• Lincoln Funeral Train

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  by GSC
 
This looks like the only place I could post this.

In May 1865, Lincoln's funeral train left Washington DC to travel to twelve more locations before finally arriving in Springfield IL for his burial. The rolling stock remained the same while locomotives were changed out, usually to the railroad the train was traveling on.

I wonder how the train went from Philadelphia to New York City, as there were no rail connections across the Hudson River at that time.

Did the train travel north from NJ to connect with the NYC and backtrack to NYC? The next stop after NYC was Albany.

How did the train get to NYC from the west side of the Hudson? Car float? No one seems to know how this happened.
  by Ken W2KB
 
The train traveled to Jersey City where the coffin was removed and crossed the Hudson by ferry to New York City. After the viewing, the coffin was placed on a train to Rensselaer and thence by ferry to Albany. After the viewing the coffin was placed on a train and headed west. Indeed, there is some uncertainty whether or not the main funeral car was also ferried, or if the car traveled from Jersey City to Albany and a different car was used east of the Hudson River.
  by GSC
 
Thanks, Ken. That clears up some of the mystery. All you seem to find is that "The Funeral Train" traveled the entire route. It is mentioned that locomotives were changed out, usually to the host railroad. The four-truck special car is featured in most of the pictures.