All Aboard! Railroads and New Jersey, 1812–1930

All Aboard! Railroads and New Jersey, 1812-1930: About

The All Aboard digital exhibition tells the story of New Jersey railroads from the early experiments by John Stevens on his estate in Hoboken to the heyday of passenger rail and freight transport of the early twentieth century. Other themes highlighted in the exhibition are technology, immigration, suburbanization, bridges and depots, and the development of agricultural, bedroom, and resort communities. The digital exhibition features images of rare broadsides, manuscripts, pamphlets, and photographs documenting the history of railroads in the Garden State from Rutgers University Libraries' collections. This digital exhibition is a version of the physical exhibition All Aboard! Railroads and New Jersey, 1812–1930, which was on display in the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery in Fall 2011. Many, but not all of the objects in the physical exhibition are included in the digital one. On the other hand, some additional items that did not fit in the physical exhibition appear in the digital exhibition. All Aboard! Railroads and New Jersey, 1812–1930 celebrates the publication of Railroads and New Jersey: A Bibliography of Contemporary Publications, 1812–1901 (Rutgers University Libraries, 2011) by exhibition curator David J. Fowler and the late Donald A. Sinclair.


Dr. David J. Fowler, Special Collections and University Archives
Fernanda Perrone, Special Collections and University Archives

Selected Bibliography

Alexander, E. P. Iron Horses: American Locomotives, 1829–1900. New York: W. W. Norton, 1941.

Bianculli, Anthony J. Trains and Technology: The American Railroad in the Nineteenth Century. 4 vols. Vol. 1: Locomotives; Vol. 2: Cars; Vol. 3: Track and Structures; Vol. 4: Bridges and Tunnels, Signals. Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 2001-2003.

Catalogue of the Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at the World's Columbian Exposition. Chicago: The Company, 1893.

Cunningham, John T. Railroads in New Jersey: The Formative Years. Andover, N.J.: Afton Publishing Co., 1997.

Dredge, James. A Record of the Transportation Exhibits at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1894.

Kinert, Reed. Early American Steam Locomotives: 1st Seven Decades, 1830–1900. New York: Bonanza Books, 1962.

Lane, Wheaton J. From Indian Trail to Iron Horse: Travel and Transportation in New Jersey, 1620–1860. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1939.

Morrison, Rodney J. Henry C. Carey and American Economic Development. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1986.

Moss, George H., Jr. Steamboat to the Shore: A Pictorial History of the Steamboat Era in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Locust, N.J.: Jervey Close Press, 1966.

Reilly, George L. A. "The Camden and Amboy Railroad in New Jersey Politics, 1830–1871." Ph.D. dissertation, Columbia University, 1951.

Sackett, William Edgar. Modern Battles of Trenton: Being a History of New Jersey's Politics and Legislation From the Year 1868 to the Year 1894. Trenton, N.J.: John L. Murphy, 1895.

Sinclair, Donald Arleigh and David J. Fowler. Railroads and New Jersey: A Bibliography of Contemporary Publications, 1812-1901. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Libraries, 2011.

Thompson, Robert T. Colonel James Neilson: A Business Man of the Early Machine Age in New Jersey, 1784-1862. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1940.

Treese, Lorett. Railroads of New Jersey: Fragments of the Past in the Garden State Landscape. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 2006.

White, John H., Jr. A History of the American Locomotive: Its Development, 1830–1880. New York: Dover Publications, 1979.

---. The John Bull: 150 Years a Locomotive. Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981.


This digital exhibition has been made possible by a generous donation from Thomas Higgins. The curators would also like to thank Kalaivani Ananthan, John Brennan, Melissa De Fino, Chad Mills, Mary Ann Koruth, Sam McDonald, Jamie Maguire, and Caryn Radick for all their hard work in designing and mounting the digital version of the exhibition.