Trains, Planes, and Automobiles . . . and Ships!

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Interesting facts, statistics, and fun features about our favorite modes of transportation


Ten Famous Trains
From the Orient Express to the high tech Japanese Bullet train

The World's Largest Subway Systems
The Moscow subway serves 3.2 billion riders a year

A Short History of the American Subway
Boston was America's first

Major Railroad Accidents
The U.S. worst railroad disaster took place in 1918, killing 101

Encyclopedia: The History of the Railroad
From the earliest railroads to high speed passenger service


Famous Planes
The world's most notable passenger, fighter, bomber, experimental, and spy planes

Famous Firsts in Aviation
From the first balloon flight to today's non-stop 10,000-mile passenger airline flights

The World's Busiest Airports
Atlanta's airport caters to more passengers than any other

Aircraft Crashes
The u.S.'s worst crash took place in 1979, killing 272

Almanac: Aviation
From the Aviator's Hall of Fame to world speed records

...And Ships!

Historical Ships
From the Titanic to the Bounty to the Queen Mary

Most Famous Shipwrecks
Remember the Maine

Ships: Mysterious Disappearances
What happened to the Mary Celeste and the USS Cyclops?

Travel and Trasporntation


Car Names
Do you fancy yourself in a Honda Civic or a Corvette Stingray?

Top-Selling Cars in the United States
The Ford F-Series tops the list

Most Popular Car Colors
Silver is the most desired color

Most Expensive Cars
A Rolls Royce Phantom is a bargain next to the Saleen S7

Top Triple A Car Rankings
Your best bet under $15,000 is the Mazda 3

The Most and Least Polluting Cars
The Dodge Ram SRT10 is the biggest gas guzzler

The Most Stolen Cars
Thieves really go for the Acura Integra

Most and Least Knowledgeable Drivers
Oregonians are the wisest, Rhode Islanders the most ignorant

Improper Driving as a Factor in Accidents
13% of accidents are the result of speeding

For more on cars, trains, and planes see Transportation

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