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Guide to the Central National Soldiers' Home
The Railway System



The Big Four Route-Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis Railway Company.


Among the railroads which have aided so greatly in developing the commercial interests of Dayton, no line occupies a position of more importance than the "Big Four Route;" which, by virtue of its through car arrangements with the Great Four Track New York Central & Hudson River Railroad, is recognized as the favorite line to New York, Boston, and all Eastern Seaside and Mountain resorts. The facilities offered by the Big Four Route for reaching Chautauqua Lake, Niagara Falls, and the Thousand Islands are well known, and the popularity of the route along the beautiful shores of Lake Erie is attested every season by the thousands of tourists using the "Big Four" in preference to the inland routes.

The patronage afforded by the city of Dayton and vicinity has warranted the management of the Big Pour Route in providing two solid trains daily to the East. The morning train, composed of luxurious coaches and Wagner Palace Sleeping Cars which run through to New York and Boston, is a marvel of beauty and elegance, affording a daylight ride through the beautiful Mad River Valley, along the cool shores of Lake Erie, and arriving in New Grand Central Station, New York City, the next morning. The Southwestern Limited "The Finest Train in America," leaves Dayton in the evening, equipped with Palace Sleeping Cars for New York and Boston, luxurious coaches and an elegant Dining Car. The daylight ride across the State of New York, the choice of rail or boat lines down the historic Hudson River and the arrival in the center of New York City, avoiding all ferries and transfers, are inducements offered by no other line.

To the western and southern tourist the Big Four Route offers equal advantages, owning and operating its own direct lines of travel to Cincinnati Indianapolis, Chicago, Peoria, and St. Louis, over which through coaches, Palace Sleeping Cars, and elegant Reclining Chair Cars are run and with arrangements for selling through tickets over all connecting lines, forms the favorite route to all points in the South, Southwest, West, and Northwest Put-in-Bay and the islands of Lake Erie have always proved attractive to the recreation-loving people of Dayton, and with the improved train service to Sandusky, afforded by the recently acquired lines of the Big Pour Route the popularity of that beautiful resort will no doubt be greatly enhanced.

Residents of Dayton desiring to visit Columbus will appreciate the fact that the Big Pour Route is now running five elegant trains daily, except Sunday to that point, three of which are equipped with Parlor Cars, affording unequaled service and accommodations. Two trains are run in each direction on Sunday. Do not purchase tickets, or make any arrangements for a business or pleasure trip before calling on J. L. Miller, Jr., Traveling Passenger Agent Big Four Route, No. 8 West Third Street, Dayton, where full information regarding tickets, rates, and time of trains will be cheerfully furnished. If not convenient to call in person, write to D. B Martin, General Passenger Agent, Cincinnati, Ohio.


The Cincinnati, Dayton & Ironton, and Cincinnati, Dayton & Chicago Railways.

[Formerly Dayton, Ft. Wayne & Chicago.]


These roads traverse some of the most fertile and prosperous counties in the State, running from Dayton in a southeasterly direction, one hundred and sixty-five miles to the Ohio River, at Ironton, Ohio, and from Dayton northward ninety-five miles to Delphos, Ohio. This is the only line to Xenia, Jamestown, Washington Court House, Chillicothe, Wellston, Ironton, Celina, and Delphos, without change of cars; and the most direct route to all points in eastern and southern Ohio. It is .the shortest line to Parkersburg, W. Va.; Harper's Ferry, Mil.; White Sulphur Springs, Richmond, Old Point Comfort, Va.; Washington, D. C.; Baltimore, Md ; Philadelphia, Pa., and New York.

Close connections are made for Columbus, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Troy, Piqua, Lima, Toledo, Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Chicago, and all points East and West. This road has recently been relaid with steel rails, new ties and new bridges, and is now in first class condition, and prepared to accommodate the demands of the prosperous territory through which it extends. J. E. Gimperling is General Manager, and W. B. Williams General Passenger Agent, with general offices at Dayton.


"Finest on Earth."


Great strides have been made in railroading within the past few years, and the popular Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad is certainly up with the times. Solid vestibule trains with parlor and dining cars on their day trains, and magnificent Pullman Sleepers are now being run between Cincinnati and Chicago; solid trains between Cincinnati and Detroit; parlor and sleeping cars to St. Louis and Keokuk. Any one contemplating a trip to the West, Northwest, North, South, or Southwest, will find the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton the safest, smoothest, and best equipped road in its section of the country.


Pittsburg, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railway.


By reason of its situation on a thoroughfare of the railway system known as the Pennsylvania Lines, Dayton is in direct communication with Columbus, Pittsburg, Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York on the east; and on the west with Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Chicago, through which cities connection is made with the railways that radiate throughout the Northwest, West, and Southwest.


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