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While working in the mechanical engineering department for the Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRIP) orders were handed down to get rid of all of the old locomotive drawings and other material. Phil rescued all of this material and through the last few years donated it to Lake States Railway Historical Association.
Phil has an extensive knowledge of railroad history and works very hard at preserving this material so others may learn from it.
Don was involved in many restoration and research programs. Don gathered much information on the iron mining in the North Freedom area and authored a document on the same.
Don worked for the Fairbanks-Morse Company as engineer and was responsible for saving the documents and railroad drawings of the company, including the valuable Sheffield Collection which was all given to LSRHA by Mid-Continent Railway Museum.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Don will be missed by LSRHA members and the entire community of railroad history and preservation.
Pres. Ristow and volunteer Don Evenson have been hard at work getting the new shelves assembled and installed. GREAT JOB GUYS! You can see the many railroad books in the photo foreground that necessitated us getting more shelving. We have well over a thousand volumes inn our library now!
UPDATE JANUARY 6, 2017
Changes have been made to the searching capabilities and if you now search for the C&NW drawings you will find 12,971 entries. The Chicago,St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha now has 9,073 files. if you tried in the past with no results, you should find drawings listed now. Thanks for your patience in this matter! LSRHA staff.
A hot summer this year, progress is continuing, however, with drawing files. The IT team is continuing to process the web files, hopefully the CRIP & CMStP files will be available on line soon! Cataloging continues and a 'new' collection is being entered. Please be patient as much work is needed to get the drawings cataloged, entered into Excel files, proof read and then configured to the web site!
The Sheffield Car Company drawings are part of the huge Fairbanks, Morse collection. The Sheffield Plant was located in Three Rivers, Michigan and produced a line of several railroad products including VELOCIPEDES, HAND CARS, PUSH CARS, MOTOR CARS, WATER STAND PIPES, OIL STAND PIPES, CATTLE GUARDS AND WATER TANK FIXTURES(/b). It is possible that additional products will be found in the collection also.
Cataloging of the Sheffield drawings has been completed. It is still possible, however, that some drawings may still be found in isolated boxes on the shelves. Total drawing count is over 27,800. The process of entering all entries into the Excel file is continuing. Hopefully the entire file will be entered and check for errors this fall. Inclusion on the WEB site would follow shortly thereafter.
If you are interested in drawings from the Sheffield collection, do not hesitate to call or write, we will attempt to find any drawings for you.
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