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Railroad Research Sources on the Internet

Page Last Modififed: Monday, June 1, 2015

Scanned Books: [Poor's Manuals] [Other Manuals] [Official Guides] [Other Guides] [Railway Equipment Register] [Annual Reports] [Other Books]
Maps: [Maps]

Scanned Books

Note that both Google Books and archive.org are constantly adding new full text scans to their collections. It never hurts to check their websites to see if something new has been added.

Google Books are generally available as .pdf files and as .epub's; archive.org books are usually in a variety of file formats, including .pdf, .epub, .djvu and plain (OCR'ed) text.

Poor's Manual of Railroads

This section last modified Monday, November 14, 2011.

Google Books has scanned and made available several editions of Poor's Manuals, while archive.org has a great many more from the 1880-1906 period. Google also currently has a large number of volumes that are available only in snippet view, not full text.

  • 1868-1869 - identified by Google as Volume 1
    Alternate link - different version.
  • 1874-1875 - identified by archive.org as Volume 1874-75
  • 1876-1877 -identified by archive.org as Volume 1876-1876
  • 1877-1878 identified by archive.org as Volume 10-11
  • 1878 - identified by archive.org as Volume 11
  • 1880 - identified by archive.org as Volume 1880
  • 1881 - identified by archive.org as Volume 14
  • 1882 - identified by archive.org as Volume 15
  • 1884 - identified by archive.org as Volume 17
  • 1885 - identified by archive.org as Volume 18
  • 1887 - identified by archive.org as Volume 20
  • 1889 - identified by Google as Volume 22
  • 1891 - identified by archive.org as Volume 24
  • 1892 - identified by archive.org as Volume 25
  • 1893 - identified by archive.org as Volume 26
  • 1894 - identified by archive.org as Volume 27
  • 1894 -identifed by Google as Volume 27
  • 1895 - identified by archive.org as Volume 28
  • 1896 - identified by archive.org as Volume 29
  • 1897 - identified by archive.org as Volume 30
  • 1898 - identified by archive.org as Volume 31
  • 1899 - identified by archive.org as Volume 32
  • 1900 - identified by Google as Volume 33
  • 1901 - identified by archive.org as Volume 34
  • 1902 - identified by archive.org as Volume 35
  • 1903 - identified by archive.org as Volume 36
  • 1917 - identified by Google as Volume 50 - Title identifies this as Poor's Intermediate Manual of Railroads
  • 1920 - identified by Google as Volume 53
  • 1921 - identified by Google as Volume 54
  • 1922 - identified by Google as Volume 55

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Other Railway Manuals

This section last modified Wednesday, June 1, 2015.

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  • American Street Railway Investments

    Official Guide of the Railways

    This section last modified Monday, July 22, 2013.

    Google Books has scanned and made available a number of editions of the Official Guide of the Railways. Others are available only in snippet view. There are currently no Official Guides on archive.org, other than some linked to Google Books. Note: Many libraries bound their Official Guides into hard cover books. As a result, a single bound volume (scanned as one volume by Google) may contain 2, 3 or more separate months. Because of the duplicated page numbers, it can be difficult to access the later months except by downloading the entire volume.

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    Other Railway Guides

    This section last modified Monday, December 8, 2014.

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    Official Railway Equipment Register

    This section last modified Monday, October 20, 2014

    Google has scanned a number of these; the full text versions are mostly 1901-1917 with a few in the 1890's. Note: Many libraries bound their Official Railway Equipment Registers into hard cover booka. As a result, a single bound volume (scanned as one volume by Google) may contain 2, 3 or more separate months. Because of the duplicated page numbers, it can sometimes be difficult to access the later months except by downloading the entire volume.

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    Annual Reports - State Commissions

    This section last modified Wednesday, December 8, 2014.

    The following lists are only a small part of what is available (and more is added every week).

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    Annual Reports - Companies

    This section last modified Wednesday, October 23, 2012.

    The following lists are only a small part of what is available (and more is added every week).

    Note that libraries often bound multiple years of the annual reports into a single volume, so a single scanned book on google or archive.org often includes several year's reports. Because of the duplicated page numbers, it can sometimes be difficult to access the later years except by downloading the entire volume.

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    Other Railway Books

    This section last modified Monday, June 1, 2015.

    The following lists are only a small part of what is available (and more is added every week).

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    Maps

    This section last modified Saturday, November 30, 2013.

    Scanned Books: [Poor's Manuals] [Other Manuals] [Official Guides] [Other Guides] [Annual Reports] [Other Books] [Railway Equipment Register]
    Maps: [Maps]

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