Vintage Winter 1906 complete passenger train schedule for the Lake Shore Railroad - The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway - in two-fold booklet format. Featured are schedules for the famous express trains "The Twentieth Century Limited" and "The Lake Shore Limited".
Also contains schedules for all regular Lake Shore passenger service on through-trains between Boston and Chicago (via the New York Central and Boston & Albany Railroads) and between New York and Chicago (via the New York Central Railroad). Included are New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana branch line timetables; connecting railroad schedules; a and four panel fold-out map of all Lake Shore and New York Central connecting routes and branch lines.
The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway, sometimes referred to as the Lake Shore, was a major part of the New York Central Railroad's Water Level Route from Buffalo, NY to Chicago along the shore of Lake Erie (in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio) and across northern Indiana. It was formed in 1869 as a result of the merger of the several other railroads, and in 1914 merged again, this time with the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad to form a new New York Central Railroad. The Lake Shore provided an ideal extension of the New York Central main line from Buffalo west to Chicago, along with the route across southern Ontario (Canada Southern Railway and Michigan Central Railroad) lines.
The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger train operated by the New York Central Railroad from 1902 to 1967 between Grand Central Terminal in New York City and LaSalle Street Station in Chicago, Illinois along the famed "Water Level Route", that became known as a "National Institution" and the "Most Famous Train in the World". The NYC inaugurated this train as direct competition to the Pennsylvania Railroad, aimed at upper class as well as business travelers between the two cities. In 1906, the trip between Chicago and New York City on the 20th Century Limited was only 18 hours!
Particularly interesting in this timetable are the pages devoted to the 20th Century Limited amenities (such as the barbershop, "sponging" and pressing of clothes services, salt water baths - and a library!) and the detailed descriptions of service on all the named through trains on the route. On pages 3 and 4 is a nice two-page lithograph of Grand Central Station in New York. Inside the back cover is a lithograph of LaSalle Street Station in Chicago.
Booklet includes sleeping car, dining car and Pullman car information and rates; and amenity, baggage, customer service, fare and equipment information.
Two-fold booklet schedule is 52 pages, and measures 8-½" x 4".
PHOTO NOTE: The washed out texture of the images is a distortion of the scanning and photographic processes used, which frequently alter the sharper textures of the images on the actual card. The photo and scans also exaggerate the prominence of lightly soiled spots, as well as the size and texture of what are actually small creases and flaws, all of which are much less noticeable in person.
CONDITION NOTE: Very good condition, inside and out. The cover is loose at the top staple. Otherwise, the staples are in good condition, and the inside pages are secure. The back cover has a diagonal elongated crease along the upper left corner. Front and back covers, outside and inside, are soiled, particularly around the edges, and show light wear and foxing. The rest of the inside pages are lightly yellowed with age, but otherwise clean. There are two ticket-punch holes punched through the bottom center of most pages.
Item ID: 25-0621H
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