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Time card for a special train, Monday February 11, 1861, His Excellency, Abraham Lincoln, President elect.

Maps and Time Tables

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Railroad Maps - Library of Congress
LC Catalog Record: 75619007
E-resources Catalog Record

The maps presented here are a selection from the Geography and Map Division holdings, based on the popular cartobibliography, Railroad Maps of the United States: A Selective Annotated Bibliography of Original 19th-century Maps in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.
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Issue 19/20: Spring 2014
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RAILROADS: Historical Research Sources at the Library of Congress

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General Resources
Cost of Operations
      Finance & Revenue
      Wages & Compensation
      Print Indexing
Maps and Time Tables
Accidents and Safety
The Transcontinental Railroad New Resource
Internet Resources
LC Subject Headings

Caption (image left):
Time card for a special train, Monday February 11, 1861, His Excellency, Abraham Lincoln, President elect.
Great Western Railroad, February 11, 1861.
Library of Congress
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana Repository
Rare Book And Special Collections Division

Described are 623 maps chosen from more than 3,000 railroad maps and about 2,000 regional, state, and county maps, and other maps which show "internal improvements" and covers 1828-1900. Among the collections are official printed government surveys conducted to determine the most practical railroad routes, Pacific Railroad Surveys, U.S. General Land Office maps which show land grants to railroads, surveys for specific rights-of-way, and general surveys prepared to accompany progress reports of individual railroads. Browse by Geographic Location, Subject Index, Creator Index, Title Index, and Railroad Lines.

Modelski, Andrew M. Railroad Maps of the United States : A Selective Annotated Bibliography of Original 19th-Century Maps in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. Washington : The Library : for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1975.
LC Call Number: Z6026.R3 U54 1975
LC Catalog Record: 75619007

Stover, John F. The Routledge Historical Atlas of the American Railroads. New York : Routledge, c1999.
LC Call Number: G1201.P3 S8 1999
LC Catalog Record: 99027356
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Includes 50 full-color maps as well as text to create an illustrated atlas.

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Time Tables & Directories

Appletons' Illustrated Railway and Steam Navigation Guide. New York, D. Appleton & co., 1855.
LC Call Number: HE2727 .A64
LC Catalog Record: ca09004091

The print is for the year 1855 but there are two copies on Microfiche: Microfilm 07439 HE and 07454 (1855). We do have an issue from 1896 under a different call number HE2727.T77.

The Compendium of Passenger Rates and Divisions. Denver, Col. [etc.] W. F. Bailey, 1886- LC Call Number: HE2003.B2
LC Catalog Record: 99005371

Index to Tariffs and Condensed Local tariffs sections are by company/line. Division Notes is by company/line and contains notes, changes, etc affecting tariffs and lines. Library has 1886 - 1912 but it is not totally complete.

Lloyd's American guide: Containing New Arranged Time Tables ... Population, States, and Distances to Every Place on all the Railroad Routes in the United States and Canadas. Philadelphia, J. T. Lloyd & Co., 1857.
LC Call Number: HE2727 .L79
LC Catalog Record: ca09004097

This is for the year 1857 only.

The Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines of the United States, Porto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Cuba. New York, The National Railway Publication Company, 18--
LC Call Number: HE2727 .O3
LC Catalog Record: 09018693
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There are lots of useful bits in this title. On top of advertisements, the annual calendar, the names and addresses of the general ticket and passenger offices by line, there is a section on "General Railway Information." Which includes some general news on the industry since the last publication, changes on officers of companies, etc. Many lines often include a map of their system as well as times of arrival by station of trains (with mention if it is mail, special, express line). Sometimes there is a mention of miles and other line specific notes and connections to other lines. If there are branches off the line the travel information for those is noted as well. Some companies even give some of the officer information as well. Those stations that have telegraphs are noted as well. There is also in index of railway stations as well as list of old and new names of roads.
Library has 1878 to 1969 (with a break for the late 1920's to 1950) and it is picked up by "The Official Railway Guide."

The Official Railway Guide. New York, National Railway Publication Co.
LC Call Number: HE2727 .O32
LC Catalog Record: 74645758

This is the North American passenger travel edition and continues the Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines of the United States, Porto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Cuba. Much of the data is the same but it is not quite as detailed.
Library has 1974 to 1988.

Schedule of Mail Trains. Boston, etc., [n.d.]
LC Call Number: HE6475.3 .A3
LC Catalog Record: unk82106816

The collection covers the year 1913 to 1952.

The United States Railroad Directory, for 1856. Compiled by Benjamin Homans. New York, B. Homans, 1856.
LC Call Number: HE2721 .U5 1856
LC Catalog Record: ca09004100

Contains a listing by state of the railroads with officers and conductors names. There is a section on Recapitulation by state with the names, from/to locations, miles (with completed, in progress, total, in the state, total).

American Memory. An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress

The collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. An American Time Capsule, the online presentation of the Printed Ephemera collection, comprises 17,000 of the 28,000 physical items. If you browse by genre there is one for Timetables and includes items printed solely for use as timetables (e.g., train schedules). There are also advertisements and other genre like broadsides that would include railroad related material. See Genre for searching for Timetables and Broadsides.

American Memory. Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 Selections from the Collections of Duke University. External Link

This collection contains over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials are drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University. Many advertisements and broadsides with railroad related material.

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