Monday, August 28, 2006

Fare of a transcontinental trip - ticket price

From: "Paul Jeannin"

What was the fare of a transcontinental trip when the railroad was complete and what first stop west of Big Mountain Pass when the railroad was completed?


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Marie Cook"

Can you tell me the average price of a railroad ticket in the 1860's – especially for a ride on George Pullman's new luxury sleeping car?

10/16/2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Information about ticket prices can be found on our FAQ page. Note that the first transcontinental railroad was not completed until May 10, 1869, and that Pullman Cars were not used initially on the Central Pacific. The CPRR used instead their own Silver Palace Cars. Through sleepers probably were not in use until about 1888,

See Mr. Pullman's elegant palace car: The railway carriage that established a new dimension of luxury and entered the national lexicon as a symbol of splendor
by Lucius Morris Beebe

10/16/2006 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Becky Pellegrino"

What did a ticket cost to ride the train from New York to Chicago in 1880, including a boxcar?

1/31/2012 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure if it would have the information that you want, but an 1881 Official Guide of the Railways is included on this DVD.

For information about fares on the transcontinental railroad, see this FAQ.

Not sure what the part of your question about the boxcar means.

1/31/2012 6:31 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Subject: New York to Chicago fare in 1880

To clarify, are you looking for an emigrant fare, family in a tourist class car with belongings in a box car?

I am aware of such fares being offered to induce people to move to the plains, to take up farming, but not from NY to Chicago, although it is possible they were offered.

Does your question involve a new emigrant family, if so this may be a fare only offered overseas.

—Randy Hees

1/31/2012 7:47 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Becky"

... I am trying to write a historical novel about young men coming from Italy in 1880. They are wanting to go to Chicago to work. I was wanting my information to be accurate or at the very least plausible. I don't want to say it cost $20 if it only cost $10. At the same time, I don't want to say it cost $10 if it cost $50. ...


1/31/2012 8:04 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Wendell Huffman"

My next door neighbor told me that when his family moved to California (it must have been in the teens or 20s) that they came in a boxcar with all their possessions and animals. I don't recall ever hearing of that from any other source, but I can't imagine him making that up either.

1/31/2012 11:15 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Kyle K. Wyatt"

Several recent discussions in other groups have shown that moving belongings and at least some family members in boxcars was not uncommon – perhaps even rather common. Your neighbor was far from alone. Check out The Zulu by Fred Wishart.


2/01/2012 4:38 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Larry Mullaly"

John Bergman tells the same story for his great grandparents coming to the Visalia area via SP at the turn of the last century. The box car was set out on a siding along with the family.


2/01/2012 3:25 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


The accounts of traveling via boxcar generally involve established families, usually farming families, with the possessions (farm equipment, stock, household stuff) needed to re-establish a farm.

I would not expect a recent Italian emigrant to have such belongings when moving from NY to Chicago.. Instead I would expect a third class passenger car.

For most of the 19th century common people didn't own much stuff...

—Randy Hees

2/01/2012 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Becky"

... still need to know how much these two guys from Italy would have paid to ride a train from New York to Chicago. ...


2/01/2012 8:04 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See related discussion.

8/03/2012 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Mike Killian"
Subject: Rail Fare around 1875

I am trying to determine an average train fare to the West Coast (Oakland Californiaa) from the area around Michigan or Wisconsin around 1875. My purpose is to determine why anyone would make such an arduous trip and would train be the logical choice.

—Mike Killian

2/24/2014 11:23 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See fare cost.

2/24/2014 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See 1881 Timetable.

2/24/2014 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Travel from the midwest to the west coast of the United States in 1875 would be by train. This was much faster, safer, and less expensive than travel by horse, wagon, or stagecoach. Going to the east coast to take a ship around Cape Horn (around South America) or via Panama would make no sense once the transcontinental railroad was available.

2/24/2014 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much did it cost to ride the transcontinental railroad?

5/02/2016 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Marj Huyck"

What was the cost of a first class ticket San Francisco to Chicago and sleeping car. Then from Chicago to Columbus the cost of a rail ticket both in 1890. ...


11/14/2016 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago: Wm. Johnston Printing Co., [1893]. First edition. 4to. 12" x 9 1/2" printed wrappers, 24 pp. (including covers), tables.

A rare railroad fare guide for journeys originating from Sioux City and Council Bluffs to various points across the country. “The within are Agreed Rates by the Representatives of Lines interested, and Agents will in no case deviate from them without Joint Instructions.” The verbiage on the cover goes on to delineate limits on tickets to certain points east of the Mississippi River. Railroads involved include the Burlington & Quincy; Milwaukee & St. Paul; Chicago & North-Western; Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific; Illinois Central; Kansas City, St. Joe & Council Bluffs; the S.C.& P. and F., E. & Missouri Valley; Sioux City & Northern; and the Wabash. The whole table was compiled by J.P. Mertlik of Chicago, no affiliation listed. We find no copies of this piece in OCLC. A very scarce item.

Buckingham Books, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA
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Greencastle, PA 17225
(717) 597-5657

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