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Train Minute #3: Marilyn Kelly of Lee, Massachusetts Talks about Riding the Berkshire Line

Train Minute #3: Marilyn Kelly, a lifetime resident of Lee, Massachusetts, talks about riding the Berkshire Line to New York City to see a show, and how she and her girlfriends could be home in Lee by 11pm. We're working to bring passenger rail back to the Berkshires! Train Minutes come from the Train Campaign, [...]

By |2019-07-29T20:11:48+00:00July 29th, 2019|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Train Minute #2: Frederick Douglass Rides the East-West Train in Massachusetts

While it's well known that African American intellectual and civil rights leader W. E. B. Du Bois came from Great Barrington in western Massachusetts, it's less well known that another great African American leader, Frederick Douglass, traveled extensively in New England. Of course he traveled by train, and experienced many examples of racial prejudice. But [...]

By |2019-07-29T18:49:38+00:00July 29th, 2019|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Train Time Podcast with Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser: Connecting the Commonwealth

Welcome to Train Time, a podcast from the Train Campaign, working to connect cities and rural areas because we’re convinced that passenger rail as the essential framework for efficient, sustainable transportation in the 21st century. Train Time is hosted by Karen Christensen, founder and president of the Train Campaign. Our guest this week is Massachusetts [...]

By |2019-12-24T09:14:23+00:00July 29th, 2019|Miscellaneous|2 Comments

Train Minute #1: Geddes Goes to the City (from Lewis Mumford’s Green Memories)

Lewis Mumford was one of the 20th century’s most famous writers on both the urban and rural experience. He and his wife Sophia lived in Amenia, New York, for many decades. This story comes from Mumford’s book, Green Memories, and takes place in the early 1930s. Train Minutes come from the Train Campaign, the rail advocacy [...]

By |2019-07-29T18:13:36+00:00July 24th, 2019|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

“Determine the best approach now” – letter from Pieter Ruig to Berkshire delegation

From my perspective, there really is only one rail proposal for travel to New York City that makes sense. My main concern is that with limited funds pursuing a sub-optimal alternative (e.g., Berkshire Flyer) will delay and short change other better approaches, or even worse, offer unintended reasons for the politicians and other skeptics to [...]

By |2019-06-27T22:50:33+00:00June 19th, 2019|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Frederick Douglass on the east-west line

We recently came across this passage about a train ride from Boston to Pittsfield written by the great civil rights activist Frederick Douglass. It comes from Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom (1855). Riding from Boston to Albany, a few years ago, I found myself in a large car, well filled with passengers. The seat [...]

By |2018-11-22T20:48:03+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Housatonic Line Project Webinar (from our archives)

This interactive webinar had some 25 participants and was held online in 2013, before the 2014 purchase by Massachusetts Department of Transportation of the 37-mile railway line in Massachusetts. The speakers came from the Housatonic Railroad Company and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. If you want to understand the background for today's discussion of the [...]

By |2018-09-05T05:48:55+00:00May 21st, 2018|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

New Bring Back the Trains online petition

We need a new petition focused on interstate cooperation. Help create a compelling new pitch for a Train Campaign online petition. The existing petition garnered nearly 5,000 signatures and many comments. You can see it (and sign it) at http://ow.ly/4no4lj. This petition helped us get a lot of attention and contributed to the commitment made [...]

By |2017-10-06T17:01:35+00:00May 5th, 2016|Miscellaneous|0 Comments

MassDOT takes us back to the 1980s

Last night’s transportation “Conversation” in Pittsfield was a bust. As you can see it this photo, there were six DOT people ranged at a head table with signs in front of them saying “Rail” “Bike” etc., and tables at the side of the room with computers. First, we had pitches from our three state reps. [...]

By |2017-10-06T17:01:36+00:00October 30th, 2015|Miscellaneous|5 Comments

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