The Various Forms of Transport in the Novel

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General Info about trains in 1889-1900

Wisconsin - Chicago

(Chapter I)
Carrie meets Drouet on the train to Chicago.
Northern Pacific Railway?
The Wisconsin Central Railroad Line completed the track between Chicago and Wisconsin in 1886. The train would have arrived into Chicago's

Chicago - Detroit

Carrie and Hurstwood
The Indiana line. Mail train leaves from Michigan Central Depot at 3 am. It arrives in Detroit at noon the following day.
Chapter XXVIII

Detroit - Montreal

Carrie and Hurstwood
The train leaves at 12:20pm and arrives the following morning. Hurstwood buys two Pullman berths.
Crossing the Detroit river to Windsor, Ontario, involves the train taking a ferry-boat. The train carriages cross on the ferry.
Chapter XXVIII - Chapter XXIX

Montreal - New York City

Carrie and Hurstwood
The couple leave at night and arrive in the morning. Arriving in New York the train follows the Hudson River, and then turns east at Spuyten Duvil. Spuyten Duvil is in the Bronx and is named after Spuyten Duvil Creek, a Dutch name that possibly means "Spinning Devil", "Devil's Whirlpool", or "Devil's Spate". The train follows the Harlem River bank, then the East River before arriving at

Chicago - New York City

Mrs Hurstwood, Jessica and Jessica's new husband take the train to New York City. From New York the party will sail to Italy and then travel on to Rome (Chapter XLVII).

Another reference to travel abroad is Carrie's trip to London. Carrie visits London with the Casino company (Chapter XLVI).

Reference to the Illinois Central and the waterfront 151. Check.

Street Cars

Horse and Coach

A conversation takes place between Carrie and Ames when they travel with the Vances in a coach from 78th Street down to Sherry's restaurant. After dining, the party may take a coach between Sherry's and the Lyceum as the two venues are some distance apart. The party return home from the Lyceum Theatre in another coach. Ames alights at 33rd Street (Chapter XXXII).


Hurstwood takes a ferry to Brooklyn. 
A boat carries Hurstwood's body to the Potter's Field in Long Island.

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Further Reading:

Schvielbusch, Wolfgang. The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the 19th Century. The University of California Press. Berkeley. 1977