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Album of Central Vermont R.R. Scenery
1 Album of Central Vermont R.R. Scenery
Portland, Maine Chisholm Bros. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1890. 15 by 12.5 cm. Twelve panels with images, stretching out to about 140 cm. With 27 images (using a photo lithographic process, as typical of such souvenir or travel-related leporellos of the period). Shown are both man-made landmarks and natural settings. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Riley Elevated Railway System
2 The Riley Elevated Railway System
Boston W. S. Best & Co., printer for The Riley Railway Construction Company 1887 First Edition Thick card bound with two brass clasps Very Good 
A rare piece of illustrated Bostoniana and railroad ephemera. Including several items, for this was a working set of documents at one time. The primary document, carrying the title given above, is a prospectus for a proposed subway system to run through Boston. Also included are a 19 page transcript of an 1891 meeting considering this proposed system, and two other prior reports. The prospectus is oblong, 11 by 14 inches, 28 by 36 cm. Unpaginated. Seven leaves of text, 32 plates. A promotional brochure for a proposed elevated railway system to run through Boston. The Riley system was a single post system; in other words, the tracks would be held aloft by a single post, much like a monorail. The brochure boasts how this system is economical, allows for greater light, and lends itself to being dressed up ornamentally. For Boston, the system offered the advantage of being well-suited to the narrower streets. Also, as a system run on electricity, it would offer advantages of cleanliness and quiet. At the time of this proposal, Boston had only horse-drawn streetcar lines. This company lost out on its bid for the electrical system to Thomson-Houston, and little was heard of the company afterward, meaning it soon went out of business. Still, the prospectus offers a great glimpse at a piece of transportation history. Of the 32 plates, six picture the system running through city streets, the seaside or a mountainous location. The remainder of the plates show the cars, including are more technical drawings of the system itself, including a cross-section of the railway cars themselves. A few closed tears of the leaves. The wraps have soiling, with scuff marks and a small hole on the spine. 
Price: 2800.00 USD
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