Pennsylvania RR Historical Society

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Pennsylvania RR Historical Society

Unread postby GreatNorthern84 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:55 am

Good morning!

I am looking to see if anyone can give me some guidance on donating a few items to a PRR historical society?

At present I have a fair quantity of train sheets complete with 19 and 31 forms from the old RK tower that was located in Sturgis, MI on the GR & I.

Probably not of huge historical interest, but certainly a bit of a time machine!

Please advise!

Thank you,

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Re: Pennsylvania RR Historical Society

Unread postby kenN » Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:47 am

There is a GR&I Historical society. A friend of mine is involved; let me get in touch with him and let you know. KJN
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Re: Pennsylvania RR Historical Society

Unread postby Doktor No » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:08 am

GN, what years are the RK tower sheets from? A retired CSX engineer who in the early to mid 60's was at RK with the Pennsy before he started with the C&O may be on the sheets. I know he would get a kick out of knowing they're still around.
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Re: Pennsylvania RR Historical Society

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:53 am

The PRR Technical and Historical Society is based in PA (obviously) and I believe is a repository of RR documents and some records. I wonder if the GR&I historical group might be more relevant given geographic proximity? According to PRRTHS website, there is a GR&I chapter, so maybe these are one and the same group. There's also a historical group in the former GR&I/PRR depot just up the tracks in Vicksburg but I think it's a Vicksburg based group. Might be worth reaching out to, however.

PRRTHS: http://www.prrths.com/
Local chapters: http://www.prrths.com/newprr_files/newPRRLocalChapters.htm
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Re: Pennsylvania RR Historical Society

Unread postby kenN » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:43 am

The GR&I chapter of the PRRTHS is the group that I'm talking about. KJN
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Re: Pennsylvania RR Historical Society

Unread postby GreatNorthern84 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:10 pm

Thanks everyone!

And Doktor, these were 60's into the 70's if my memory serves me correctly!

My best catch from that area was the cast iron "keystone" whistle post, a porcelain "CC" (end of circuit) sign, and the crossing cross buck with "Cat's Eyes"...not one is missing!

Really enjoying the group here!

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Re: Pennsylvania RR Historical Society

Unread postby Doktor No » Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:53 pm

GN84 would the name DeVries be signed on any of the sheets?
As for your other finds...GOOD SHOW! I have a PRR whistle post from the Traverse City branch in front of the fireplace. The crossbuck with the glass reflectors is a nice find too. They go for around 400 bucks at antique sales IF you can find one.
The GR&I site is part of the PRRT&HS. Jim Winslow is the manager if I remember correctly. He has pics and stuff on various sites. And joining the society is well worth the money. Great magazines quarterly. I have belonged for many years. Great group.
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Re: Pennsylvania RR Historical Society

Unread postby MQT1223 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:16 pm

kenN wrote:There is a GR&I Historical society. A friend of mine is involved; let me get in touch with him and let you know. KJN


Do you think they might have any build information on when the tower at Bridge Street was replaced with the existing structure?
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Re: Pennsylvania RR Historical Society

Unread postby Standard Railfan » Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:06 pm

MQT1223 wrote:
kenN wrote:There is a GR&I Historical society. A friend of mine is involved; let me get in touch with him and let you know. KJN


Do you think they might have any build information on when the tower at Bridge Street was replaced with the existing structure?


The answer to that question is maybe. The PRRTHS has an archive with a lot of documents. Other collections of PRR documents were "donated" to a number of institutions. I believe the University of Michigan ended up with a sizable collection of PRR documents related to the railroad's affairs in Michigan.

Either way, you will not be able to call someone and have them find the documentation. At best, you may be able to locate where the documents are supposed to be by checking with the PRRTHS and UofM websites. Assuming you can find out where the documents you think you want, you can then make an appointment to search the archives.
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