TOC of Special Issue The Journal of Transport History with contributions from BHC members

From the editorial, by Prof James Cohen;

[…] Five authors write for this Issue on the following topics (listed in terms of substantive commonality):
- Albert Churella, one of America
s pre-eminent rail historians, presents a political history of Section 2 of the 1965 Actthe NEC Projectout of which came Metroliners.
- David Reinecke, sociologist and historian, analyzes development of Metroliners in terms of distinctly American approaches to innovation and demonstration projects.
- Jonathan Feldman, specialist in political economy and business history, explains why the Budd Company failed to capitalize on its position as prime contractor for developing Metroliners and establish itself as an American manufacturer of high- speed railcars.
- Jonathan English, Urban Planner, discusses the political, organizational, and technical problems attendant to the 1970s NEC Improvement Project (hereafter, NECIP), and compares that project with France
s Paris-Lyon very high-speed rail line.
- James Cohen (hereafter,
this author), social scientist and historian, writes the first-ever detailed history of the origins and implementation of Section 1 of the HSGT Act. Section 1 programs supported Research and Development on radically unconventional systems that prefigure contemporary futuristic projects, such as magnetically levitated trains (hereafter, maglev) and hyperloop tube transport.




[open access] Contributions to the post-World War II History of High-Speed Ground
Transport in the United States by James Cohen


Private agendas and the public good: The contested development of high-speed passenger rail transport in the United States by Albert J. Churella

Moonshots to Nowhere? The Metroliner and Failed High-Speed Rail in the United States, 1962–1977 by David Reinecke

High-speed rail and barriers to innovation: The Budd Company and the limits of US indirect industrial policy in the 1960s and 1970s by Jonathan Michael Feldman

Development of a futuristic technology programme: How the aerospace industry (almost) transformed ground transportation in the United States (1960–1972) by James K Cohen

Getting Off Track: the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project in an
International Context by Jonathan English


Negotiating Mobility: Royal Dockyard Workers as Railway Excursion Agents and Social Entrepreneurs, 1880–1918 by Melanie Bassett