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The "Best Friend," the first locomotive built in the United States for actual service on a railroad. The "Best Friend," the first locomotive built in the United States for actual service on a railroad. Wood engr. In William H. Brown, History of the First Locomotives in America, 1877.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2508
The "West Point," the second locomotive built in the United States for actual service on a railroad The "West Point," the second locomotive built in the United States for actual service on a railroad. Wood engr. In William H. Brown, History of the First Locomotives in America, 1877.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2509
Types of American locomotives: 1804-1876 Types of American locomotives: 1804-1876. Repro. of pen & ink drawing by Theodore West, 1886.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1402
First railway train in Pennsylvania, drawn by "Old Ironsides" First railway train in Pennsylvania, drawn by "Old Ironsides" on the Phila. Germ. & Norr. R. R. First Trip, 23rd November, 1832. (With portrait of Matthias W. Baldwin). Phototype by F. Gutekunst, 1883.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1397
View of the first American railway train View of the first American railway train. Lith. By Sage, Sons & Co.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1344
View of the first American railway train (Silhouette) View of the first American railway train. (Silhouette). Lith. By Leggo & Company, after 1885.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1141
Accident on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, near Burlington, N. J. Accident on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, near Burlington, N. J. "Drawn on the spot immediately after the accident." Lith. By John Collins, 1855.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1383
Breaking through a snow-drift, at Wellington Hill Depot Breaking through a snow-drift, at Wellington Hill Depot. Wood engr. In Ballou's, Feb. 16, 1856.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2755
Proposed railway around New York Island Proposed railway around New York Island. Lith. by Henry C. Eno, 1864,
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1386
Accident on the Pennsylvania Central Railroad Accident on the Pennsylvania Central Railroad. Wood engr. In Harper's, Feb.6, 1864.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1395
The completion of the Pacific rail road: The ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah, May 10, 1869 The completion of the Pacific rail road: The ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah, May 10, 1869. Wood engr. In Leslie's, June 5, 1869, after A. J. Russell.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-793
On the plains.  A station scene on the Union Pacific Railway. On the plains. A station scene on the Union Pacific Railway. Wood engr. In Leslie's, Dec. 11, 1869.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2914
Scene at the Union Pacific railroad depot at Omaha City, Nebraska Scene at the Union Pacific railroad depot at Omaha City, Nebraska. Wood engr. In Leslie's, Feb. 15, 1868.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2163
Across the continent on the Pacific Railroad.  Dining saloon of the hotel express train. Across the continent on the Pacific Railroad. Dining saloon of the hotel express train. Wood engr. In Leslie's, Jan. 15, 1870.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2915
The express train. The express train. Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1870.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1290
Prairie fires of the great west. Prairie fires of the great west. Lith. by Currier & Ives, 1872.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-4037
Number Twenty Nine.  (Music cover). Number Twenty Nine. (Music cover). Lith. by J. E. Baker, 1871.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1724
American railroad scene.  Snow bound. American railroad scene. Snow bound. Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1872.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2041
American railroad scene.  Lightning express trains leaving the junction. American railroad scene. Lightning express trains leaving the junction. Lith. by Currier & Ives, 1874.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-635
[Locomotive engine & tender] [Locomotive engine & tender]. Lith. by W. J. Morgan & Co., 1874.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1349
The Fast Mail. The Fast Mail. Lith. by J.A. Burch, 1875.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1368
A nightmare in the sleeping car. (Cartoon) A nightmare in the sleeping car. (Cartoon) Lith. by Currier & Ives, 1875.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1379
A short stop at a way station. The polite conductor. (Cartoon) A short stop at a way station. The polite conductor. (Cartoon) Lith. by Currier & Ives, 1875.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1378
Waking up the wrong passenger. (Cartoon) Waking up the wrong passenger. (Cartoon) Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1875.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1377
Types of American locomotive: 1876-1884 Types of American locomotive: 1876-1884. Repro. of Pen & Ink drawing by Theodore West, 1886.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1403
Night scene at an American railway junction.  Lightning Express, Flying Mail and Owl Trains, "On Time" Night scene at an American railway junction. Lightning Express, Flying Mail and Owl Trains, "On Time". Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1876.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1367
The only route via Niagara Falls & Suspension bridge The only route via Niagara Falls & Suspension bridge. Lith. By Clay, Cosack & Co., 1876.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1730
[Observance of Sunday on a train of the Pacific Railroad] [Observance of Sunday on a train of the Pacific Railroad]. Wood engr. In La Ilustration Espanola y Americana. Apr. 30, 1876.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1080
A character scene in the immingrant waiting-room of the Union Pacific Railroad depot at Omaha A character scene in the immingrant waiting-room of the Union Pacific Railroad depot at Omaha. Wood engr. In Leslie's, Aug. 18. 1877.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2916
Ten minutes for refreshments. Ten minutes for refreshments. Repro. In Harper's, Dec. 2, 1876, of painting by Knut Ekwall.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-5363
A kiss in the dark. (Cartoon) A kiss in the dark. (Cartoon) Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1881.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1382
Chicago & Alton R. R. The great palace reclining chair route. Chicago & Alton R. R. The great palace reclining chair route. Lith. By Ballin & Liebler.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1371
The Pacific Express operates over Southwest System Missouri Pacific Ry The Pacific Express operates over Southwest System Missouri Pacific Ry. (Advertisement) Lith.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1723
To all who travel by the ... (Advertisement) To all who travel by the ... (Advertisement) Lith. By J.M.W. Jones S. & P. Co., 1882.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-766
The world's railroad scene. (Advertisement) The world's railroad scene. (Advertisement) Lith. By Swain & Lewis, 1882
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1348
The danger signal The danger signal. Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1884.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1366
A "Limited express". "Five seconds for refreshments"! (Cartoon) A "Limited express". "Five seconds for refreshments"! (Cartoon) Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1884.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1381
Night scene on the New York Central Railroad.  American Express Company's special express train. Night scene on the New York Central Railroad. American Express Company's special express train. Lith. By J. W. Pratt & Co., 1884.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1729
A wild cat train. No stop overs. (Cartoon) A wild cat train. No stop overs. (Cartoon) Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1884.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1376
Crossed by "A milk train" Crossed by "A milk train." (Cartoon). Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1885.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1373
More plucky than prudent. (Cartoon). More plucky than prudent. (Cartoon). Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1885.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1380
Night scene at a junction Night scene at a junction. Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1885.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2043
Wrecked by a cow catcher. (Cartoon) Wrecked by a cow catcher. (Cartoon). Lith. By Currier & Ives, 1885.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1375
The modern ship of the plains. (Interior of a railroad car). The modern ship of the plains. (Interior of a railroad car). Wood engr. In Harper's, Nov. 13, 1886, after R. F. Zogbaum.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2169
Presidential train Presidential train. Photo. By C.M. Bell, 1887.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1396
[Girl holding doll and boy with dog in waiting room at railroad station]. (Advertisement for the St. Louis and San Francisco R. R.) [In the waiting room]. (Advertisement for the St. Louis and San Francisco R. R.). Lith. By The Strobridge Litho. Co., 1899.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1372
Penn'a R.R. car shop's, Altoona, Pennsylvania, 1895 Penn'a R.R. car shop's, Altoona, Pennsylvania, 1895. Lith. By T.M. Fowler & James Moyer, 1895.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1411
Buffet, smoking and library car Buffet, smoking and library car. Photo. By Detroit Photographic Co., 1900.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-1393

 

For additional images:
  • See the Thesaurus for Graphic Materials term "Railroads" in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog [view term (includes links to images)]
  • In addition, search on the names of particular railroad companies in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
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