This is a public timetable for the Atlantic Coast Line dated July, 1926. this timetable is in rmarkably good condition with only slught wear and imperfections along the edges and a small stain that does not render anything illegible on the top outside and inside on the front cover.
This timetable covers "trains to and from the East and Florida via the Atlantic Coast Line" from Havana, Cuba and Key West, Florida through Washington, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Columbus, Akron, Cleveland, Detroit, and finally through Baltimore, Philadelphia, Trenton, Newark, New York, Neew Haven, Providence and Boston.
There are 70 pages of schedules and maps of the rail lines. Each full size page is converted into 4 numbered pages as these timetables were meant to be used while folded in half.
From Wikipedia: "The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (reporting mark ACL) was an American railroad that existed between 1900 and 1967, when it merged with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, its long-time rival, to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Much of the original ACL network has existed as part of CSX Transportation since 1986.
Throughout its existence, the Atlantic Coast Line served the Southeast, with a particular concentration of lines in Florida. Numerous named passenger trains were operated by the railroad for Florida-bound tourists, with the Atlantic Coast Line contributing significantly to Florida's economic development in the first half of the 20th century.By the early 1900s, the railroad's routes had largely reached their final configuration, and the railroad began to focus its energies on upgrading its existing physical plant. By the 1920s, the railroad's main line from Richmond, Virginia to Jacksonville, Florida had been double-tracked, which benefited the railroad during the 1920s, when Florida went through an economic boom. Florida's economy, as well as that of the nation, declined during the Great Depression, and though ACL's freight traffic declined by around 50%, and freight traffic declined by around 60%.
The ACL's passenger traffic consisted almost entirely of Florida-bound traffic, largely from the Northeast, but also from the Midwest via trains that were operated by multiple railroads and handled by the ACL at their southern ends. In 1939, the ACL launched what would become its flagship train, the Champion, and invested heavily in its passenger fleet after World War II. Despite this, its passenger revenues fell from $28.5 million in 1946 to $14.1 million in 1959. The service remained profitable through the 1960s to the end of the ACL, though, and until its 1967 merger the railroad continued to maintain and improve its passenger service, even going so far as to construct new stations while the rest of the country's passenger trains were in decline.
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