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Boston Subway
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Roads & RailsEra: 1910-1919DateCreated: 1897BostonState: MACountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/Boston-Subway/

By the 1890s, the transportation infrastructure of downtown Boston - a maze of narrow, winding streets laid out, in some cases, along Colonial cow paths - proved completely inadequate for the needs of a modern, bustling metropolis. Tremont Street, the city's main thoroughfare, was regularly subject to gridlock from a convergence of foot traffic, horse-drawn conveyances, trolley lines, and electric streetcars. To rectify the problem, the Boston Transit Commission, with Howard A. Carson as chief engineer, was created in 1894 to study remedies. 

YearAdded:
1978
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Kan Wu (CC BY 2.0)Image Caption: Prudential Station of the Boston SubwayEra_date_from: 1897
AC Electrification of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (DUPE: IEEE+ASME)
Society: IEEEMain Category: ElectricalSub Category: Power, Energy & Industry ApplicationEra: 1900-1909DateCreated: 1907New York to New Haven to BostonCos CobState: CTCountry: USAWebsite: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:Alternating-Current_Electrification_of_the_New_York,_New_Haven_%26_Hartford_Railroad,_1907Creator: New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad , Westinghouse Electric

This was a pioneering venture in mainline railroad electrification. It established single-phase alternating current as a technical and economical alternative to direct current. This concept exerted considerable influence over subsequent systems both in the United States and abroad. The major components of the system were developed by the engineering staffs of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company of East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

YearAdded:
1982
Image Credit: Courtesy of the New York Public Library.Image Caption: Alternating-Current Electrification of the New York, New Haven & Hartford RailroadEra_date_from: 1907
Norfolk & Western #611, Class J Steam Locomotive
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: Rail TransportationEra: 1940-1949DateCreated: 1941Virginia Museum of TransportationRoanokeState: VAZip: 24016Country: USAWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-m-z/rail-transportation---1/-94-norfolk---western--611,-class-j-steam-locomoti, http://files.asme.org/ASMEORG/Communities/History/Landmarks/5609.pdfCreator: Norfolk & Western

Developed for use in both the plains and mountains, this coal-fired passenger locomotive was among the most advanced in design, construction, and performance of any 4-8-4. Designed by Norfolk & Western engineers and built in the Norfolk & Western Roanoke shops, the 611 was specially balanced to minimize rail damage at high speeds. No. 611, eleventh of fourteen constructed and the last survivor, was retired from service and donated to the Roanoke Transportation Museum in 1959.

YearAdded:
1984
Image Credit: Public Domain (National Park Service)Image Caption: Norfolk & Western #611, Class J Steam LocomotiveEra_date_from: 1941
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