Michael Portillo’s Latest Guide.

I have to admit some serious surprise when I caught Michael’s latest series: Great American Railroad Journeys.  There has been a lot of action here, which usually indicates a new series from Michaelbook

His latest guide Appleton’s General Guide to United States and Canada is much easier to come by than the First Bradshaw Guide.

The Hathitrust page is:
catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/012466582

They have two editions, part 2 of 1889 and 1892. Appleton’s guide was published yearly.

Google Books has a link to another Appleton’s Railroad Guide (https://books.google.com/books?id=EqbhAAAAMAAJ).   This is not the guide used in the show, it is Appletons’ Illustrated Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, Containing the Time-tables of the Railways of the United States and the Canadas: A totally different book.

The versions of the Guide on Google books are not the 1879 edition.

You can find copies of the version used by Michael in used book stores. There are also versions available in Print on Demand, but they are different years than the 1879 version used in this series (or don’t say WHICH edition they are).  There was an original copy available here for US$200 (approx UK£ 138), but is been sold.

I should note that the 1892 edition is actually the more interesting version since it has a guide to the Colombian Exposition.

This relates to his first week’s journey:

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