Friday, August 10, 2007

Official Rail Guide, 1921

The Official Guide of the Railways, 1921 is now available online. For Union Pacific Railroad, see especially pdf pages 704-729. For Southern Pacific Railroad, see especially pdf pages 747-763. Note that these numbers are not the printed page numbers. This 1508 page volume is a huge file, so use will require a fast internet connection. Courtesy Jeffrey Hill, Cape Ann Train Co.

This pdf copy is for online reference use only. Please do not download or print. If you want a copy for your computer or to printout pages, please purchase a CD from Cape Ann Train Co..


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

The Official Guide of the Railways for various years can be found at research libraries, on CD's that can be purchased, and we have the 1870, 1910, and 1921 editions online.

8/16/2007 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "David Nicholson"

I found a copy of a 1921 book containing train and ship schedules on your web site. Several pages are torn. Do you happen to know who published the book? ...

—David Nicholson

6/03/2017 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A 1910 edition of the Official Guide of the Railways shows the publisher as "National Railway Publication Co., 24 Park Place, New York."

6/03/2017 9:52 AM  
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6/03/2017 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Official Railway Guide has ended as of August 2020. It is now combined with the Pocket List of Railway Officials."

—Nick Fry, Curator, John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library, UMSL

Courtesy of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Internet Message List.

10/10/2020 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subject: "The Only Railway Guide"
From: Dennis Hogan [Courtesy of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Internet Message List.]

On the occasion of the centennial of the first publication of THE OFFICIAL RAILWAY GUIDE a facsimile edition was reprinted in 1968 of the June 1868 Guide. An original had been found in the holdings of the New York Public Library and was said to be the only original ever found.

A few other publications had provided the same type of information starting in the 1850s and even the late 1840s:

Appleton's Railway Guide
Disturnell's Railroad, Steamboat, and Telegraph Guide
Doggett's Railway Guide and Gazeteer
Dinsmore's (later Batterman's) American Railway Guide
Lloyd's American Guide
and doubtless others of more regional coverage.

THE OFFICIAL RAILWAY GUIDE (ORG) reprint claims in its preface that the Appleton Railway Guide was acquired in 1885 and discontinued. That was the claim!

A collector of such rare guides (whom I know) has provided me with copies of maps and schedules from his vast collection from time to time. Looking at some of the copies he has provided I spy two front covers of a Travelers RR Guide, Consolidation of the Knickerbocker and Appleton's National Railway & Steam Navigation Guide. The covers are dated February 1900 and July 1901.


Can anyone shed more light on the history of North American railway guides?

3/18/2021 4:47 PM  

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