Trains in the 1930s.

Photo by: By Montana State University Libraries, "Lida Haynes with Steam Engine Train (Ca. 1930's)"
With many new ways of travel being used and introduced, trains had a lot of competition. Automobiles were a very common way of transportation in the 1930s. So trains had to compete with cars, but also airplanes, and buses. With these new forms of transportation, trains had lost numerous passengers, meaning they also lost money. As the economy was going through the great depression, people tried to find ways to put trains back into daily lives. The Burlington Zephyr was one of these ways, it was a low cost steam line train to use that was comfortable as well. The steam line trains were a great way for transportation and many other companies started to make them as well. These steam line trains were much lighter then the pervious trains which caused them to be more expensive to operate with the amount off passengers they would normally carry. With the poor economy, train stations were not permitted to raise their prices, they had to be kept the same.

Photo by geocam20000/George Campbell. "1981-07-xx high bridge, njt observation car 2"
A very popular and used train in New Jersey was The Blue Comet, this train brought passengers from New Jersey to Atlantic City. It was a fast way of transportation and also had the first "coach" seating where people could enjoy other luxuries. These trains luxuries could contain air conditioning, smoother rides and more comfortable seating. They also were the first to combine railroad and bus connections, making traveling a bit easier for their passengers. It had seats that passengers would be given on their ticket so there were no arguments about seating. It was the first train to do these things. These new things brought more money, and passengers back to the trains, and because the trains were fairly cheap to use, many hobos would use them to move around in search for jobs. Many teens as well used them in search of work, they would run away from home in search of a job elsewhere. The changes that were made on trains in the 1930's are still in use today. Trains in the 1930s largely impacted peoples daily lives then and still do toady. Though we may not use them in our daily lives many passengers board trains daily and the changes made on trains in the 1930s are still impacting us today.

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