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SmartCat Sundays: New York Central Company Manners History

Railfans are an interesting bunch – found within the group of us are all different types. Some like to ride trains and collect “rare mileage.” Others eschew riding the trains altogether so they can get that perfect photo of it. Some build their old memories in models, and others do...

SmartCat, your guide to the Harlem Line 2

SmartCat, your guide to the Harlem Line History

Several years ago when I really started getting interested in the history of the Harlem Line, and began collecting old timetables and artifacts, I had the grand idea that I would create a “digital museum” for the line. Although I attempted it with the “Harlem Line Historical Archives,” the archives...

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Early Harlem Line Timetables, and new timetable catalog Trains History

Quite a while ago I started up a minor project, what I called the Historical Archives. My goal was to collect as much old paper history of the Harlem Line and assemble a museum of sorts – timetables, maps, tickets, photos, and news articles – digitize it, and put it...

Friday’s From the Historical Archive: John M. Wisker 3

Friday’s From the Historical Archive: John M. Wisker Trains History

Last week I posted about the Park Avenue Tunnel Wreck in 1902. The engineer of the train involved in that wreck was named John M. Wisker. I was curious to know the fate of this man after the events of the wreck. He was put on trial for manslaughter for...

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Harlem Line Historical Archives Trains History

If you are an astute observer, you may have noticed several weeks ago that a new link appeared over on the right of the site, entitled the Harlem Line Historical Archives. Basically, I thought it would be kind of cool to scan a bunch of my old collected timetables, and...