Illinois has had a long and distinguished history in railroad engineering. Significant contributions of the railroad engineering programs date back to the early years of the 20th century. Testing and development of track modulus by Talbot (1910-1930's) resulted in the development of fundamental engineering relationships that remain in use to this day.
For over a century the University of Illinois has been a leader in railway engineering research and education. Beginning with Talbot's fundamental work on railroad track design, and Schmidt & Tuthill's work on train energy and power requirements, through Hay's textbook on railroad engineering, The U of I has a distinguished record of accomplishment and remains highly respected by today's railroad engineering community.