Thomas Blampied

Sessional Lecturer (Summer 2024)


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

My primary research interests lie in modern Canadian history, especially in relation to transportation, colonialism, and broader questions of infrastructure. I am very interested in the relationship between colonialism and infrastructure. I am also interested in modern American history, North American Jewish history, material culture studies, tourism history, and the history of technology.


Railways are a lifelong passion of mine. What began as a hobby has ultimately become an academic pursuit. Before beginning my doctoral work, I spent several years working in the model train industry. My interest in railways has also led me to publish four books on railways in Ontario and my railway photography has appeared in multiple publications around the world.


PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
BA, University of York (UK)