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Does anyone know of a source for American Car and Foundry
drawings i.e.along the lines of the IRM Pullman/Haskell and Barker
collection? I am especially interested in Berwick plant production in the 1907-12 period.
On Sep 10, 2012, at 6:27 PM, lrkdbn wrote:
It's apparent the ACF drawings from circa pre-1930 were thrown out by
the company decades ago. The same was true for bills of materials for
cars built before 1931. Chances are ACF cleaned house sometime in the
1960s or early 1970s. Luckily not everything was trashed.
A large collection of ACF drawings are kept at the Museum of
Transportation. While there are a smattering of drawings from the late
1920s, the main part of the collection is from the early 1930s through
1950s and later.
The St. Louis Mercantile Library has the ACF bills of materials for
cars built from 1931 to 1952 as well as the ACF builder's photo
collection dating back to even before ACF became a company in 1899.
Gregory Roberts wrote:toggle quoted message Show quoted text
Anybody check the Beringer Collection at Washington University in
On Sep 16, 2012, at 11:54 AM, Tom Vanwormer wrote:
Gregory Roberts wrote:Greg,
In case there is a misunderstaning, the Barriger National Railroad
Library (so named for donator John Barriger) is part of the St. Louis
Mercantile Library, which is located on the campus of the University of
Missouri - St. Louis (or UMSL as it is called). In addition to the many
items donated by John Barriger, they have the ACF builder's photo
collection as well as other documentation donated by ACF to this
institution in the mid-1990s. The Mercantile Library does not have any
drawing collections to my knowledge.
Washington University, also in St. Louis, has a collection of builder's
photos of the St. Louis Car Company. This company produced no freight
cars to speak of, but they did manufacture a number of caboose orders
and many passenger cars, gas-electrics, and street cars.
The ACF drawing collection that I alluded to earlier is at the Museum
of Transportation at Kirkwood, Missouri (St. Louis area). The MOT is
not affiliated with the Mercantile Library or Washington University.
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