Residents of northern New England can hardly be blamed for thinking that railroads are a thing of the past and no longer relevant. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Railroads are hauling more freight today than during their so-called “glory days” in the 1920’s. They havebecome so successful that investors like Bill Gates have invested literally billions of dollars in companies like the Canadian National. Indeed, Warren Buffett liked the BNSF railway so much that he bought it lock, stock and barrel for thirty billion dollars. Even passenger rail, while not profitable, is making something of a comeback as our roads and airways become more congested.
This two-session course will consist of four Power Point presentations about the rise of the railroads, their role in creating White River Junction, VT, their role in unifying Canada, and their role today.
While no readings will be required, some supplemental materials may be supplied for those who want to study railroads beyond the scope provided by the Power Point projections.
I always enjoy opportunities to discuss this important, but often ignored, industry with others so I’m looking forward to leading this class.
CHUCK BOHI, a retired high school teacher, has photographed railroads since 1961. This passion led to becoming a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Edmonton and a “visiting scholar” at Brandon (Manitoba) University, where he delivered lectures on western Canadian railroads. He has also taught courses on Railroading for the ILEAD Program at Dartmouth. In addition, Bohi is authoror co-author of four books and numerous articles on railway subjects, gives presentations to groups interested in railroads and has been a member of the Transportation Committee of the Vermont House of Representatives.