Special Books - Shippers Guides

Rails Unlimited has just reprinted another Shippers Guides. The Baltimore and Ohio and Alton Railroads

There are now a total of 23 shippers guides to chose from covering coast to coast.

These guides have two uses. First is an aid for historical research, both for locations and industries, and their railroads. The books also can be used for preparing accurate prototype waybills for model railroaders. All of the books have a comb binding allowing them to be opened flat, for easy use. A protective clear front cover and heavy leatherette rear cover protect the inside pages. A big thank you to various individuals sharing these original materials. There are plans for more guides in the future.

Shipping: 1 book $6.00, and for each additional book add $1.00 for shipping in continental USA.

A new shippers guide reprint is the Alton and B&O Railroad.NEW
BO_Alton_Guide.jpg The Baltimore and Ohio and Alton Railroads covered much of the North East and Midwest, USA. The B&O reached into New York State on the north and down into Virginia, W V, and Kentucky on the south, out to St Louis and Chicago on the west, and to the eastern seaboard on the East. The Alton allowed the B&O to extend to Kansas City, Mo. on the west and blanket Illinois with lines. This newly printed shippers guide combines both the Alton and B&O railroad in one book. The book is dated 1939 and has 237 total pages. The Alton section of the book is separate and has 84 pages. Industries are listed by commodity produced or consumed, then by state and town in order for that commodity. the book also lists livestock pens, track scales, icing stations, crane facilities and coal and coke operators. the book has a comb binding to open flat for easy use for historical research or making prototype waybills. This new book is $39.95 plus shipping.



A new shippers guide reprint is the Illinois Central Railroad.NEW
L&N Shipping Guide It is dated,1967 to 1970. This time frame is just before the merger of the GMO, when IC was at its full extent running into Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, on the north, and Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama at the south end. It was a big railroad serving many communities. The book is arranged by towns in alphabetical order. the first town is Abbeville, Miss with only one industry, and the last town is Zeigler, Il. with its coal mine and several normal community support industries. The book is large, being 285 pages. You can see over the years where pages were added and they have A, B and C suffixes. I also believe the industry listings are older than the dates suggest. In looking at my home town in Northwest Iowa, there are several industries from the 1940's that were no longer shipping or even in existence by 1967, that are listed, and by the same token a new industry in town, built in the late 1960's is included. So I would call this book a industry listing from the 1950's through 1970. This is a copy of a copy, so about 5% the pages are hard to read. As with past books it has a comb binding, so the 8x10" pages, lay flat when in use. These books are meant to be used as references and marked up as you see fit. This book is $34.95
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Louisville and Nashville: NEW
L&N Shipping Guide The Louisville and Nashville, is my first guide covering part of the southeastern US. You can see a photo of the cover below.
It covers the Louisville and Nashville RR, all the way from Illinois and Ohio to Florida and Louisiana, and all states in between. There are only two dates in the book, with the L&N map being dated 1939, so am guessing a per war publication date of 1940. The book has 163 pages, with a comb binding, so it opens flat for easy use.
The book is produced by Reynolds & Reynolds (printing) of Dayton, Oh. They have published several other books I sell, such as, UP, CNW, RI, and Milwaukee. The industries are listed by type, and then by state and town in alphabetical order. This L&N book seems to be more elaborate with a larger forward section, explaining industries along the L&N. There is also 6 pages listing LCL routes.
The book sells for $34.95. plus $5.00 shipping if needed. It is not on my website yet. Contact me off list to order any of the shippers guides. there are now twenty one titles.
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Chicago & North Western: NEW
Chicago & North Western Chicago and North Western Ry Directory of Industries. The 205 page book covers both the CNW and the Omaha Railways. Produced in 1941, the industries are listed by commodity type, such as "coal dealers", "grain elevators", "manufacturers" and etc. The CNW is in the front of the book and the Omaha is the rear 1/3 of the book. An interesting page claims in 1940 the shipment of livestock via train was safer than shipment via truck, referring to prewar road conditions. This book is $39.95
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Northern Pacific: NEW
Northern Pacific Northern Pacific Freight Traffic Department Industrial Guide. The 183 page book covers the entire NP and is dated 1954. This book was produced by the NP in 6x9" page size. The new book has the pages enlarged to 8x11" making it easier to read. The comb binding allows it to open flat for easy use.
The book is arranged by town, both competitive and none competitive points. Listing the industries in a town and which railroad or railroads that served the industry. At the rear of the book are three pages of notes about exceptions on certain industries. The 183 page book is $29.95.
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READING Company Freight Shippers Guide No. 1
Readingcover_001T (598K) Besides the Reading Railroad, it includes the Cornwall RR, the Ironton RR, and the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines. The book is dated 1954 and has 256 pages. The Listing is station by station in alphabetical order of the industries at each station. Has a list of Delaware River piers and maps of the railroad.
$29.95.



New York Central/ PLE Freight Delivery Circular 1-E
NYC1T (61K) The NYC/PLE covers a huge territory from Illinois and Missouri to the east coast in Massachusetts, Kentucky, Ontario and Quebec, Canada.. This is a large guide 376 pages, listing industries and team tracks. For any listed town, industries on adjoining railroads are also listed. Considering the broad geographical scope of this book, there is an amazing amount of industries listed. As an example, Pittsburgh, Pa. covers 6 pages to list all its industries. The book is dated 1963, still very much in the Zenith of classic era railroading. The book is printed in the standard format with a comb binding, allowing it to lay flat, when in use for historical research, or making accurate waybills to real industries.

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$46.95.



PENNSYLVANIA RR, form CT1000, 1945
Pensy1T (38K) This book has 415 pages listing industries served by PRR and other RR's in each city. The front portion of the book is arranged by region and sub division in timetable and town order, listing each industry in that town. The rear half of the book is an index, listing industries in alphabetical order and the page number the industry is listed. This is the largest book yet. The comb binding opens flat for easy use.

Opens flat for easy use and is our largest book - $46.95.



New Haven
NHT (43K) "Official Freight Shippers Guide and Directory of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford RR Co." this book is 304 pages and includes many period advertisements. This listing is by industry type, then the breakdown to state and city, listing all industries of that type, not just on the NH. Issued in 1915 with 304 pages and $39.95.



WESTERN PACIFIC Railroad Co. Circular #167-E
WPT (49K) WESTERN PACIFIC Railroad Co. Circular #167-E includes not only the WP, but also the Sacramento Northern and the Tidewater Southern Railways. This guide has 173 pages and appears to be from 1957. There are maps of the three railroads in the back pages of the book. While industries in large cites are listed such as San Francisco and Salt Lake City, covering several pages, there are also small town industries listed such as Tobar and Loyalton. All of the industries in a town are listed including those not served by WP, so many SP and ATSF customers are also listed at joint locations. The book has a comb binding, to open flat, along with protective clear front cover and heavy Leatherette rear cover

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WESTERN PACIFIC Railroad Co. Circular #167-E $29.95.



ICING STATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA from 1955
IceingT (44K) ICING STATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA from 1955. All icing platforms and services are listed for the following categories: regular icing, emergency icing, and retop icing. All railroads offering these icing services are listed in this book. The book has 55 pages and a comb binding to open flat.

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Ice Station list $12.95.



CHICAGO SWITCHING DISTRICT freight Tariff 22-G from March 15, 1967
chicago_switching 1967) CHICAGO SWITCHING DISTRICT freight Tariff 22-G from March 15, 1967. 135 pages, listing all industries in the city of Chicago and surrounding nearby suburbs. All industries are listed by industry name in alphabetical order, showing street address, type of items manufactured, and serving railroad or railroads. It is interesting to compare to the earlier 1956 edition of this same tariff, as the page count for both books is almost identical, to see what industrial changes have occurred in the eleven years.

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The book sells for $29.95.



Chicago Switching District
Chicago Switching District The Chicago Switching District of 1956 shows in 126 pages that the Chicago area was a manufacturing center of the US. The industries are listed in alphabetical order, and lists nature of the business, street address, railroad district name, and the railroads that serve the industry. The area covered includes the near in suburbs of Chicago, roughly defined by the IHB railroad. $29.95

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GREAT NORTHERN RY. CO.
Great Northern Ry. CO Great Northern Carload Shippers and/or Recieivers
Competitive Rail Points

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The 319-page book sells for $34.95.



RIO GRANDE freight traffic guide 1951
RIO GRANDE FREIGHT TRAFFIC GUIDE 1951 This 99 page book lists all industries in Colorado and Utah at competitive locations served by the DRGW RR and other railroads. The rear of the book has various maps and plans. The maps include the DRGW and RGS railroads. There is a detail map of the front range joint track from Denver to Pueblo. There are also lists of coal mines, stock yards, track scales, auto platforms and Rio Grande Motor Way facilities.

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$24.95.



CHICAGO, ROCK ISLAND AND PACIFIC Railroad Company
CHICAGO, ROCK ISLAND AND PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY Industrial Directory, circular 740, April 1971. This books lists all industries at competitive points, including those industries on other railroads at that location. The towns are listed in alphabetical order. listing the industries in alphabetical order, their serving carrier, and weather open to reciprocal switching.

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The 258-page book sells for $34.95.



The Rock Island RR from 1941
The Rock Island RR from 1941 142 page book lists, by comodities, towns on the RI and the names of all the industries in those towns, and weather served by the Rock or another railroad or a team track customer. A very informative guide to help with making prototype waybills or researching industries of a particular town or line segment. As with past books it is spiral bound to open flat. And the same price as previous books $29.95.

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MILWAUKEE ROAD SHIPPERS GUIDE
MILWAUKEE ROAD SHIPPERS GUIDE Rails Unlimited has reprinted the 132-page book listing prototype industries from 1943. The book was produced for the Milwaukee Road and lists each town the line passed through and then listed all the industries of that town, and identified each industry as Milwaukee served, served by another railroad, joint served by Milw and another railroad or a team track customer. The book is divided by commodities, such as "grain dealers", "refineries", "ice manufacturers", "packing Houses" and many more subjects. See the sample page.

I use the book extensively for prototype waybills on my railroad. It also has much historic value, listing industries in 1943. The book has a plastic binding allowing it to open flat. It has an attractive orange/yellow cover same as the original, protected by a clear plastic cover and heavy back cover.

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The 132-page book sells for $29.95.



CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN/ OMAHA SHIPPERS DIRECTORY
CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN/ OMAHA SHIPPERS DIRECTORY Chicago Northwestern Railway Shippers Directory reprint. 190 pages, listing industries of the CNW and CMStP&O Railways for 1923. The listing is by industry type and town and state location. Great old time industry names. See the sample page. Spiral bound to lay flat when open for easy use.

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$34.95 per book - Limited quantities.



Union Pacific Official Shipper Guide
Union Pacific Official Shipper Guide Union Pacific Official Shipper Guide The Union Pacific Official Shipper Guide is from 1938. 167 pages covering the entire railroad, listing industries by commodity type, then sby state and then by each town served by the UP. Opens flat for easy use. $29.95

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Chicago & Eastern Illinois Traffic Department Directory
Chicago & Eastern Illinois Traffic Department Directory The Chicago & Eastern Illinois Traffic Department Directory of Firms and Industries from 1950. 74 pages including a map. There is an alphabetical listing of towns with the industries on the C&EI listed and weather they are served by reciprocal switching. Comb binding to open flat for easy use. $29.95

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Milwaukee Reciprocal Switching Arrangements
Milwaukee  Reciprocal Switching Arrangements The Milwaukee Reciprocal Switching Arrangements in effect 1978. 119 pages with comb binding to open flat. This book lists any town on the Milwaukee that had two or more railroads. The towns and the industry names there in are in alphabetical order. All industries are listed and which railroad is the serving carrier and weather reciprocal switching is allowed. $29.95

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Missouri Pacific RR List of Industries
Missouri Pacific RR List of Industries NEW. Missouri Pacific RR List of Industries in 1965. Circular 140-P Includes subsidiaries including T&P and MI. 187 pages listing the towns and industries in alphabetical order. It also lists the railroad serving each industry. $29.95

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