Edwin Shearin Railroad Memorabilia Collection 1931-1981

Creator
Shearin, Edwin
Size
2 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00374

Amassed through a life of collecting, the Edwin Shearin Railroad Memorabilia Collection covers 50 years of railroading in America. With the help of friends and family, Edwin Shearin compilied the various pieces of railroad memorabilia held within this collection.

Biographical/historical note

Amassed through a life of collecting, the Edwin Shearin Railroad Memorabilia Collection covers 50 years of railroading in America. With the help of friends and family, Edwin Shearin compilied the various pieces of railroad memorabilia held within this collection.

The latter half of the twentieth century was a turbulent time for much of the United States railroads. With an increase in automobile and airplane traffic, America's railroad industry saw a marked decrease in rail traffic. Icons of the era like the California Zephyr and Twentieth Century Limited would complete their final runs. This era of railroading was captured in the song "City of New Orleans," penned by Steve Goodman and made famous by folk singer Arlo Guthrie in 1972. Rail traffic, which was at its height during the Second World War, declined sharply over the next 40 years. In 1959, the Interstate Commerce Commission approved the merger of Virginian Railway and Norfolk & Western. This merger ushered in the modern railroad mergers and consolidations. In 1968, the Pennsylvania Railroad merged with New York Central to create Penn Central, which would declare for Chapter 7 bankruptcy two years later on June 21, 1970. This era was punctuated in 1971, when President Richard Nixon along with Congress created Amtrak, via the Rail Passenger Service Act.

Scope/content

This collection is divided into five series. The first series contains publicity pamphlets distributed by various railroad companies marketing their freight and passenger train lines. The second series contains small time tables given to passengers from various railroad companies for their passenger trains. The third series contains miscellaneous information about the United States' railroad industry, and the fourth series contains two volumes of national timetables for all train travel in the United States and Canada. The fifth series contains photographs, cards and postcards, and printed material depicting locomotives and railcars used by railroad companies around the country. The contents of series five may have originally been mounted in an album.

Physical description

3 boxes

Arrangement

This collection is divided into 5 series:

  • MC 374 Series 1. Passenger and Freight Train Pamphlets
  • MC 374 Series 2. Small Timetables
  • MC 374 Series 3. United States Railroad Industry Information
  • MC 374 Series 4. Large Timetables
  • MC 374 Series 5. Photographs, Postcards, and Printed Illustrations

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edwin Shearin Railroad Memorabilia Collection, MC 00374, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Edwin Shearin, March 17, 2005

Processing information

Jason Smith, May, 2005

Passenger Train Pamphlets
Size: 0.25 linear feet

Containing pamphlets for passenger and freight trains, this series covers named trains throughout the United States. Included in this series is information on the Broadway Limited, California Zephyr, and a pamphlet distributed by General Motors for its diesel freight line. This series also includes information about Santa Fe's Chiefs and Super Chiefs.

28 folders

Alton Route undated
Box 1, Folder 1
Broadway Limited undated
Box 1, Folder 2
California Zephyr undated
Box 1, Folder 3
The Century undated
Box 1, Folder 4
The Challengers undated
Box 1, Folder 5
Cincinnati Limited undated
Box 1, Folder 6
City of Los Angeles undated
Box 1, Folder 7
City of Portland undated
Box 1, Folder 8
City of San Francisco undated
Box 1, Folder 9
The Crescent undated
Box 1, Folder 10
Denver Zephyr undated
Box 1, Folder 11
El Capitan undated
Box 1, Folder 12
Empire Builder undated
Box 1, Folder 13
GM Diesel Freight Power undated
Box 1, Folder 14
Liberty Limited undated
Box 1, Folder 15
Milwaukee Roads Super Dome Cars undated
Box 1, Folder 16
North Coast Limited undated
Box 1, Folder 17
Olympian Hiawatha undated
Box 1, Folder 18
The Pittsburgher undated
Box 1, Folder 19
Powhatan Arrow undated
Box 1, Folder 20
Powhatan Arrow and Pocahontas undated
Box 1, Folder 21
Rio Grande Main Line undated
Box 1, Folder 22
Rocky Mountain Rocket undated
Box 1, Folder 23
Santa Fe Super Chief and Chief undated
Box 1, Folder 24
Southern Belle undated
Box 1, Folder 25
Spirit of St. Louis undated
Box 1, Folder 26
Twin Zephyrs undated
Box 1, Folder 27
Wabash Blue Bird undated
Box 1, Folder 28
Small Timetables 1948 July 11-1981 Jan. 31
Size: 0.5 linear feet

This series contains small timetables for the various railroad companies. These passenger timetables provide information concerning the many stops on a rail line. This series contains information from Amtrak, Union Pacific, Rock Island and many smaller rail companies.

63 folders

Amtrak 1971 July 12
Box 1, Folder 29
Amtrak 1976 June 15
Box 1, Folder 30
Amtrak 1980 Oct. 26-1981 Jan. 31
Box 1, Folder 31
Atlantic Coast Railroad 1949 Dec. 16
Box 1, Folder 32
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad 1954 Jan. 10
Box 1, Folder 33
Bangor and Aroostook Railroad 1953 Apr. 27
Box 1, Folder 34
Boston and Maine Railroad 1956 July 8
Box 1, Folder 35
Burlington Route 1952 May-1952 Sept.
Box 1, Folder 36
California Zephyr 1962 June 1
Box 1, Folder 37
Canadian Pacific 1949 Oct. 30
Box 1, Folder 38
Central of Georgia 1953 Apr. 26
Box 1, Folder 39
Central Vermont Railway 1955 Apr. 24
Box 1, Folder 40
Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad 1954 Sept. 26
Box 1, Folder 41
Chicago Eastern Illinois Railroad 1951 Aug. 26
Box 1, Folder 42
The Clinchfield Route 1951 Mar. 4
Box 1, Folder 43
Cotton Belt Route 1951 Feb. 1
Box 1, Folder 44
Erie Railroad 1953 June 14
Box 1, Folder 45
Florida Coast Railway 1952 Sept. 28
Box 1, Folder 46
Frisco 1953 Dec.
Box 1, Folder 47
Georgia Railroad 1952 May 15
Box 1, Folder 48
Grand Trunk Railway System 1952 Nov. 30
Box 1, Folder 49
Great Northern Railway 1966 Oct. 29
Box 1, Folder 50
Gulf Mobile Ohio 1950-1951
Box 1, Folder 51
Illinois Central 1966 Apr. 24
Box 1, Folder 52
Illinois Terminal Railroad Company 1950 Sept. 24
Box 1, Folder 53
Jersey Central Lines 1951 Apr. 29
Box 1, Folder 54
Kansas City Southern Lines 1951 July 1
Box 1, Folder 55
Lackawanna Railroad 1960 July 5
Box 1, Folder 56
Leigh Valley Railroad 1951 Sept. 30
Box 1, Folder 57
Long Island Railroad 1951 Sept. 9
Box 1, Folder 58
Louisville and Nashville Railroad 1951 Sept. 30
Box 1, Folder 59
Maine Central Railroad 1954 Oct. 31
Box 1, Folder 60
The Milwaukee Road 1954 Jan. 24
Box 2, Folder 1
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Katy Railroad 1950 Oct. 1
Box 2, Folder 2
Missouri Pacific Lines 1950 May 21
Box 2, Folder 3
Monon 1951 Apr. 29
Box 2, Folder 4
Nashville Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway 1951 July 1
Box 2, Folder 5
New Haven Railroad 1955 Apr. 24
Box 2, Folder 6
New York Central 1956 July 15
Box 2, Folder 7
Nickel Plate Railroad 1951 July 8
Box 2, Folder 8
Norfolk and Western Railway 1948 July 11
Box 2, Folder 9
Northern Pacific 1953
Box 2, Folder 10
Northwestern 1952 Jan. 15
Box 2, Folder 11
Pennsylvania Railroad 1956 Dec. 14
Box 2, Folder 12
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines 1953 June 28
Box 2, Folder 13
Piedmont and Northern Railway Company 1949 Oct. 16
Box 2, Folder 14
Reading Railroad 1953 Apr. 26
Box 2, Folder 15
Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad 1955 Dec. 15
Box 2, Folder 16
Rio Grande 1955 Apr. 24
Box 2, Folder 17
Rock Island 1952 Oct.
Box 2, Folder 18
Rutland Railway 1953 Apr. 26
Box 2, Folder 19
Santa Fe 1954 Apr. 25
Box 2, Folder 20
Santa Fe 1966
Box 2, Folder 21
Seaboard Railroad 1956 Apr. 29
Box 2, Folder 22
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad 1970 Dec. 11
Box 2, Folder 23
Soo Line 1962 June 29
Box 2, Folder 24
Southern Pacific 1951 July 8
Box 2, Folder 25
Southern Railway System 1956 Aug. 10
Box 2, Folder 26
Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway 1950 Sept. 17
Box 2, Folder 27
Texas and Pacific Railway 1951 Apr. 29
Box 2, Folder 28
Union Pacific 1966 Apr. 24
Box 2, Folder 29
Virginian Railway 1949 Aug. 14
Box 2, Folder 30
Wabash 1951 Apr. 29
Box 2, Folder 31
Western Maryland 1951 Jan. 8
Box 2, Folder 32
United States Railroad Industry Information
Size: 0.25 linear feet

This series contains periodicals about America's rail industry. It covers information about the history of the rail industry and named passenger cars. This series also contains two quizzes concerning America's Railroads.

6 folders

American Railroads: Their Growth and Development undated
Box 2, Folder 33
Named Passenger Cars undated
Box 2, Folder 34
Quiz on Railroads and Railroading [1 of 2] undated
Box 2, Folder 35
Quiz on Railroads and Railroading [2 of 2] undated
Box 2, Folder 36
The Railroad Story undated
Box 2, Folder 37
Railroads at Work undated
Box 2, Folder 38
Large Timetables 1931 Aug.-1950 Oct.
Size: 1 linear foot

This series contains two volumes that are timetables for rail travel throughout the United States and Canada. These volumes provide all the information from the smaller timetables, but from the many rail companies. Only covering one month each, these large timetables serve as the official standards for rail travel.

2 volumes

The Official Guide Standard Time of the Railways 1931 Aug.
Card box 3, Folder 1
The Official Guide Standard Time of the Railways 1950 Oct.
Card box 3, Folder 2
Photographs, Postcards, and Printed Illustrations 1949-1950, undated

The materials in series 5 may have been removed from a scrapbook or album. This series includes photographs, cards and postcards, and printed material depicting locomotives produced by General Motors, locomotives and railcars used by several railroad companies from around the country, and assorted railroad postcards and trading-card calendars.

13 folders

General Motors Locomotives, Cards undated
Half box 4, Folder 1
Baltimore Ohio Locomotive, Reprint undated
Half box 4, Folder 2
Boston and Maine Locomotives undated
Half box 4, Folder 3
Jersey Central Lines Locomotive undated
Half box 4, Folder 4
Long Island Rail Road Locomotive and Railcars undated
Half box 4, Folder 5
Maine Central Railroad Locomotives undated
Half box 4, Folder 6
Norfolk and Western Locomotives, Cards undated
Half box 4, Folder 7
Portland Terminal Company Locomotives undated
Half box 4, Folder 8
Reading Locomotive undated
Half box 4, Folder 9
Virginian Locomotives undated
Half box 4, Folder 10
Western Pacific Railroad Company Locomotives undated
Half box 4, Folder 11
Postcards, assorted 1949-1950, undated
Half box 4, Folder 12
Trading Cards (Pocket Calendars) 1951, 1953, undated
Half box 4, Folder 13
Names

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edwin Shearin Railroad Memorabilia Collection, MC 00374, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.