The Spirit of Transportation

The Spirit of Transportation

In contrast to the last two years, where most of my regional rail rides were to/from Market East and Suburban Station, this year I’ve been spending a lot of time at 30th Street Station.  With my Intro to Education placement trips and my Megabus journeys, I’ve gotten plenty of chances to investigate different parts of the station, including the cool sculpture in the North Waiting Room.  The Spirit of Transportation, sculpted by Karl Bitter in 1895, was originally installed in Philadelphia’s Broad Street station.  A baby carrying an airship leads this procession of transportation innovations, “a prophetic vision of a mode of transportation to come.”

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Futuristic transportation: paddleboats, dirigibles, and locomotives

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