Monday, May 30, 2011

T Is For Transportation



It's time again for ABC Wednesday. If you aren't participating in ABC Wednesday, you are missing out on a lot of fun.

This week the letter is T.

My post for the letter "T" is Transportation. There are many different kinds of Transportation, so we are going to look at a number of them.

Steamboats
STEAMBOATS

There were two main types of transportation that allowed this country to expand at such a fast pace in the 1800's. The first was steamboats. The first commercial steamboat transportation was Between Albany, New York, and New York City in 1807. Before long there were steamboats on just about every navigable river in the U.S.

Big and Little
BIG AND LITTLE

The need to transport goods to and from places that were not on a waterway brought about the steam locomotive. The first railroad to transport goods in the U.S. was the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The first steam powered vehicle in the U.S. was the Tom Thumb locomotive that operated on the Baltimore and Ohio tracks starting in 1830.

1940 Buick Limited
1940 BUICK LIMITED

The automobile change the way Americans traveled, and just about put an end to train travel as a way of getting around. Americans are now very mobile. My Daddy loves to buy and sell old cars. This 1940 Buick gets a lot of attention when he drives it.

Tiny VW
TINY VW

Cars come in all sizes as you can see here. I was driving down the street in Valle Hermoso, Mexico when I spotted this tiny VW Beetle. I pulled over to talk to the owner and took a picture of it. He wanted me to get in it for a picture.

Eureka Bikes
MOTORCYCLES IN EUREKA SPRINGS

In the area where I live, Motorcycles are very popular. The Christian Motorcycle Association is headquartered here. Motorcyclist come from hundred and sometimes thousands of miles away to ride the roads and see the beauty of the area.

I love to travel to Belize. San Pedro, Belize is on a densely populated island, so it has its own special transportation needs. Here are some photos of transportation in San Pedro

Riding To Work
RIDING TO WORK

San Pedro Ferry
SAN PEDRO FERRY

School Transportation
SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

Belize Boat
MIKE'S BOAT

Triple J Water Taxi
WATER TAXI

Busy Street
GOLF CART

Housewares For Sale
TRAVELING SALESMAN

Sailing
SAILBOAT

As you can see, San Pedro has many varied forms of transportation. Just about everyone who travels to San Pedro travels by air. Flying is the newest form of transportation. Today, the global airline industry consists of over 2000 airlines operating more than 23,000 aircraft, providing service to over 3700 airports. Last year, the world’s airlines flew almost 28 million scheduled flight departures and carried over 2 billion passengers

First Class Gina
FLYING HIGH

What types of transportation do you use?

12 comments:

  1. I need that tiny VW! I'll bet it gets better gas mileage than what I currently drive! :)

    I think the CMA must have been in session when I visited Eureka Springs on 5/21 for my granddaughter's wedding. There were bikes and bikers everywhere!

    Nice ABC post, Richard.

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  2. What a TERRIFIC, fun post for the T Day, Richie! Love all your photos! I could use that tiny VW, too! Hope you have a great week! Enjoy!

    Sylvia
    ABC Team

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  3. Terrific post about transportation!

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  4. Great choices! This was so much fun. Thanks

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  5. Ohhhhhh, I would love to take a steamboat upriver!

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  6. Wonderful post. This is the best choice.

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  7. Brilliant, Richie! The old means of transport might be slower, but they are a lot more interesting and romantic than the modern vehicles.
    We have also ferries. If I want to go to the windmills I have to cross the river by ferry. It takes me 5 minutes to the ferry by bike, 5 minutes on the ferry and 5 minutes to the mills. I prefer a ferry to a bridge.

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  8. I walk, bike, take the bus.
    Sometimes in the car - but not so little as your VW!- favorites are trains and ferries.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  9. Great shots and a very interesting post.

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  10. What a wonderful collection of transportation methods. Terrific post...

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  11. A wonderful collection of vehicles, the cutest of course the VW. That must turn heads.

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