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The Road of the Century
The Story of the New York Central

by
Alvin F. Harlow

Table of Illustrations

The printed edition has no table of illustrations, but since there are so many of these it seemed useful to have one.

The page numbers below are those on which the image appears in the printed book. Those followed by letters indicate a photograph in one of the glossy signatures gathered after various pages: 144D2 is the 2nd photograph on page 4 of the group following p144. In this Web transcription, not being restricted by print limitations, I've moved these to an appropriate location in the text, and some of the others as well.

For the most part, the captions given here are as printed, or close adaptations; when my own, they're in italics.

Drawings and Photographs

A train rounding the base of Anthony's Nose, in the Washington Irving Country

frontispiece

First Mohawk & Hudson ticket office at Albany

14

The "Experiment", for which Jervis invented the pivoted front truck

18

An oddity built by David Matthew for the Mohawk & Hudson

21

An 1842 fare advertisement for the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad

30

"Lightning", Utica & Schenectady speed demon with 7‑foot drivers

32

Batavia: one of the earliest locomotives of the Tonawanda Railroad, 1837

49

President, an early McQueen locomotive on the New York Central

86

First Central Station at Rochester

109

New York Central Pioneers

112A

Early Stations
First Mohawk & Hudson Station at Schenectady, 1831
Syracuse, 1839
Detroit
Cleveland
Indianapolis
Columbus
New York & Harlaem-New Haven station (1857‑70)

112B
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Mohawk & Hudson advertisement, 1834; and Michigan Central announcement of 1840

112C

First bridge across the Hudson at Albany, opened 1866

112D1

Lincoln funeral train leaving New York via Hudson River Railroad, 1865

112D2

A New York & Harlaem snow-plow, 1870

112D3

Granite and strap iron rail laid on New York & Harlaem track, 1832

116

Tryon Row Station of the New York & Harlaem, 1839

128

The Champlain, one of the six original engines of the Hudson River Railroad

143

A Lake Shore poster of 1870

144A

NYC & HR bridge over Harlem River, 1875

144B1

Wooden viaduct between Observatory Hill tunnel and the Harlem River in the 1870's

144B2

Michigan Central poster of 1870

144C

Utica & Black River Railroad station at Utica in 1865

144D1

The Bee Line, still using some inside-drive locomotives in the 1860s

144D2

The all-white Fast Mail Train of 1875

144D3

The Croton, a Hudson River speedster of 1851

152

A Hudson River Railroad mail train advertisement, 1853

155

An illustrated weekly artist's idea of a New York Central sleeping car in the 1860's

178

Michigan Central passenger car about 1848

219

Anti-Vanderbilt Cartoon from the Canadian Illustrated News, 1876

237

The Vanderbilt Dynasty

240A

"Septuple-header" with snow-plow, between Rochester and Syracuse during snow blockade of 1877

240B1

The Ashtabula Disaster (a contemporaneous image montage)

240B2

Niagara Suspension Bridge, completed in 1855

240C1

Michigan Central train stop at Falls View, or Inspiration Point, to give passengers a look at Niagara

240C2

Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana conductors in 1864

240D1

Grand Central Station yardmaster, switch tower and dispatcher, as seen by Leslie's Weekly in 1889

240D2

Two dining car menu headings of the 1870's

240D3

First advertisement of the Erie & Kalamazoo, 1837

246

First train on the Erie & Kalamazoo, 1837: the so‑called "Gothic" passenger car

248

Governor Marcy, a Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana wood-burner

257

Vulcan, an all-driver machine of the Buffalo & State Line Railroad

268

Dedication of the St. Johns Park freight terminal, 1869

272A1

Weehawken yards of the West Shore in 1885, and West Shore locomotive No. 1

272A2

Upper Park Avenue in the 1870's, with the railroad underneath

272B1

First Grand Central Station, completed in 1871

272B2

Locomotives of Yesteryear

272C

Railroad Presidents

272D

A pass signed by the Commodore himself

292

The Saxon, a Lake Shore & Michigan Southern speed king in the 1880's

295

Sandusky, the Mad River & Lake Erie's first locomotive, which set the track gauge for all Ohio

342

NYC trains for decades traversed the main street of Syracuse

368A1

Freight trains used to creep through Eleventh Avenue in New York preceded by a red-flagged herald on horseback

368A2

A Toledo & Ohio Central freight train braving the flood of 1889

368B1

What the great flood of 1913 did at West Columbus

368B2

The Twentieth Century Limited

368C1

The silver-steel Empire State Express

368C2

Pacemaker, the rose-and‑gray, mile-a‑minute freight train, here 75 cars long

368C3

Modern Stations

368D

A Bee Line handbill of 1884

369

Grand Central Station: Exterior

400A1

Grand Central Station: The Concourse

400A2

Modern Locomotives and a Rail Car

400B

Recent Executives and a Passenger Agent

400C

The World's most famous Train

400D

First advertisement of Red Cap service, 1896

408

Maps


[image ALT: A railroad map of most of the northeastern United States, from Boston and New York City to Chicago and St. Louis, from Montreal and Mackinaw to Cairo, IL, Louisville, and Charleston, WV. It is a map of the New York Central system in 1900.]

The New York Central System, 1947

[A larger, fully readable version opens here (1.4 MB).]

This map was printed as the front and back endpaper; it proved impossible to scan the spine area.

Map showing the several railroads consolidated into the New York Central Railroad in 1853

76

Michigan Central: "The Niagara Falls Route" in 1890

243

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad in 1890

305

New York Central & Hudson River Railroad in 1890

332

1895 map of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway

394

Boston & Albany, as in 1900

399

The New York Central System, 1947

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