New York: Interborough Rapid Transit Company, 1904. First edition. Hardcover. A volume in celebration of the completion of the first segment of the Interborough Rapid Transit underground railroad, the first regularly operated subway in New York City.
Construction of the subway began in 1900. The first day of operation was in October of 1904, with the opening of all stations from City Hall to 145th Street & Broadway on the West Side Branch. Subway riders were not entirely thrilled with the new service; a 1905 cartoon depicts a crowded platform and subway car labeled as the "Interborough Rattled Transit".
Illustrated with numerous large b&w printed photographs of the construction of the IRT. Contents include: the route; methods of construction; power house construction; the electrical supply; lighting systems for stations and tunnels; rolling stock; signals system; repair shed; and list of Subcontractors.
Folio, 150 pp, 4 pp List of Subcontractors, map, printed b&w photographs, diagrams and drawings throughout. Slight insect discoloration at outer edges of covers, chipped at spine ends, otherwise a very good copy in original gilt and blind stamped green cloth. Very good overall. Item #26083