Transportation Changes in 1950's and 60's

Learning targets :

  1. Students will be able to know how it has changed.
  2. Students will be able to know  the impact.


In the 1950's Canadians fell in love with cars and bought 3.5 million of them.While suburban houses of the fifties and sixties were usually plain and functional, cars grew       steadily longer and fancier. The new suburbs and automobiles changed landscape and      lifestyles. Previously, a big trip or retreat to a summer home had been reserved for the rich. The automobile culture, however, exacted costs. As car makers hurried to install        enormous V-8 engines, nobody thought about gas consumption or atmospheric pollution. Neither did they think much about safety, even though automobile accidents     were becoming a leading cause of death.

                                                  Car now adays

                                                  A car from 1950's



In 1951, the Canadian government announced that Canada would proceed with the project by itself. It saw many benefits. prairie grains could be  loaded directly onto Europe-bound ships at Thunder bay, saving the cost of rail transportation through the central provinces. In addition, business would increase in inland ports, and hydroelectric power plants could be developed at dam sites along the seaway.

Once they realized that the seaway was going to be built anyway, the Americans decided to participate. They were concerned that, if they did not, part of one of their trade routes would be under control of a foreign country.The cost, not including the hydro development, was $ 630 million dollars. Many people and buildings were moved to make way for the new tunnels, highways, bridges, dams and canals.


In 1864, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad built  a new, single track train line from Aurora to Chicago. Initially, Western Springs was not a scheduled stop. But, by 1883, residents were offered one morning inbound train and an evening return trip. And, by 1889, there were three tracks and 16 inbound and outbound trains stopping at Western Springs every weekday. During the summer months the non-air conditioned trains were often so hot that every window would be opened. This could result in smoke and cinders from the steam engine entering in. But now we all can travel with out any smoke or cinders because the technology has changed so much. Back then all trains were  extremely noisy compared to today’s diesels. Welded rails were non-existent, which meant that riders were subjected to a continuous “clicker clack”. In addition, residents trying to sleep at night would hear the steam engines literally huffing and puffing. Now we have subways and many more to come which makes our journey comfortable.


In it's early days, model airplane flight, as a phenomenon, was a fairly simple thing to study or talk about. It did not involve nearly so many people or types of flying, for one thing, as it does now. Now a days we all travel in a radio controlled model plane which is exciting. But before the radio controlled model was introduced, most of the models made use of simple fuses or the clockwork and winding mechanism to control their flying.There were other ways.Today electric-powered planes, gas-powered planes, glow-powered planes, and countless ready-built and ready-to-fly rc planes are available just about everywhere. Now its every expensive too to travel around but back then it was not so expensive as now, and was not common.

By Blessy john

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