PHILADELPHIA. Cert. of 400 Shares. black. No 463. Trimmed borders, but hardly into the printed part of the stock. It is said that the first really effective locomotive built in the U.S.A. was 'Old Ironsides', a wood-burner built at the Baldwin works in Philadelphia and worked on the line of this company. The first railroad to have passenger service from Philadelphia was the Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown Railroad, which in 1832, started service between 9th and Green Streets in Philadelphia and Germantown. The Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown Railroad by the fall of 1834 had branched into Manayunk. Horses pulled the first trains into Manayunk, from the lack of the railroad having additional steam engines. The first passenger coaches were like stagecoaches on train wheels withthe luggage compartment on the roof. By the following spring of 1835 the line had made its way to Norristown. By 1850, the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad teamed up with the Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown Railroad, and by 1893 the two had combined. Vignettes of locomotives, and portraits of Washington, Franklin, Penn, etc. One of the very first American railroad shares known (1834!), of America's first passenger railroad company. Extremely rare.
Date: 4 November 1834
Startprice: € 1000