rail lines. The 148 mile long railroad was constructed in order to provide a direct link to the Southern Pacific Railroad. The railway was eventually sold by (more…)

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