So I was googling around yesterday, trying to find information about railroads in the 1880′s for the book I’m working on. I’ve googled this many times, and didn’t think I’d come up with any better information than I have before, namely exactly what lines were operating at what times. But I was wrong. I found this wonderful website, chock full of all kinds of information, which I really need to share.
For anyone in need, it has lots and lots of maps.
Also, I realized that I never shared some other information, or at least pictures, of a museum I traveled to last year with my (ever patient with my history addiction) family. It’s the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Co. It’s wonderful in that you get to tour trains from by-gone days. They also have an extensive library, with a very nice and helpful librarian. I was sad because I only had a couple of hours and there was so much I wanted to look at and read! Actually, everybody was very nice. When my husband mentioned that I’m a historical romance writer and I really wanted to get into private train car they had, but wasn’t part of the tour, they got a key and let me in. They were, I expect, in the middle of renovating it, thus it not being open, so these pictures may not reflect how it looks now. But I was so very grateful to them. Enjoy, and please forgive me for being a terrible picture taker.
These are regular seats, not part of the private car.
Part of the parlor.
More of the parlor
Kitchen. It was actually quite large, and the pictures don’t do it justice.
Another view of the kitchen. You’ll see electric outlets, added later I expect but am not sure. I believe the original dating on this car was about 1880
Bathroom. Yes, that is my reflection in the mirror. The bathroom had a shower. Whether or not this was part of the car in this period, or added later, I don’t know.
A bedroom. Notice the wood paneling and storage area.
And I expect most people don’t need to see this, but I did! The toilet:
And here’s a picture I got off a plaque–don’t know why I didn’t get a regular picture. The observation room.
Another bedroom taken off a plaque before they let me into the car. Yes, those are raindrops mess up the picture. It always rains on us when we tour anything.
And finally, the back the car:
These photos don’t really represent the car as much as I would like. I was taking them for my own use in writing my novel, but if you notice the gleaming woodwork, you’ll get a better idea of the luxurious traveling in this car. Here’s the information on the car, per the website.
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Business Car No. 96 (S)
No. 96 was built by CB&Q as a traveling office with overnight accommodations and kitchen facilities. Up to twelve officers, board members or friends of the railroad could travel in quiet comfort to cities and towns served by the railroad.
Oh and finally–I mean really finally this time, a picture of the telegraph office:
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