Wabash Pre-War Blotters

The Wabash Railroad had lines to Toledo, Buffalo, Omaha, Des Moines, and upstate Michigan. But today’s blotters from Dale Hastin’s collection all advertise either its trains between Kansas City and St. Louis or between St. Louis and Chicago. Click any image to download a PDF of that blotter; all PDFs are between 0.3 and 0.6 megabytes.

The first blotter lists three trains a day from St. Louis to Kansas City and emphasizes that Wabash uses “all-steel equipment.” Steel passenger cars began replacing wood ones in about 1910 and the transition was complete on most major railroads by the 1920s, so I’d guess this blotter was from the 1910s.

Another blotter advertising three “all-steel trains,” and the schedules are the same as the previous blotter, so they probably came out in or around the same year.

This blotter advertises four trains, instead of three, between St. Louis and Kansas City. Since it says nothing about all-steel trains, I would guess it is from a later year than the previous blotters, indicating that the Wabash increased its train frequency. American use of passenger trains reach a peak in around 1920 and I would guess this blotter is from the 1920s.

Another four-trains blotter, this one with schedules from Kansas City to St. Louis instead of the other way around.

The Midnight Limited was an overnight train from Chicago to St. Louis. Note from a previous blotter that Wabash used the same name for a train from St. Louis to Kansas City.

Finally, the Banner Limited was a daylight train from Chicago to St. Louis. Both of these blotters are probably from the 1920s.


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