Railway Preservation News

On-line records at Library of Congress
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Author:  George Prytulak [ Fri Sep 04, 1998 5:05 pm ]
Post subject:  On-line records at Library of Congress

If you're interested in railway infrastructure like roundhouses and bridges (as well as locomotives), check out the digital collections at the Library of Congress, American Memory web site. The HABS/HAER records (Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record; about 36,000 recorded sites)are gradually being digitized and put on-line. The searchable records include drawings, B&W photos with captions, written data pages and color transparencies. There are at least 20 documented roundhouses. Many records are still being digitized but others offer a staggering amount of info. The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy RR roundhouse in Aurora IL, for example, has 131 B&W photos and 119 data pages. Truly amazing. Altogether, there are 50 searchable collections of miscellaneous photos, postcards and maps (RR maps!) at the site. Be warned: you can spend hours there.

American Memory

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