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#1 HARHBG

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:05 PM

Any clue as to where to even begin to look for timetables from the '30's and '40's?  CHI to East Coast,... New York, Boston, Washington and CHI,  West Coast to LAX would be the primary interest but any timetable from that period will work for this research project.

 

THANKS in advance for any and all info posted.



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Posted 11 March 2016 - 01:31 PM

Well you found the right place at the forum to ask the question (Museum of Amtrak Timetables Discussion)!

 

Several links

 

Emphasis is the 50's but 'streamliners' began several decades earlier.

  Covers named trains with a sample timetable, equip list etc

"mid-1930s and the late 1960s when fast trains and fine service comprised the gold standard of intercity passenger travel."

http://www.streamlinerschedules.com/

 

Download pdf's:

1921 Official Railway Guide (200+ mb pdf) via CPRR Museum http://cprr.org

http://cprr.org/Muse..._Guide_1921.pdf

1910

http://cprr.org/Muse..._Guide_1910.pdf

http://discussion.cp...guide-1910.html

 

Google books has made old guides avail to about 1910 (also downloadable)

http://www.naotc.org...ides/index.html

 

Read the 1952 Official Guide online

http://www.timetable...&section_id=265

 

Streamliner Memories -- scanned menus, brochures and other memorabilia from the streamliner era.

http://streamlinermemories.info/

 

You can purchaseOfficial Guides on CD's (single or whole decades) at 

http://taplines.biz/...ads-C13742.aspx

 

 

Finally Trains Mag April 2016 p36 has a complete map of thru passenger trains East Coast to Chicago in Oct 1940 (subscription only--Map of the month)


Edited by Chaz, 11 March 2016 - 01:35 PM.


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 01:40 PM

You can get a bunch of them them on DVDs from Taplines - http://www.taplines.net. The DVDs are not too expensive. I have got the entire set. You can get the complete DVD set for $59 or so. Take a look at: http://taplines.biz/...s-P1457553.aspx

 

There is a DVD covering 1930 - 1958 and another covering the 60s. A third one covers 1850s to 1930. Note that not all timetables are included. but the select sample is quite representative and useful.



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Posted 11 March 2016 - 01:40 PM

Any clue as to where to even begin to look for timetables from the '30's and '40's?  CHI to East Coast,... New York, Boston, Washington and CHI,  West Coast to LAX would be the primary interest but any timetable from that period will work for this research project.

 

THANKS in advance for any and all info posted.

 

Ebay.

Railroadiana Shows.  I'll be selling some of mine at one next month.

Carl Loucks [if he's still in business]

 

You did not state whether you were looking for public or employee timetables.  I suspect, though, you mean public.



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Posted 12 March 2016 - 01:16 PM


Lots of New York Central timetables here:

http://www.canadasou.../timetables.htm

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 05:14 PM

THANKS !! so very much to all who posted the wealth of information. 

 

If anyone is still reading this post.........a quick question I'm sure all you people know the answer to, ..... but I'm not certain ...(and don't want to bother the membership with another "stupid" question posting)........

 

Just what, exactly, does "Limited" mean in a train name?  Was "Limited" an indicator of an Express train with limited stops??  THANKS AGAIN..............



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Posted 16 March 2016 - 02:33 AM

"Local" stopped at all stations. "Limited" stopped at fewer stations. "Express" stopped at even fewer stations.
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Posted 16 March 2016 - 04:18 PM

THANK YOU!!



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Posted 25 July 2016 - 01:33 AM

Those name conventions were not always followed. The Chicago Express on the B&O made far more stops than the Capitol Limited running over the same route several hours later.

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Posted 14 August 2016 - 08:13 PM

Yeah, they started getting silly about it later. That's what they meant originally though.
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Posted 19 August 2016 - 01:59 AM

And the Bullets make even fewer stops. :)

I actually spotted a 1941 Official Guide at the Illinois Railway Museum, but I decided to get the 1963 version.


I have ridden Cascades #516 (SEA-STW), Coast Starlight #14 (LAX-SLO), Southwest Chief #4 (LAX-CHI), Cardinal #50 (CHI-NYP), Northeast Regional #85 (NYP-WAS), Capitol Limited #30 (HFY-WAS), Coast Starlight #14 (LAX-PDX), and many Pacific Surfliners with Amtrak. I have seen, including the previous, California Zephyr #5 at SAC (with luck), what I guess to be Crescent #19 (at WAS) and Silver Meteor #97 (at WAS), and Empire Builder #28 at PDX. I have also ridden the Hokutosei in Japan, Ueno - Sapporo (now discontinued).





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