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USA & Canada Railway map circa 1917

The only one I can find is in the US Library of Congress unfortunately even though someone has downloaded the file and sent it to me it won't open outside the USA for some reason. I need such a map for WW1 related research - can anyone help?
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Link about the US government taking control of US Railroads March 21, 1918.

http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/...controlact.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Yo...of_Embarkation

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Map, Port of Embarkation Hoboken (1917-1918).


The Hoboken Port of Embarkation, with New York Port of Embarkation also in use by the close of the war, was formally established on 27 July 1917 with a port commander having been assigned on 7 July.[16][17] The Army quickly recognized demands of World War I shipping overseas required unified command of operations of the Water Transportation Branch, Quartermaster Corps and the Army camps and depots through which troops and supplies passed.[16] In early June Major General J. Franklin Bell, commanding the Army's Department of the East on Governors Island was instructed to assume the functions of the commander of such a Port of Embarkation as the port organized.[16] It quickly became clear the United States involvement in the war overseas required a central, separate, more flexible and responsive organization with direct oversight from the War Department in Washington, D.C.. Previous War Department planning had envisaged ports of embarkation under single commanders.[16]
The first headquarters was established at Hoboken, New Jersey using facilities and piers seized from the German owned North German Lloyd and Hamburg-American steamship lines on the Hudson River.[16] The first commander was Brigadier General William M. Wright serving from 1 July to 1 August 1917.[5] On 1 August 1917 Major General David C. Shanks assumed command as the ports of embarkation came under the Embarkation Service until 27 September 1918 when ports were made coordinate agencies directly under the General Staff.[16][5] The port was briefly under command of two Brigadier Generals, William V. Judson and George H. McManus from 9 September 1918 until General Shanks resumed command on 5 December 1918.[5]
In the early stages of the port's operation during World War I the cargo functions were located in Brooklyn and New Jersey with troop movements largely out of Hoboken, where the command was located, and nearby Manhattan piers seized from German lines with passenger facilities.[16]
By war's end the NYPOE, again under Major General David C. Shanks, had expanded to a staff of 2,500 officers, embarkation camps, hospitals, twelve piers and seven warehouses in Hoboken, in Brooklyn eight piers and 120 warehouses of which six piers were also Bush Terminal Company assets, and two Army Supply Base warehouses and, in the North River, Manhattan three piers covering a total of fifty-seven acres.[18]



Troops from camps disembarking at Hoboken piers to board transports to Europe.


Three embarkation camps, Camp Merritt having a 38,000 transient troop capacity, Camp Mills with 40,000 capacity and Camp Upton with 18,000 capacity came under the direct command of the Port of Embarkation while Camp Dix remained under War Department control but served as an embarkation camp for the port.[18] The command included four embarkation hospitals and five debarkation hospitals, one general hospital and one auxiliary hospital along with two base hospitals.[6]
The ports of Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia served as sub-ports and the Canadian ports of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Montreal and St. John's, Newfoundland as subsidiary ports under the NYPOE.[5][6]
The need for more permanent dockside Army passenger, warehousing and shipping facility was recognized and the Brooklyn Army Base, redesignated the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) 1 October 1955,[19] was constructed from existing terminal and docking facilities in Owls Head, Brooklyn, not far from Fort Hamilton, beginning in 1918.
The port managed the return of the American Expeditionary Force from France during 1919 and of the American Forces in Germany, 19191923 as well as postwar transport related to support of forces in Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone.[18] In December 1919 USAT Buford, home ported at the port, transported Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman along with 240 people considered Communists and radicals from the NYPOE to Hango, Finland.[20]
General Shanks' command and the NYPOE were discontinued 24 April 1920 with functions turned over to the General Superintendent, Army Transport Service, Army Base Brooklyn.[5] Though the command had changed and the port itself reduced in size from the wartime years to the new Army terminal continued to be referred to as the New York Port of Embarkation with ships home ported at "New York POE, Army Supply Base, Brooklyn, NY," as were the transports USAT America, USAT American Legion, USAT Chateau Thierry, USAT Great Northern, USAT Hunter Liggett and others.[21]
In later stages and postwar years, with the permanent Brooklyn facilities becoming the center of operations, New York Port of Embarkation (NYPOE) replaced the former term and was the official term during World War II.[16][5]

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Thanks - I'll try and absorb these in the morning. I'm working on the travels of HMLS Britannia a Mk IV tank that between Oct 1917 and Jan 1919 visited 40 US and Canadian cities, towns and military installations (some on more than one occasion) recruiting UK and Canadian Citizens, raising money through the sale of US and Canadian war bonds, familiarising troops with a tank and generally promoting the US/British relationship. Teddy Roosevelt, President Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Dwight D Eisenhower all got involved as did Ira Gershwin, Ian Hay and P G Wodehouse. I think I've now pinned down where it visited and the dates and want to draw a map showing its travels. It did two trips to Canada, one to the West Coast of the USA. two to the mid West and lots on the Eastern seaboard. All by rail of course.

BTW before someone posts to say that it is now at Aberdeen proving grounds, a notion promoted by the museum; I'm afraid that that is rubbish as I have ample photographic evidence to prove that the Mk IV they have is a different tank.
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