A Fiery Centennial – Hartford Union Station 4

A Fiery Centennial – Hartford Union Station Trains History Photos

Exactly one hundred years ago, Connecticut was gripped in a frigid and snowy winter, much like the one we are currently experiencing. And exactly one hundred years ago last Friday, Hartford’s Union station was ablaze. On its own, a fire can be pretty devastating enough, but coupled with the snow,...

Vacationing on the Railroad, yesterday and today 3

Vacationing on the Railroad, yesterday and today Trains History

It is starting to be that time of the season where everyone is thinking about summer, and about taking vacations. The railroad has always been a great method of getting around, and there are plenty of places you can see by train. If you’re looking for something more local, Metro-North...

Remembering the Upper Harlem Division, Part 3 14

Remembering the Upper Harlem Division, Part 3 History Photos

As we complete our journey along the abandoned Upper Harlem Division, it is worth taking a moment to look at the timetables printed for the line. The Upper Harlem’s timetables were New York Central’s Form 112 – and its size changed drastically over the years, reflecting the railroad’s slow death....

Tuesday Tour of the Hudson Line: Tarrytown 18

Tuesday Tour of the Hudson Line: Tarrytown Trains Photos Tuesday Tours

Tarrytown postcard, monthly ticket from 1896, and a Hudson Division timetable from 1967 As we continue our travels along the Hudson Line, our next stop is Tarrytown station, about 25 miles north of Grand Central Terminal. Today’s tour is chock full of photos and information – certainly befitting one of...

Riding in style on the New York Central and the Boston & Albany 2

Riding in style on the New York Central and the Boston & Albany Trains History Photos

Several years ago when I visited Japan, I got to ride one of the lovely novelty trains designed by Eiji Mitooka. Though he is more well known for the shinkansen he designed, he did create a few rather unique trains for the Wakayama Electric Railway, which, yes, is the system...

Daily Boredom: Old timetable art turned into posters 8

Daily Boredom: Old timetable art turned into posters History

There is nothing that I love more than the art on old timetables. And when I say old – I mean old – like 1800’s old. SmartCat has a few of these old timetables on display, including the oldest timetable I personally own – printed in 1865. There is just...