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Delaware and Hudson Railroad Engineering Drawings, 1900-1955

Creator:
Delaware and Hudson Railway Company
Muhlfeld, John E
Donor:
Brosterman, Norman
Nahem, Edward T
Sasson, Maurice
Smith, Sanford
Collector:
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Physical description:
240 cu. ft
Type:
Blueprints
Collection descriptions
Design drawings
Engineering drawings
Ledgers (account books)
Periodicals
Photographs
Place:
United States
Date:
1900
1900-1955
20th century
Notes:
The Delaware and Hudson Railway Company grew out of the former Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, which had been chartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 1823. The canal was last used in 1891. The company's first rail line ran between Carbondale, Pennsylvania and New York, beginning in 1872. After numerous mergers and purchases, it became the Delaware and Hudson Company and later Delaware and Hudson Railway. It was purchased by Guilford Rail System in 1984, and went bankrupt in 1988. Its lines were purchased in 1991 by the Canadian Pacific Railway. During its most successful years, Delaware and Hudson was the inventor, manufacturer and user of some of the most important innovations in steam locomotive design. One of its most important designers, John E. Muhlfeld, is well represented in this collection.
Summary:
The bulk of this collection consists of approximately 26,500 original ink and pencil drawings from which blueprints were later made. The drawings depict not only the rolling stock but the components of the railroad equipment, from the largest to the smallest. The drawings are indexed, titled, numbered, dated and annotated with dimensions and other information. In addition to the drawings, the collection also includes thousands of blueprints, photographs, ledgers, books, and periodicals.
Cite as:
Delaware and Hudson Railroad Engineering Drawings, 1900-1955, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Railroad companies
Railroads
Transportation
Local number:
1991.3199 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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