Unattributed. “Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and St. Louis Railroad (Pan Handle Route) with Principal Connecting Lines.”
Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., ca. 1880. 13 x 14 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. On reverse, a smaller lithograph map with hand color, and nine vignette views illustrating various parts of the route. Old repaired tear right hand side. Very good condition.
The Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad, commonly called the Pan Handle Route, was a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Company formed to lease rail lines west of Pittsburgh for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Its common name came from its main line west from Pittsburgh across the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Continuing west the line split at Columbus, heading south to Cincinnati, or continuing west to Bradford Junction in Ohio, where it again split, with one line to Chicago and the other to East St. Louis, Illinois via Indianapolis, Indiana. The vignette views are The Steel Bridge of the Panhandle Route at St. Louis, Birds Eye View of Pittsburgh as Seen on Trains From Panhandle Route, Cork Run Tunnel, Panhandle Route Near Pittsburgh, Double Curve Near Gould Station, National Soldiers Home at Dayton Ohio, Grand Union Depot, and The Comforts of Travel Before the Completion of the Great Panhandle Route.