Thomas Blampied

PhD Program


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

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

Working Dissertation


"Ontario's Development Road"


My current research examines the impact of railway development on Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario. In particular, I am looking at the impact of the provincially-owned Ontario Northland Railway on the James Bay Lowlands, especially around Moosonee and Moose Factory. I am examining how this relates to Crown-Indigenous relations, colonialism, race, tourism, and development.


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 have appeared in multiple publications around the world.


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