New York Central Harlem Division 1912 Timetable

The Harlem division was the first track of what became the New York Central. Starting in downtown Manhattan, it began as the world’s first streetcar line (powered by horses) in 1831 and reached Chatham, New York, by 1852. Although a route along the Hudson River eventually became the New York Central’s main line, NYC subsidiary Boston & Alban ran trains over the Harlem Division through to Albany.

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This timetable shows nearly 50 commuter trains a day from Grand Central Terminal to White Plains, with some going beyond White Plains but only five reaching as far as Chatham and four going on to Albany. Sunday schedules were far less frequent but Saturday was considered a weekday, as the five-day work week had not yet become common. Continue reading

Wartime Guide to Grand Central Terminal

This brochure opens up to show a cutaway view of New York Central’s greater terminal. I’m not sure what is different about it that makes this a wartime view except for some of the numbers of travelers and telegrams that increased during the war.

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The brochure has no explicit date but obviously was from sometime around 1942 through 1945.

New Haven 1915 Timetable

Like yesterday’s timetable, this one is for “lines west of New London and Willimantec. It has shrunk to 28 pages, but I’ll leave it to someone else to take the time to figure out which trains are missing.

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Both this timetable and yesterday’s are among those rail publications that put the “front” cover, shown above, on the back. The real front cover, in this case, is a full-page ad which, since there were no similar ads in the 1912 timetable, suggests that even more trains were dropped than indicated by the reduced number of pages in the publication.

New Haven 1912 Timetable

This 32-page timetable is packed with tiny print providing schedules on countless branch lines, yet it only covers “lines west of New London and Willimantic,” Connecticut. Another 32 pages were probably needed to cover the New Haven’s dense network of lines in Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts.

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In 1912, the New Haven had recently completed the acquisition of 50 other railroads, resulting in a 2,000-mile system that monopolized rail travel in Connecticut, Rhode Island, much of Massachusetts, and parts of New York. Buying those railroads increased the company’s debt by 17 times, leaving the company in poor shape to deal with competition with the automobiles Henry Ford would begin producing on moving assembly lines in 1913.

Yet Another Three Union Pacific Menus

These are all 1971 dinner menus marked for the City of Los Angeles. The first, which is dated January, has one of my favorite Union Pacific photos of Bryce as it is in the canyon rather than taken from the rim like most others. I didn’t find this particular spot on my own visit to Bryce in 2015, but that’s probably because I was on the hiking trails and not the horse trails. We’ve previously seen this cover on a 1970 lunch menu.


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All three of these menus are identical on the inside and include both table d’hôte and a la carte sections, possibly because UP stopped using dome diners in the last few months of its passenger operations. The entrées on the table d’hôte side include salmon, ham steak, fried chicken, and of course the special sirloin steak dinner. Continue reading

Three More Union Pacific Menus

Here are three more menus, all of which were used on the City of Los Angeles. First is a 1967 dinner menu similar to two of yesterday’s menus in that there is no a la carte section. However, four of the five entrées are different: brook trout, ham, fried chicken, and prime rib. The chef’s salad bowl is off the menu, but it may have been advertised on a different menu.


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We’ve previously seen this purple cover on 1970 lunch and 1971 dinner menus for the City of Los Angeles. Continue reading

Three Union Pacific Menus

Here are three menus whose covers we’ve seen before but which offer different menus on the inside. First is a 1963 City of Los Angeles dinner menu with Sun Valley’s golf course on the cover, which we previously saw on a 1965 coffee shop menu.


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A couple of days ago, I noted that the coffee shop menus of this era had a lot of variety, and that was partly to make up for the fact that the dining car menu shown here only had five table d’hôte meals and no a la carte. I wonder if that was due to some limitation of the dome dining cars or if the dome diners were so popular that UP wanted to route the riff raff to the coffee shop cars. Continue reading

UP 1965 Golden Gate Lunch Menu

I was surprised to find this menu as I had never seen one like it before. No doubt there are still others not on my checklist, which now has 124 confirmed menu covers in the color wrap-around photo series, 115 of which are in my collection. Even more surprisingly, and unlike almost every other menu featuring photos of the San Francisco Bay Area, this one was not used on the City of San Francisco but the City of Los Angeles.


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Being a lunch menu, this one does not offer a special steak dinner. Yet it does have a greater variety than many dining car dinner menus. Plate lunches include filet of sole, hot beef sandwich, chicken ala king, fruit plate with cottage cheese, and chef’s salad bowl, all with various trimmings. All of these are either $2.00 or $2.10, about $16 in today’s money. Continue reading

Union Pacific 1963 Coffee Shop Menu

This was on my 2016 list of missing menus, so I’m glad I was able to find it. The interior menu has a code in the lower right that says, “DEN SC 17-18 1E-2W 5-63.” I’m not sure what that all means, but I presume 5-63 means it was printed in May, 1963 and 17-18 may refer to the Portland Rose, which in 1964 went between Portland and Cheyenne, where it was split up and combined with other trains going to Chicago and St. Louis.


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The menu has a stiff card stapled on the upper left corner offering a “Special Steak Dinner” for $3.75 (about $30 in today’s money). I decided not to risk damaging the item by removing it. Underneath the card is “Fountain Menu” offering ice cream for 35 cents and an ice cream cone for 15 cents (must have been a small cone). Continue reading

UP 1949 Dude Ranch Dinner Menu

In the past year, I’ve only managed to add three new color, wrap-around photo menus to my collection. Two of them, including this one, aren’t even on my missing menus list. Although I call this the Dude Ranch menu, it wasn’t used at a dude ranch but merely shows one, in Jackson Hole, on the cover.

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The menu was used on a “Dairy Industry Special Train” on October 31, 1949. Appropriate for the date, someone has stuck a Hallowe’en sticker showing a black cat and a jack-o-lantern on the inside opposite a Union Pacific logo that was also a sticker. The menu itself is a conventional unpriced table d’hôte dinner menu offering a choice of salmon, ham steak, or roast turkey. Dessert was a choice of peach cobbler (yum), chocolate sundae, figs and cream, or a cheese tray with toasted saltines (boring).