Journal of the Proceedings of the General Railroad Convention, Held at Springfield, August 24th and 25th, 1852.
New Haven: T.J. Stafford, Printer, 1852. 24 pp. Sm. 8vo. Disbound. First edition. Removed from a larger volume else a very good copy, chips to last three leaves, of which two are blanks, without loss of text. Item #40966
To avoid ruinous rate wars, railroads began to collude in earnest in the 1850s, the first recorded meeting being that of the New England railroad companies in the winter of 1850-1851, followed then by this general railroad convention at Springfield, Mass., called for by the principals of the New York and New Haven railroad, to consider uniform train rules, exchange of reports, timetables, and abuses in the issuance of free passes. The Ohio Railroad Convention thereafter met annually in the fifties. OCLC shows only eight locations: Lib. of Congress, Amer. Antiquarian Soc., Harvard (2), Univ. Missouri, Linda Hall Lib., Dartmouth, and Univ. Denver.