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Nickel Plate Road Timetables (August, 1952)


Published: March 6, 2024

By: Adam Burns

The New York, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad (NYC&StL), more commonly known as the Nickel Plate Road, was a popular railway system in the United States that operated between 1881 and 1964, largely in the Midwestern and Northeastern states.

Its main running routes connected Chicago, Illinois, and Buffalo, New York, presenting a major conduit for freight and passenger transport. Providing a shorter and more efficient route between the East Coast and Midwest, it was renowned for its high-speed service and excellent construction standards, which earned it the nickname "Nickel Plate Road."

Continually expanding operations across state lines, the NYC&StL became one of the premier railroads in the nation. In 1964, it merged with Norfolk & Western Railway, undergoing several consolidations and finally operating as part of Norfolk Southern Corporation today.

This historical railroad company played a crucial role in the economic development of the Midwest, helping to instantiate cities like Cleveland and Toledo as major industrial centers. Today, its legacy is preserved by historical societies and in its former main line, which remains in operation today.

Public Timetables (August, 1952)



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