Article From the Spring 2004 Issue of
The Journal of the New York Museum of Transportation
ARCHIVES REPORTby Jim Dierks
Cataloguing:Shelden King and Ted Thomas continue their great work bringing our archives up to snuff. Shelden has finished cleaning out and organizing the vertical file, meeting his personal goal of completing this work by Labor Day. He is officially in charge of the vertical file now, so all incoming materials are directed to Shelden in order to create the proper file for future reference. He is currently adding a set of file folders from the Keith Payne bus collection. (Contíd on page 9) Shelden has also shelved the books in our library, again emphasizing proper order, and has combined two separate collections of Street Railway Journal and Electric Railway Journal into one. These valuable early trade magazines contain a wealth of information on trolleys and transit companies, useful in our research. Best of all, Shelden is always on call to help identify a trolley photo or clarify some tidbit of rail history in our area.
Ted has continued to accession new donations in our computerized system, including taking digital photographs when appropriate.
Acquisitions: Several nice donations came in during the past few months, adding to our collection and enhancing our ability to interpret the transportation history of this area. Eight issues of the Electric Railway Journal dating from 1913 to 1930 have been incorporated with our existing collection of these trade magazines. An Adlake marker lamp stamped for the Erie Railroad, and a steam locomotive classification light have been donated. Marker lamps were generally used at the rear of trains, on cabooses or the last car on a passenger train, to denote the end and provide an illuminated warning to help visibility at night, pretty much as tail lights function on cars and trucks. Classification lights were used on the front of the locomotive, and different colored lenses signified whether the train was an extra (white) or had a second section following (green). A large collection of local transit bus memorabilia, gauges, name plates, roll sign, and cash fare box also arrived, and a 1937 Texas Electric Railway time card rounded out this periodís additions to our archives.