Great Western Route. 1859. Boston & Worcester & Western Rail Road Line.
An ephemeral 19th-century railroad item, fitting in the palm of one’s hand
The Boston & Worcester Rail Road Line was the first passenger train in New England, offering full service in 1835.
Here, in 1859, on this railroad line, travelers could head out from Boston to Albany to Niagara Falls. Via connecting lines, destinations to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Louisville or Toronto were options. Further tickets were available for places as far-flung as Memphis and New Orleans to Springfield, Illinois.
Rates for all of these destinations were given for First Class and “Emi.” [Emigrants]. First class rates were just a little over twice as much as those beneath them.
By steamer on Lake Erie, with meals and berths included, a traveler could arrive at Toledo, Chicago, St. Louis and more.
On the last “page,” in landscape format, it was assured that the latest and “most approved style” of sleeping cars were attached to the night trains, and secured a good night’s sleep for those riding the rails.
Pre-Civil War-era railroad timetables are scarce; this example is attractively designed with a variety of font faces.
Description: Great Western Route. 1859. Boston & Worcester & Western Rail Road Line.
[Massachusetts. 1859.] Single sheet folded in thirds with letterpress-print text on each side, ornamental borders and lettering. 4 x 2½ inches. When opened: 7¼ x 4 inches. Railroad Timetable. Small browning at top, short tear; very good.