Train of Tomorrow

“Over 100 miles per hour!”

The national 55 mph speed limit of the 70s wasn’t the first time the Feds foisted a speed limit disaster on the nation. In 1949 the Interstate Commerce Commission imposed a 79 mph speed limit on trains. The new speed limit doomed passenger train travel which was already struggling due to competition from airplanes and automobiles.

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Train of Tomorrow — 2 Comments

  1. You mean that the government regulated something resulting in the death of an industry. Unpossible I say! The government could never do that!!!

    Oh wait… That’s merely another data point in a long “train” of abuses… pun intended.

  2. Good video of the ‘old’ days… And that speed limit is the reason we can’t have high speed trains today. The roadbed is not good enough!