Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Train travel in 1928, Montreal to Los Angeles

From: "Ken Horowitz"

I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction for this query: where could I find out the time required to travel by rail from Montreal to Los Angeles in 1928?

I'd love to find timetables that would show details. But even knowing whether it was 4 days or 10 days (or whatever) would be very useful. Some idea of the cost would be nice to know as well.

I've been google-ing for a while, and the closest I've come are some of the trans-continental maps on your site. So I'm hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction.

It begins to look as though a traveler at that time would have had to travel on multiple lines – could they buy through-tickets? or did they have to book section by section?

—Ken Horowitz


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suggest that you check an historic copy for that era of the Official Railway Guide at a research library.

A copy of the 1936 guide apparently is available on CD.

7/18/2007 9:40 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


The Official Guide of Railways was published monthly.  It included passenger train schedules for nearly all major (and many minor) railroads in North America.  Find a library near you that has back issues.


7/19/2007 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copies of the Official Railway Guide are also available on CD for a for a variety of other years including 1910 and 1921.

The CPRR Museum website has the 1870 edition online.

7/19/2007 8:36 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Ken Horowitz"

Thanks for the suggestion – I think this is exactly what I was looking for.

7/20/2007 3:08 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

The Official Guide of the Railways editions of 1870, 1910 and 1921 are now online on the CPRR Museum website.

8/16/2007 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Official Guide Of the Railways, 1930 edition has been reprinted: "the first page (after the card cover), the title page in small print at the bottom ... says 'facsimile of the original publication ... 1978'."

10/06/2007 6:42 PM  

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