The Health and Pleasure Resorts of New York and New England The Best Way to Reach Them Via “America’s Greatest Railroad”

Take ‘America’s Greatest Railroad’ to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago!

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The World’s Only Four Track Railroad’, ‘The Fastest and Most Perfect Through Train Service in the World’, ‘The Direct Line to Niagara Falls’, ‘The Most Comfortable Route to the World’s Fair’ – various measures of hyperbole are used to describe Cornelius Vanderbilt’s New York Central and Hudson River Railroad on this 1893 map and timetable.

The image presents a distorted outline of New England and the Upper Midwest (note the skewed state borders and lack of distance scale). Primary routes and connecting lines, including the famous four-track line between New York and Buffalo, are noted throughout. Topography is depicted pictorially and an interesting method of shading possibly highlights agricultural areas in green (commodities were an important source of revenue for the railroad).

The verso presents a detailed timetable outlining departure and arrival times at stops across the New York Central network – important information for the thousands of visitors attending the World’s Fair that year in Chicago. The map was published in Buffalo, New York by the Matthews-Northrup Company on behalf of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad in November of 1893.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1893

Author: The New York Central & Hudson River Railroad

Sheet Width (in): 39.75

Sheet Height (in): 15.75

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Folding brochure and timetables with moderate wear and discoloration along fold lines. About 3" of horizontal separation has been repaired with archival tape on the verso. One dime sized spot in the Atlantic, off the coast of Boston. Several small chips and tears along the outer edges, confined to the margins. Remains in good to very good condition overall.

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