A street railroad car called a "long parlor"

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sun May 1 22:11:18 UTC 2011

[a street railroad, running to Harlem]  . . . . the passengers slide comfortably and quietly, in the "long parlor," to their doors.
        Ev Star, October 9, 1839, p. 2, col. ?

This would have been quite early in the development of the railroad, as evidenced in the fact that the train didn't leave Manhattan Island.


George A. Thompson
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