Timeline of Transportation

 

Year Historical Event
2009
  • 206 MPH average trip speed for electric HSR (High Speed Rail) train service: Guangzhou to Wuhan China
  • ETR 500 (Elettro Treno Rapido 500) electric train in tunnel record 226 MPH Monte Bibele tunnel Italy
  • Motorcycle speed record reaches 367 MPH at Bonneville
  • Wind powered speed record: Greenbird 126.2 MPH
  • HPV (Human Powered Vehicles) speed record: Varna Tempest 82.8 MPH
  • Hydroptere wind power watercraft 59.1 MPH.
2007
  • 217 MPH HSR in Spain,
  • TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) record 357.2 MPH Metz-Reims France
  • Omer 5 human power submarine 9.2 MPH
2006
  • Top speed commercial HSR record Siemans Velaro E AVE s-103 250.7 MPH between Guadalajara and Calatayud Spain
  • Diesel land speed record 350.45 MPH at Bonneville
  • Propeller driven water record "Problem Child" 264.6 MPH
2004
  • First commercial maglev train Shanghai China
  • Electric land speed record 321.8 MPH, Buckeye Bullet Bonneville
2003
  • Concorde makes last flight
  • China maglev reaches 311 MPH in TR08 record run
  • Japan Railway maglev train 361.01 MPH,
  • Holloman AFB unmanned rocketsled 6453 MPH
2002
  • Shanghia commercial maglev test run 267 MPH for TR08
  • Talgo XXI Diesel train 159.3 MPH Spain
  • Eric Barone 107 MPH bike downhill volcano
2001
  • Dean Kamen Segway PT self balancing electric scooter
  • Wheel driven land speed record Vesco Turbinator 458 MPH
2000
  • Eric Barone 138 MPH downhill bike on snow
1999
  • ETT patent issued to Daryl Oster
  • Japan Rail Maglev train MLX01 342.99 MPH
1997
  • Japan Rail maglev MXL01 341.75 MPH
  • Land speed record ThrustSSC 763 MPH at Bonneville
1995
  • Fred Rompelberg 167 MPH on a bike paced by wind blocking car,
1994
  • 30 mile tunnel England to France
  • Hong Kong airport to be dredged up from sea
  • Solar car crosses Australia in 8day avg 30 MPH
1993
  • California requires 10% of cars be emission free by 2003
  • TR07 maglev 280 MPH Germany, Diesel train Russia 168.39 MPH (not confirmed)
1992
  • Japan leads in ship building
1991
  • Maglev train project starts in Florida
  • Magnetic drive ship Japan
  • Decavitator Human power watercraft 21.3 MPH
1990
  • TGV 320: 19 MPH rail record
1989
  • 35 kiloton oil spill in AK 1bil cleanup
  • B2 stealth bomber first flight with 25 ton bomb load
  • TR08 reaches 271 MPH
  • 110 ft Gentry Eagle crosses the Atlantic in 2 days 14hours
  • SNCF (France's state-owned high speed rail company) TGV 299.7 MPH
  • Grumman F8F Bearcat "rare bear" piston engine aircraft reaches 528.33 MPH
1988
  • 1.2 mile span started in Japan
  • 33 railroad mile tunnel to north island Japan
  • 58K HP diesel engine in container ship
  • Solar sunracer hits 49 MPH
  • TR07 maglev 256 MPH Germany
  • ICE German HSR 252.83 MPH
  • SNCF TGV 253.7 MPH in France
1987
  • British Rail 148 MPH Diesel record
  • TR 06 maglev reaches 244 MPH in Germany
1986
  • First RTW (round-the-world) no refuel voyager
  • Challenger space shuttle booster explodes 7 killed
  • Automated highway system considered in California
  • Westland Lynx helicopter reaches 249.1 MPH
1985
  • Chicago O'Hare reaches 700k flights and 44 million passengers per year
  • Permanent space station planned by NASA
  • TR 06 reaches 220 MPH
  • 152 MPH on bike drafting car
1984
  • Jetpack space walk
  • Aairbag and automatic seatbelt by 90 law in US
  • Maglev TR 06 in Germany at 188 MPH
  • MIT Monarch B human powered aircraft reaches 19.8 MPH
1983
  • 633 MPH land speed by  record jet powered vehicle
  • Automated underground trains in Lille France
  • Unleaded fuel required in cars in US
1982
  • Unmanned rocket sled at Holloman AFB reaches 6119 MPH
1981
  • 330 million cars in the world, 80% in US, Europe and Japan
  • Space shuttle
  • Voyager passes Saturn
  • 4625 foot span England SNCF TGV in service, reaches186 MPH 8 or 9 cars with locomotive on each end
  • TGV test run at 236.12 MPH
1980
  • 7 million motorcycles built 90% in Japan
  • 10 mile road tunnel under the Alps
  • 106 MPH hovercraft
1979
  • 320 MPH record on water
  • 319 MPH record for a motorcycle
  • Solar powered car achieves 8 MPH in England
  • Maglev train reaches 321 MPH,  Japan rail group ML500
  • TGV France achieves 186 MPH
  • Human power aircraft crosses English channel
  • Class 961 Shinkansen clocked at 198.1 MPH on test track in Japan
1978
  • Spirit of Australia wins water speed record 317 MPH
1977
  • Windsurfer
  • Robotic car manufactured
  • TR04 maglev reaches157.3 MPH
1976
  • Concord SST (super-sonic transport) enters service Atlantic in 3 hours 1453 MPH burns double the fuel
  •  Mars probe
  • SR-71 Blackbird aircraft reaches 2,194 MPH
1975
  • Inertial navigation in airliners
  • British Rail Advance Passenger Train at 152.3 MPH
1974
  • 55 MPH speed law passed in US to save fuel due to oil embargo.
1973
  • Fuel crisis in US
  • Skylab 171 days
  • 54K die in US in car crashes
  • LPG (liquid propane gas) tanker
  • Bell jet ranger
  • 143 MPH record Diesel train BR HST in UK
  • Allan Abbott bike drafts car at 139 MPH
1972
  • Class 951 electric train Shinkansen achieves177.6 MPH in test run 
1971
  • Lunar rover 463lb
  • Transrapid TR02 maglev achieves 101.9 MPH in Germany
1970
  • 2460 mile trans Australian Railroad, 3 days AC
  • Nonstop Pacific helicopter flight
  • 3 die in USSR space accident
  • Amtrak founded in US by Rail Passenger Service Act
1969
  • Apollo 10 24,791 MPH
  • Apollo 11 moon walk 1sg 36 miles high in 2.5min
  • Concord SST
  • Boeing 747 300 tons, 300+ passengers
1968
  • Smog control legislated in US
  • Soviet supersonic airliner, never placed in service
1967
  • X15 4535 MPH
  • Honda 750 motorcycle, 120 MPH
  • US electric train record 156 MPH NE corridor
  • 235 MPH jet aero train L'Aerotrain
  • X-15 rocket powered aircraft achieves 4,510 MPH
1965
  • Container 40 foot shipping standard 
  • Automated airline landing
  • Land speed record at 601 MPH
  • Japan Shinkansen Electric HSR 101 MPH service run
1964
  • Japan bullet train 130 MPH service
  • Land speed record 403 MPH
  • Speedboat achieves 276 MPH
  • SR72 mach 3
  • F111 swing wing
1963
  • NSU rotary Wankle engine
  • Class 1000 Shinkansen bullet train 159 MPH
1962
  • Jose Meiffret reaches 127 MPH on bike drafting car Germany
1961
  • VTOL jet
  • First human orbit 108 min 23K feet eject parachute USSR
1960
  • Airlines 100 million passengers / year
  • Nuclear submarine circles the world in 85 days without surfacing
  • Topolev TU-114 prop driven aircraft, 541 MPH
1959
  • NS Savannah,  first nuclear-powered merchant ship, 3.5 years to refuel
  • First hovercraft
  • St Lawrence Seaway, 2400 miles from Atlantic through great lakes
  • Unmanned rocket sled 3089 MPH
1958
  • Boeing 707 550 MPH 190 passengers 4300 miles
1957
  • Sputnik's first orbit
  • First dog in space.
1956
  • Hydrofoil service to Sicily
  • US Interstate Highway Act
1955
  • First nuclear-powered submarine:  US Nautilus
  • SCNF 9004 Electric train 205.6 MPH
1954
  • Alstom CC 7121 electric locomotive 150.99 MPH
  • John Stapp rocket sled at Holloman airforce base 631.9 MPH
1953
  • Corvette fiberglass-body car
  • First turbo-prop
  • SNCF 7121 Electric Train 149 MPH
1952
  • First jetliner 48 passenger DeHaviland,
1951
  • Power steering introduced by Chrysler
1949
  • US b50 nonstop round-the-world flight in 96 hours, 4 refuelings in flight
1947
  • Yeager breaks sound barrier in X1 42k ft altitude 670 MPH rocket plane
  • Honda first motorcycle using war surplus engines fitted to bikes,
1943
  • Lockheed constellation 2K mile range, 81 passengers, 340 MPH
1942
  • V2 rocket
1941
  • Liberty ship built in 14 days
  • Letourneur 109 MPH bike drafting a car
1940
  • First practical single rotor helicopter
  • 4wd Jeep,
1939
  • First jet German 470 MPH
  • Diesel Train 133.5 MPH Germany
1938
  • Boeing 307 first pressurized cabin
  • Steam train 126 MPH, British LNER Mallard
1937
  • Hindenburg burns, last hydrogen air ship
  • Golden Gate Bridge opens
1936
  • U boat must surface every 78 miles for air
  • Diesel train Germany 127.4 MPH
1935
  • DC3 21 passenger 170 MPH
  • First parking meters
  • 4 day 3 hr 2 min Atlantic liner crossing
  • Radar invented
  • VW bug
1934
  • Zephyr train 1000 mile nonstop Denver to Chicago 112.5 MPH
  • 110 MPH Union Pacific M-10000 1st streamliner train
  • Herman Kemper patent for maglev train
1933
  • Boeing 247 first airliner twin 550hp vari prop retractable gear, 10 passenger, 600mile in 4 hours
1932
  • Diesel train 124 MPH DGR "Fliegender-Hamburgischer" test run
1931
  • seaplane achieves 340 MPH
1930
  • diesels replace steam locomotives
  • Solo flight England to Australia in 19 days
1929
  • Synchromesh transmission Cadillac
  • Graf Zeppelin goes round the world in 21 days
  • 5 million cars / yr sold in US
1928
  • Idea for jet aircraft (built 9 years later)
1927
  • British Sunbeam 204 MPH car
  • Lindbergh solo non-stop Atlantic flight
  • Pennsylvania Railroad E6s #460 steam train clocked at 115 MPH
1926
  • 800HP  Seaplane 260 MPH, Goddard liquid fuel rocket 45 ft 2.5sec
1924
  • Round the world flight 27k miles 5.5 months
  • Oil tanker 6600ton 600 hp diesel
1923
  • Controlled access highway in New York
  • Autobahn German 2K miles by 39
  • First aircraft carrier Japan & Britain
  • First diesel truck Benz
1921
  • Hydraulic brakes Dusenburg
  • Leaded gasoline
1920
  • welding replaces riveted ship construction, retractable landing gear
1919
  • Trans Atlantic flight 16.5 hours. (airship also crosses)
  • London to Paris first regular scheduled international flights
1917
  • Trans Australia RailRoad 300 mile perfect straight section
  • 1st Diesel electric locomotive in US by General Electric
1916
  • Vacuum wipers on cars
  • British tracked tank
  • Railroads in US peak at 254K miles
1915
  • All metal monoplane steel cantilever wing Junkers j1 105 MPH
  • Battleship
1914
  • First traffic lights Cleveland Ohio
  • 51 mile Panama Canal opens
1913
  • Europe to Far East in 2 weeks
  • Moving line assembly Ford
  • Grand Central Station opens in New York
1912
  • Cadillac introduces electric start
  • Harley motorcycle with 45 MPH top speed
1911
  • White line marks road center in US
  • Airmail India
  • Titanic sinks 1500 killed
  • Selandia launches 1st ocean going diesel driven ship
1910
  • First seaplane France
1909
  • Airplane crosses English channel
1908
  • Ford model T 45 MPH peak production 1000/day, runs on alcohol or gasoline
1907
  • Steam turbine ocean liner 1100 ton/day coal, 5 days from Liverpool to New York
  • Radio navigation
1905
  • First motorbus
  • E6s#7002 steam train clocked at Crestline OH at 127.1 MPH
1904
  • pre-stressed concrete
  • GWR 3700 steam train UK 102.3 MPH
1903
  • Wright brothers first motor driven flight kitty hawk
  • Rudolph Diesel canal boat with small compression ignition engine
  • 126 MPH Electric train Siemens Berlin, 130 MPH AEG train in Germany (military line)
1901
  • First practical motorcycle
  • Electric overhead suspended monorail Wuppertal Germany
  • Oldsmobile 5k/year mass production
  • 101 MPH electric train Siemens & Halske Marienfeld Germany
1900
  • First Zeppelin airship

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