A few still run today. 20. He would have been the scheduled motorman and this was officially his train. The station stood right in front of the traffic light you see center right. the outside of the main bridge trusses, one lane on each side of the FYI, new material has been added to our post The Other Penn Central (May 9, 2016). Wild and unexpected. Trolleys were now less important. It’s not a station that seems to have been photographed a lot but there is a giant wall-sized shot of it on display in the Clinton St. CTA blue line subway station which replaced it. Steventon wrote about the difficulty of using this bulky equipment in the field: “We had a 12-volt auto battery for the primary power source, a 12 v.d.c. The “Enter at Rear” sign indicates this was a two-man car and was thus not one that had recently been assigned to Western Avenue. (that’s in Gold Rush country east of Sacramento) met up with another Milwaukee traction fan/photographer – Don Ross! Some of the homemade discs that Ken purchased have numbers on them. Nothing was found but this photo of him I think is quite good. Perhaps there might be a way to save this material as well. CTA 4094 in dead storage at South Shops on June 30, 1955. You can find Part 1 here: Railroad Record Club Treasure Hunt (July 30, 2017). In this picture, it looks like the Congress Expressway (now Eisenhower) has just opened, which would date the picture to November 1960. At this writing an “on train” recording of the old 1000 series Chicago South Shore & South Bend locomotives is in production. CSL experimental pre-PCC 4001 at South Shops in 1934. Most of them have a note attached with the buyer’s name and his complaint. (Editor’s note: Bill Wulfert says the new station was dedicated in 2006- see his Comment below.). At first, he considered having all the records remastered at once and getting a press run of each. But during the depression it would depend on the definition of “average.” In this era we saw the rise of the “All coach train.” The section sleeper was the bottom of services. As of this date (March 29, 1989) only 99 have shown an interest in record 36, CA&E. One thing that has puzzled me for a long time is why the CTA was so anti-streetcar. Several additional pictures have also been added to The Fairmount Park Trolley (November 7, 2017). The art historian wants to know what the factual basis is for the painting, whether the artist made any changes… how much a train ticket would have cost, and the socio-economic status of train travelers in the 1930s. There is a 5″ reel of the Niagara, St. Catharines & Toronto Railway. The possibilities were almost endless- photos, art work, even movies! Toledo & Eastern Price: $19.95. “Plant your feet on the desk” he writes, “lean back in your chair and you’re the agent at this small village station.” He wrote fond boyhood memories in the notes to Record number 20 and revealed in those same notes just how he felt about diesel locomotives. According to Don’s Rail Photos, “S-606 was built by Cincinnati in January 1923, #2620, as Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee 606. My upcoming book Chicago Trolleys, although a much more modest 128 pages, will be another addition to that field. Information about location and hours is here. At left, we can see Chicago Pullman 225 under a makeshift shelter at the Seashore Trolley Museum. The bridge was one of the last bastions of trolley traffic in Manhattan, as the line that left people of midspan, to be carried by elevator to the island, was among the last to be shuttered in the late 1950s. 17 records reissued from 10″ to 12″ This was Santa Fe’s last run powered by a steam locomotive over this route. Lindenthal in 1903 for the City of New York. Such things as the appeal of a steam locomotive, the nicknames of various railroad job positions like “Hogger” for engineer etc. But what was the Railroad Record Club doing from 1953 through 56? The car is at Harvard, heading westbound, and I believe the destination sign reads 79th and California. 4. It was rebuilt in 1907 and became C&SCRy 839 in 1908. While we are happy to report that we have finally achieved our long-sought goal of digitizing the Railroad Record Club’s later output, it seems very likely there are still more of these early recordings waiting to be discovered. Here is another batch of Michigan photos. But here is an obituary of LaMar M. Kelley appeared in the February 1948 issue of Central Headlight, an employee publication of the New York Central railroad. These cars were called “Electromobiles,” and were built by Osgood Bradley in the late 1920s. Or all those electric locomotives on the NYC and NYNH&H? If he wanted to continue selling his previously released records, new master discs would have to be made. However it was in danger of being discarded when the Museum planned a complete renovation by famed architect Rafael Viñoly. They were used in ads and in the catalogs. I took these in the summer of 1976. Images of America I promised Scott (Greig) that I would look into the Speedrail accident of 9/5/50 to see if the newspaper accounts identified the crew of car 1121. In a 1958 newspaper interview, Steventon said his wife had given him a tape recorder for Christmas in 1953. Side one contained the sounds of Soo Line 4-6-2 # 2718 powering an August, 1955 fan trip between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (James C. Barrick Photo), South Shore Line “Little Joe” freight loco 803, with a train of 25 cars, is in the 1100 block of west Chicago in East Chicago on July 9, 1956. year contracts in 1919, both companies would not renew them. Other interesting finds include three 5″ reels of a fan trip operated by the Northern Pacific Railroad on June 20, 1957. Frustratingly some records, in spite of the label being marked “Western Maryland” or “Pennsylvania RR”, are blank on one side or contain just a fraction of the audio it could hold. In fact, you might want to revise the caption to note that the photo is at 69th and Harvard.”. I appreciate that, thanks! These predate the regular output of the Railroad Record Club. The standard record format of the time was a disc ten inches in diameter and made of aluminum covered with acetate. 17. However, at the intercession of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s Judy Berdy, who worked with the BCM and several other agencies, in 2006 the kiosk was transported here to the very spot where the trolley elevator landing was once located, where it now serves as the Roosevelt Island Historical Society‘s visitor center. I have been interested in historic preservation for a long time, and it’s not every day that anyone comes across original material such as this. 05. The accrete has flaked off in large chips. Illinois Terminal He wrote that while recording a C&IM 0-8-0 switcher going about her chores, he was “dismayed” and “disgusted” when a GM&O RS-1 came onto the scene. After not being heard in decades, it feels great to be a part of the effort to bring these lost Railroad Record Club sounds into the light of day. For anyone unfamiliar with Menards, it’s a home improvement chain like Home Depot. Also, are you aware of any information put together or research done on the profiles of passengers of this era, for example, the number of men and women and their socio-economic status. Cincinnati Street Railway car 187 12/13/51. The Streamlined Era 27. The most interesting master tapes are the reels for RRC 3 EBT/D&RGW. The story abruptly ends without concluding and the sounds of motor hum, gears, and door buzzers start. The city’s anticipation of commuters utilizing the rapid transit options of the Queensboro Bridge quickly dissolved. The metal stamping plates vary in condition. Ken details all that in another post, Railroad Record Club Treasure Hunt, Part 2. roadways. Baltimore Transit, 2 reels 08. We have used the original, rare 1955 mono version of this recording, and not the later 1958 reissue that had a bunch of echo added to create a fake stereo effect. They are my late mother’s younger brothers. After listening, the records were to be returned with (hopefully) a purchase order. The tapes are old and were not stored in archival conditions. In my continuing search for CA&E photos and information I came across this interesting item from the John Stephenson Company describing quite a ride with brand new CA&E Car 32. If any readers have any RRC material, please contact David. Among these forty-two LPs there are some real gems. . Why I wasn’t sure until I took a closer look. The trolleys were repainted in the orange and cream scheme of parent Steinway Transit. Pleasant in Washington, D. C. on September 26, 1948. It sits forlornly while waiting for a buyer that never came. The Railroad Record Club items that I purchased last year have enabled David and I to piece together a fairly complete history of the RRC and to more fully appreciate the time and effort Mr. Steventon put into producing these records. Two CTA freight locos at South Shops, September 10, 1952. The modern bus veers right to (below) an allotted length Our thanks to everyone else who contributed to this post. Chicago quickly became a world-class city. Except for the power lines, no traces of the line can be found today. Next up was what appeared to be Mr. Steventon’s personal collection of RRC albums (for some unknown reason number 23 was missing). The Park Theater has already been closed, which would probably date this to circa 1952-54. Record number 8-Canadian National (re-released as “Canadian Railroading in The Days Of Steam”) is one of Steventon’s favorites, and SP-2 the Northern Pacific 2626 memorial album Steventon called “a masterpiece.”  He provided the sounds for side one of Record number 12-DM&IR and his recordings of the CMSt.P&P electric freight locomotives are featured on Record SP-6.