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Poole Bros. / Knight, Leonard & Co. Panoramic Views Along the Line of the DENVER & RIO GRANDE Railroad. THE SCENIC LINE OF THE WORLD [and on verso:] SCENES OF THE DENVER & RIO GRANDE RAILROAD. [Denver?: Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, ca. 1893-1894.]

Spectacular 1893 Denver & Rio Grande Railroad promotional brochure

A superb 1893 promotional brochure for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, featuring a sequence of nine chromolithographic views of Colorado’s natural wonders, many with trains cutting through the landscape.  The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad was incorporated in 1870, its primary function to connect Denver and Salt Lake City. It also developed several branch […]

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The first railroad maps printed in the United States?

A compilation of seminal reports advocating and describing the earliest general-purpose rail lines in New England. Particularly interesting for the inclusion of a two-part map of the proposed line from Boston to Albany, which according to Modelski is the first rail map printed in the United States. Background Revolutions in transportation were probably greatest drivers […]

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Joseph H. Curtis, Landscape Engineer 85 Dev. St. Boston from surveys by J. G. Kelly / Heliotype Printing Co. Boston, Plan of Heights of BUENA VISTA near terminus of Mt. Desert Branch of M.C.R.R.Hancock, Maine, Dec. 1888.

Rare plan for a coastal development near Mount Desert Island

The Maine Central Railroad was chartered in 1881 and completed in mid-1884, running nearly 50 miles from Penobscot Switch to the Mount Desert Ferry in Hancock, Maine. This created the only all-rail connection between Mount Desert, Portland, Boston and beyond. “Since the opening of the Mount Desert Branch of the Maine Central Railroad a new […]

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Old Colony Railroad broadside, "OAK BLUFFS VINEYARD HIGHLANDS, KATAMA, COTTAGE CITY MARTHA’S VINEYARD NANTUCKET. [Boston, ca. 1876-1892?]"

Spectacular Old Colony Railroad broadside touting service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

A spectacular and previously-unknown late 19th-century broadside touting Old Colony Railroad and Old Colony Steamship Company service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The Old Colony Railroad is not mentioned on this broadside, but the content points directly to that firm, as it dominated transportation in southeastern Massachusetts for much of the 19th century. Established in […]

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Rare broadside ad from the dawn of American rail travel

An early and very rare broadside advertisement promoting a Boston-Albany rail connection. The railroad craze came relatively early to Massachusetts. By the late 1820s a number of lines had been proposed, including the Boston & Worcester Railroad and a Western Railroad linking Worcester and Albany. Backers hoped the legislature would step in and fund the projects for the greater good. This […]

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Brooks Bank Note & Lith’g Co., BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE White Mountains. Portland: G.W. Morris, ca. 1890s.

A striking bird’s-eye view of the White Mountains

A striking bird’s-eye view of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, produced to supply the burgeoning tourist trade of the late 19th century. By the end of the 19th century the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire had become major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of rail and coach links, hotels and inns, and […]

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E[dward] S. Martin, / Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers HISTORY OF THE HOOSAC TUNNEL. Boston, 1878.

A rare illustrated history and description of the Hoosac Tunnel

A rare pamphlet promoting the Hoosac Tunnel in the Berkshire Hills of northwestern Massachusetts one of the engineering marvels of the 19th century. With a large and striking cutaway view of Hoosac Mountain showing details of the tunnel. The Hoosac Tunnel began as a project of Massachusetts paper mill owner Alvah Crocker, who in 1848 […]

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H. Chandler Sc. / James D. Warren, Com’l and Printing House, MOUNT DESERT VIA BOSTON AND MAINE RAILROAD. No place: Boston & Maine Railroad, ca. 1880.

Mount Desert Island and surroundings

A large, decorative and very scarce promotional map of Mount Desert Island, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, and vicinity, issued around 1880 for the Boston & Maine Railroad. Glaciated and mountainous, the dramatic and rugged landscape of Maine’s Mount Desert Island is absolutely unique on the East Coast of the United States. It was thus no […]

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