Big release of US and Canadian timetables

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Timetable World

Train Attendant
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Great Britain
You can now find a huge trove of US and Canadian timetables and maps on Timetable World.

It has taken a while to establish links with US collectors, and to process the material that was offered. But it has been worth the wait. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Amtrak: Now in its 50th year, you will find every summer and winter national timetable since the national US carrier was formed. Timetables for each decade are grouped together to facilitate easy comparison
  • VIA: Again, every timetable for the Canadian carrier, grouped by decade.
  • Official Guides: The monthly Guide commenced publication in 1868. Timetable World now has a collection of over 70 editions spread over the century 1869 -1969, the most comprehensive set available anywhere online. The Guide is a fascinating book, complicated to navigate, but there is an introductory article on the Timetable World front page to introduce it. Only a few Guides have been indexed so far, so we recommend starting your exploration with the October 1923 edition which does have bookmarks.
  • Canadian railways: CP, CN and Grand Trunk. Although they are represented in the Guide, these major companies published their own timetables too.
  • Railway maps: There are 120 historical maps, many of them colourful, that are in addition to the black-only maps embedded in the Official Guides. Some are regional maps of states and provinces, published on behalf of the various railroad commissioners. Others are posters published by the railroad companies. And there are a few local maps, such as one that shows the extensive electrified networks around New York City in 1908.
The timetables and maps are laid out as a grid, rather like microfiche. Users are encouraged to spend a bit of time learning the navigation tools, so you can zoom, pan, and jump quickly. Try taking snapshots of pages (after registering) and create links to page locations that can be shared and re-used.

The grid style is designed for speedy online exploration. It is fast, even when bandwidth is restricted, because only small parts of the whole image are delivered to your device as needed. Around 25% of users browse Timetable World on touchscreen hand-held devices, a share that is likely to grow. The PDF format, although familiar, cannot match the performance.

Timetable World is a collaborative project. You can sign up online to undertake a timetable indexing job. If you have timetables to share, and particularly if you can do some scanning, please use the email address on the website. The only significant gap in Official Guides is 1900-1910 but we would like to offer more company-published schedules and employee timetables.

The graphic shows what 10 years of Amtrak timetables looks like - before you zoom in.

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20th Century Rider

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You can now find a huge trove of US and Canadian timetables and maps on Timetable World.

It has taken a while to establish links with US collectors, and to process the material that was offered. But it has been worth the wait. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Amtrak: Now in its 50th year, you will find every summer and winter national timetable since the national US carrier was formed. Timetables for each decade are grouped together to facilitate easy comparison
  • VIA: Again, every timetable for the Canadian carrier, grouped by decade.
  • Official Guides: The monthly Guide commenced publication in 1868. Timetable World now has a collection of over 70 editions spread over the century 1869 -1969, the most comprehensive set available anywhere online. The Guide is a fascinating book, complicated to navigate, but there is an introductory article on the Timetable World front page to introduce it. Only a few Guides have been indexed so far, so we recommend starting your exploration with the October 1923 edition which does have bookmarks.
  • Canadian railways: CP, CN and Grand Trunk. Although they are represented in the Guide, these major companies published their own timetables too.
  • Railway maps: There are 120 historical maps, many of them colourful, that are in addition to the black-only maps embedded in the Official Guides. Some are regional maps of states and provinces, published on behalf of the various railroad commissioners. Others are posters published by the railroad companies. And there are a few local maps, such as one that shows the extensive electrified networks around New York City in 1908.
The timetables and maps are laid out as a grid, rather like microfiche. Users are encouraged to spend a bit of time learning the navigation tools, so you can zoom, pan, and jump quickly. Try taking snapshots of pages (after registering) and create links to page locations that can be shared and re-used.

The grid style is designed for speedy online exploration. It is fast, even when bandwidth is restricted, because only small parts of the whole image are delivered to your device as needed. Around 25% of users browse Timetable World on touchscreen hand-held devices, a share that is likely to grow. The PDF format, although familiar, cannot match the performance.

Timetable World is a collaborative project. You can sign up online to undertake a timetable indexing job. If you have timetables to share, and particularly if you can do some scanning, please use the email address on the website. The only significant gap in Official Guides is 1900-1910 but we would like to offer more company-published schedules and employee timetables.

The graphic shows what 10 years of Amtrak timetables looks like - before you zoom in.

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Wow... this is awesome... and like you said... a real treasure trove! ☺ ;)🙏
 

Palmland

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A what a great resource. I find it easy to navigate even without the index on the OGR.

However, I signed up, I thought. When I try to sign in it says I need to activate the account using the email they sent to me. No such email, and it's not in junk email. This was several hours ago and still no email.
 

20th Century Rider

Conductor
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A what a great resource. I find it easy to navigate even without the index on the OGR.

However, I signed up, I thought. When I try to sign in it says I need to activate the account using the email they sent to me. No such email, and it's not in junk email. This was several hours ago and still no email.
I just copied and downloaded their address in my bookmarks. Navigate by zooming in... and take a screenshot of what you want to save. A lot of these sites have somewhat dated technology... so I find this the best way for me. A lot of the maps are pre 1900. Do others have more info or tips?
 

Timetable World

Train Attendant
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Great Britain
A what a great resource. I find it easy to navigate even without the index on the OGR.

However, I signed up, I thought. When I try to sign in it says I need to activate the account using the email they sent to me. No such email, and it's not in junk email. This was several hours ago and still no email.
You're good to log in using the credentials you supplied yesterday. We've confirmed your account. (Please enter your email address lowercase only.)
 
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