The Official Railway Guide: North American Freight Service Edition

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National Railway Publication Company, 1908 - Railroads
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If what you want is a wealth of railway schedule and time data, books like this not to be beaten. Starting from 1867 or thereabouts, these things expanded over the years and were published monthly providing a wealth of extraordinary information for the local railroad agents across the country ... and the world for that matter. They were originally produced on cheap pulp paper and not designed to be saved, and as a matter of fact, they were encouraged to be discarded when the new monthly edition was received the next month so as to not confuse and confound the wayward agent and traveler who pored through its pages for whatever distant points they desired to know about.
Today, their treasurers from a century or more ago remain to be incovered by the serious researcher who wants to know how this or that person or product would be routed from one place to another and all that remains to be uncovered is only fodder for one's imagination.
This and its many cousins are a joy to pore through and provide hours of entertainment and research which you never know about until you dig for that special piece of data.
 

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