New York: New York Central & Hudson River Railroad Co., 1893. Wraps. Hudson River Railroad guidebook for the line that runs from New York City up along the Hudson River, with large folding 1893 2 color map showing the line's connections to the West, from Albany to Buffalo, and on to Chicago, with connecting lines to Cincinnati and St. Louis.
The Hudson River Railroad was considered highly impractical, since so much of the route had to be cut through extremely hard rock, and because the line would have to compete with the existing river steamboats. It was built and opened in stages, from 1849 to 1851. It opened on the 29th of September, 1849 for passengers between New York and Peekskill, a distance of 40 miles.
The guidebook with much descriptive text on sites along the line (Garrison, West Point), with in text illustrations, as well as a section on Utah and Yellowstone, and "A Trip to Japan" (6pp). Many tours are listed here, from the Adirondacks Ausable Station, to Watch Hill RI, with rates; also railroad and steamship lines, steamboat and stage lines, and miscellaneous information (boarding houses, hotels, commutation ticket rates, school ticket rates, stop over privileges, etc). A wonderful section on Grand Central Station Terminal facilities, showing the original terminal with its towers (pp 228 - 240).
8vo, 349 pp, advertisements XCVII, folding map "Saguenay River Line", b&w printed photographic illustrations throughout. In the publisher's green printed illustrated paper wrappers, with "Four Track Series, No. 5" printed at the top of the front cover, advertisement for the Hudson Highlands on rear cover, and railroad advertisements printed inside front and rear covers. Early unobtrusive, library number label OCLC: 4681601. Very good + condition. Item #24845