Scope and Content
This series contains 149 prints pertaining to railroads primarily in North America that date from the 1830s to the early 20th
century. The images and texts of these items focus on varying
aspects of railroads related to car and locomotive manufacturing, travel, administration, and geography. The items include
maps; folding brochures; timetables; broadsides and posters; locomotive
builder’s prints (depicting the side elevation of locomotive exteriors), and view prints depicting landscapes and street scenes
that feature trains, factory buildings, and passenger stations.
Railroad companies produced the majority of materials in this series primarily to advertise their routes and train schedules
to potential passengers, but the collection also includes over thirty
locomotive builder’s prints issued by machine shops to advertise the design and construction of their locomotives, as well
as five posters advertising railroad land for sale; two broadsides promoting the train-based
shipping services of the Adams & Company Express in 1844 and 1850 (TRAN_001193 and TRAN_001194); a March 10, 1849, issue of
Horn’s Railroad Gazette (TRAN_001085);
a circa 1860 portrait print of New York Central Railroad mechanic Edward H. Jones (TRAN_001164); an 1863 broadside with freight
tariff rates of the Tioga, and Blossburg & Corning railroads (TRAN_001144);
the front page of the November 27, 1874,
Daily Graphic newspaper containing a cartoon depicting rival railroad company presidents (TRAN_001132); and an 1883 broadside listing the
road repair foremen of the
Boston and Albany Railroad Company (TRAN_001165).
Individual items within this series are arranged numerically by call number.