Charles B. Chaney, Jr. Railroad Photographic Collection, 1850-1947, 1972
Chaney, Charles B., Jr
Engineering, Division of (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company
Chaney, who was born in 1875 in Baltimore, had a lifelong fascination with locomotives and he took photographs of them, as well as collecting materials on the subject. He worked as a draftsman in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and died in 1948.
Approximately 20,000 negatives of railroad related subjects, with the vast majority of the images being various views of locomotives. Some of the photographs were taken by Mr. Chaney, although a large number are copy negatives made from existing photographs. Many are copies of builders' photographs. The emphasis is on the eastern lines, especially the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Besides locomotives, other subjects include freight trains, passenger cars, bridges and tracks, stations, yards, tunnels, shops and engine houses, and train wrecks. The collection also includes 32 reels of microfilm of images.
Charles B. Chaney, Jr. Railroad Photographic Collection, ca. 1850-1947, 1972, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
179,577 (NMAH Acc.)
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves