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LHL Digital Collections
The Railroad Collections
Railroad Journals of the 19th Century
The expansion of railroads in the 19th century was concomitant with an expansion of communications in the periodical literature that gave rise to such publications as American Railroad Journal and Mechanics Magazine. This collection presents these and other journals that contain a wealth of information on the evolution of railroad technology in words and images.
 
Railroad Maps and Plans
These detailed maps and bold graphic imagery illustrate the enthusiasm developers brought to the new mode of transportation.
 
Railroad Images
This collection highlights landmarks in the evolution of the railroad, from the 16th century woodcut of mine wagons in Agricola's De Re Metallica to William Maw's 19th century Chanute Bridge in Kansas City, Missouri. These images were originally selected for the the exhibition Locomotion: Railroads in the Early Age of Steam.
The Railroad Collections are part of the online exhibition The Transcontinental Railroad: A History of Railroad Technology, which was made possible by BNSF Railway.
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