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PULLMAN-STANDARD CAR MANUFACTURING COMPANY OF BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA RECORDS
Series Descriptions

Flat Car General Arrangement Drawings,
1902-1947. (bulk: 1902-1930).
(1 volume)

{series #393m.30} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of car and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages of general arrangement drawings of flat cars. Also included are some component drawings. Drawings are grouped as follows: Special Built, Transformer Car and Well Car - Built, Cane Car - Built, Flat and Transformer Car - Proposed, and Cane Car - Proposed.

General Drawings of Cars Built by the Rio de Janeiro Plant of Middletown Car Company,
1919-1927.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.31} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by tracing number.

Bound volume of general arrangement drawings of various cars built by the Middletown Car Company plant of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cars include tank, flat, box, stock, gondola, baggage, mail, and conductor cars.

Gondola Car General Arrangement Drawings,
1902-1953.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.32} [Holdings]

Grouped by whether built or proposed, and arranged randomly thereunder.

Loose binder pages of general arrangement drawings under the headings of Gondola Cars Built With Twin Hoppers, Gondola Cars Built, and Gondola Cars Proposed. The drawings depict gondola, ore, and ballast cars.

Gondola End Material Specifications,
1947-1954.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.33} [Holdings]

Arranged randomly.

A binder of specifications for gondola end material. The specifications, from the Michigan City, Indiana plant, are for ordering material to be used to construct the ends of gondola cars.

Hopper Car General Arrangement Drawings,
1902-1953.
(1 volume) 

{series #393m.34} [Holdings]

Grouped by car type, and arranged randomly thereunder.

Loose binder pages of general arrangement drawings divided into the categories of Hoppers, Ore Cars, Side Dump Built, Side Dump Proposed, Cement Cars, and Ballast Cars. There are some drawings from the Michigan City, Indiana plant.

Middletown and Standard Steel Car Company Freight Car Export Proposal Drawings,
1908-1948.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.35} [Holdings]

Grouped by manufacturer and type of car, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages of general arrangement drawings of various freight cars proposed and built for export by Middletown Car Company and Standard Steel Car Company. Volume begins with a twenty-one page listing of cars proposed for export, arranged by type of car. The list gives Middletown drawing number, car type, capacity, weight, buffers, and gauge. Then drawings are divided as follows: box, stock, gondola, flat and cane, hopper, tank, refrigerator, and miscellaneous. Following this section is an eleven page listing similar to the first which provides the Pullman-Standard drawing number. This list  notes the customer for whom the cars were built and provides additional data for each car. Then follows another set of drawings divided as the first section.

Middletown and Standard Steel Car Company Wheel Drawings,
1902-1926.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.36} [Holdings]

Grouped by manufacturer, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

A bound volume of drawings of wheels, axles, and related components. Two-thirds of the drawings are from the Middletown Car Company. The remaining portion contains drawings from the Standard Steel Car Company. A few drawings from the Forged Steel Wheel Company are at the end of the Standard section.

Middletown Box, Tank, Stock, Gondola, Cane, and Hopper Car General Drawings,
1902-1922.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.37} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of car, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages of general arrangement drawings from the Middletown Car Company. Each drawing shows the purchasing railroad. Car types include flat, cane, box, stock, tank, refrigerator, dynamometer, ballast, side dump cars, hoppers, gondolas, and cabooses. A number of the older cars were made for use in Latin America. Divider titles are: Middletown Box Cars, Old Middletown Box Cars, Stock Cars, Gondolas, Flat and Cane, Old Middletown Flat and Cane, Hopper, Tank, Old Middletown Tank, Refrigerator, and Miscellaneous.

Middletown Forging Specifications and Drawings,
1911-1921.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.38} [Holdings]

Arranged randomly.

A bound volume of drawings of forgings from the Middletown Car Company. There is a list of “special forgings” at the front of the volume which names many of the drawings and gives their location in the book. At the rear are some sheets listing forgings by type of car.

Middletown Freight Car Export Proposal Drawings,
1911-1924.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.39} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of car, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages of general arrangement drawings which are divided into the following categories of railroad cars: box, stock, gondola, flat and cane, hopper, tank, refrigerator, and miscellaneous. All are from the Middletown Car Company.

Mine Car General Drawings,
1903-1931.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.40} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages of general arrangement drawings of mine cars.

Miscellaneous Car General Arrangement Drawings,
1903-1957.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.41} [Holdings]

Grouped by manufacturer who built or proposed cars, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages divided as follows: Built – Standard Steel Car Company Miscellaneous, Proposed - Standard Steel Car Company, Built – Middletown, Proposed - Middletown, Built - Standard Steel Car Company Caboose, Proposed - Standard Steel Car Company Caboose, USRA Caboose, Middletown Proposed and Built – Caboose, and Brake Arrangement. The general arrangement drawings in the first section include drop side, container, hopper, cement, sheep, poultry, armored, service and ballast, transfer, derrick, and phosphate cars among others. The second section includes similar cars as well as some for carrying helium, “pickle”, milk, and a turbine water wheel. The Middletown drawings include tenders, hoppers, dump, dynamometer, salt, and nitrate cars among others. The caboose drawings cover a variety of styles.

Miscellaneous Car, Component, Draft Gear and Rigging General Drawings,
1904-1934.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.42} [Holdings]

Grouped by car or component type.

Loose binder pages with dividers separating material into sections for Draft Gear/Rigging, Middletown Draft Rigging, Ore Cars/Container/Ballast Spreader, Vacuum Brakes, Door Details, Gondola Ends, Door Mechanisms, Box Car Doors, and Container Proposals. General arrangement drawings for box, stock, gondola, flat, cane, and tank cars are included as well as drawings of components. A special four page listing of cars built or proposed for export can be found at the end of the section on vacuum brakes. Information provided by the list for each car includes drawing number, type of car, capacity in kilos, weight in kilos, gauge, journals, truck, truck drawing, number built, and for whom built.

Passenger, Suburban Coach, Baggage and Mail Car, Heating, Brake, and Electrical System Drawings,
1906-1926.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.43} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages for general arrangement drawings of motor cars, baggage and mail cars, suburban coaches, passenger cars, street cars, baggage cars, baggage and passenger cars, and dynamometer cars, among others. Also included are drawings for heat, electrical, brake, and steam systems and for cross and vertical sections of most cars. There is a two page listing of car types which provides car number, purchasing railroad, and the drawing numbers for the general arrangement, cross section, air brake, and heating system.

Refrigerator and Stock Car General Drawings,
1902-1934.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.44} [Holdings]

Grouped by car type and whether built or proposed, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages which are found at the end of the drawings in Truck Drawings, 1904-1949 {series #393m.47}. Material consists of general arrangement drawings divided as follows: Stock Cars Built, Stock Cars Proposed, Refrigerator Car, and Proposals.

Tank Car General Drawings,
1903-1929.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.45} [Holdings]

Grouped by whether built or proposed, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages of Standard Steel Car Company general drawings of tank cars, divided according to which were built  and which were proposed. Among the drawings is one for a steam-heated pitch car.

Tracings,
1902-1953 (bulk: 1902-1920).
(17 cartons and 65 boxes)

{series #393m.46} [Holdings]

Grouped by drawer number, and arranged numerically by tracing number therein.

Many of these drawings are indexed externally, numerically by tracing number, in Tracing Number Assignments, 1-1743 and 100000-124645, 1902-1935. (8 volumes) {series #393m.65} and Tracing Number Assignments for Freight Cars, 49700-57059, 1925-1937. (1 volume) {series #393m.64}.Loose drawings, generally of components used in railcar manufacture. Some are general arrangement drawings of complete cars. Drawer assignments are chronological within size range. Small drawings comprise drawers 65 through 80C. Medium drawings are found in drawers 81 through 96A, and large drawings begin with drawer 97 and include drawer 17. Some complete car drawings may be found in drawers 17, 107-111 and 121-124. About ninety-five percent of the tracings are from the Standard Steel Car Company plants in western Pennsylvania. The remainder are from the Middletown Car Company. **Note: the processing and rehousing of this collection is a continuing volunteer project and listings are subject to revision at any time.

Truck Drawings,
1904-1949.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.47} [Holdings]

Grouped by trucks built and proposed, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

These loose binder pages begin with a three page listing of trucks proposed for export with columns for drawing number, type of truck, capacity, gauge, journals, and customer. Truck layout drawings are then divided into Export Trucks Built and Export Trucks Proposed. Many of the early drawings are from the Middletown Car Company.

Truck Bolster Drawings,
1902-1936.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.48} [Holdings]

Grouped by company, thereunder by item, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder drawings of truck bolsters and side frames. Material is divided into Verona Made Bolsters, Verona Pattern Truck Side Frames, Cast Steel Side Frames, Truck Bolsters, and Middletown Truck Bolsters. A divider has on it a list of Verona bolster and side frame patterns. Attached is a memo matching these numbers to tracing numbers.

Truck Drawings (Built and Proposed),
1910-1951.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.49} [Holdings]

Grouped by company, thereunder by item, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages of truck layout drawings grouped into the following categories:  Verona, Verona Side Frame, Verona Bolsters, Washburn Side Frames, Built, and Proposals. The Verona divider has a list that provides bill number, customer, capacity, size of journal, office order number, truck general drawing number, side frame number, bolster number, class, date, and remarks. Most of the built material dates from 1918 or later.

Truck Drawings (Built Before United States Railway Administration),
1902-1917.
(1 volume)  

{series #393m.50} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages of drawings of truck layouts and truck arrangements.

United States Railway Administration Freight Car Standard Design Drawings,
1919-1921.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.51} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of car, and thereunder arranged numerically by drawing number.

Loose binder pages of general arrangement drawings of United States Standard Design for the following types of freight cars: Single Sheathed Box Car, Double Sheathed Box Car, Refrigerator Car, Steel Box Car, Ventilated Box Car, Stock Car, 55 and 70 Ton Flat Car, 100 Ton Gondola, 70 Ton Low Side Gondola Wood Floor, 70 Ton Low Side Gondola Steel Floor, 50 Ton High Side Gondola, 50 Ton Composite Gondola, 50 Ton General Service Car, 50 and 70 Ton Hopper Cars, Tank Cars, Truck Layout, and Miscellaneous. Drawings are from 1919 to 1921.


Industry Trade Association Standards


Drawings of the Standards and Recommended Practices of the Master Car Builders Association,
1918.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.52} [Holdings]

Arranged by standards and recommended practices.

A volume issued by the Master Car Builder’s Association. It contains drawings of standard components, safety appliances, and tests for freight and passenger cars. Topics addressed include journal boxes, bearings, wedges, gages, springs, wheels, axles, brake gear, truck bolsters, couplers, and other components.

Designs of 50 and 70 Ton Nominal Capacity Hopper Cars of the Association of American Railroads,
1935.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.53} [Holdings]

Arranged by plate number.

Report of Committee on Car Construction, American Association of Railroads, of June 1935. The volume includes a narrative analysis of reasons for development of the designs, comparative features, comments on construction, specifications, and general drawings of cars and components. Designs for cast steel alternate construction are included in an appendix.

Manual of Standard and Recommended Practice of the Association of American Railroads,
1942 and 1946.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.54} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of manual and thereunder by subject.

Binder contains the trade association manuals of 1942 and 1946. The manuals are indexed by topic and contain major subdivisions as follows: Specifications for Materials, Gages and Testing Devices, Car Construction Fundamentals, Trucks and Truck Details, Brakes and Brake Equipment, Locomotive Wheels, Safety Appliances, Specifications for Tank Cars, and Miscellaneous.

Specification Manual of the Association of American Railroads,
1939-1949.
(5 folders)

{series #393m.55} [Holdings]

Grouped by material and processes.

Volume of detailed specifications for materials used in railcar manufacture. All processes in the creation of materials and their subsequent forming into components are covered.

Supplement to the Manual of the American Railway Association,
1930.
(2 folders)

{series #393m.56) [Holdings]

Arranged by plate number.

The supplement is in two parts and includes drawings for standard cars and trucks adopted as recommended practice. The supplement is indexed by plate number and contains general arrangement and component drawings.

Supplement to the Manual of the Association of American Railroads,
1939, 1941, 1946, 1947.
(4 folders)

{series #393m.57} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of supplement and by plate number thereunder.

Supplements were issued as revisions to procedures or drawings when considered necessary by the Committee on Car Construction. The 1939 and 1941 issues are concerned with revisions to tracing lists and component drawings. The 1946 issue contains general arrangement drawings for light weight gondola, hopper and steel sheathed box cars. The 1947 issue contains further general and component drawings and includes standard refrigerator cars with hopper, gondola, and box cars.

Supplement to the Manual of the American Railway Association: Drawings for Cars and Trucks Adopted as Recommended Practice,
1923, 1925, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1938 (bulk: 1923, 1925).
(2 volumes)

{series #393m.58} [Holdings]

Arranged by plate number.

Two volumes constitute the Report of Committee on Car Construction concerning American Railway Association box cars, both wood and steel sheathed. The recommended practices proposed include material specifications, assembly procedure, and designs. The report volumes date from 1923 and 1925 respectively with some modifications added at later dates. General drawings and detailed drawings of all components are included.


Order Tracking Registers, Indexes, Parts Specifications


Index Sheets for Cars Built by the Middletown and Pullman-Standard Car Export Company,
1904-1938 (bulk: 1915-1930).

(1 folder)

{series #393m.59} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of car, then arranged by manufacturer, and thereunder by drawing number.

An index of cars built and proposed for export by Standard Steel Car Company and Middletown Car Company. Both the built and proposed sections are broken down by the following car types: box, stock, gondola, hopper, flat and cane, tank, refrigerator, trucks, caboose, and cars built for Africa. For each car type, the index sheets have columns providing company drawing number, description of car, capacity in kilos, weight in kilos, buffers, gauge in feet and metric, journals in inches and metric, truck, truck drawing, quantity built, and for whom built. Index duplicates most material found at front of general arrangement drawings in Middletown and Standard Steel Car Company Freight Car Export Proposal Drawings, 1908-1948. (1 volume) {series #393m.35}.

Middletown Office Orders, M3500-3725,
1928-1931.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.60} [Holdings]

Arranged by order numbers, which were assigned chronologically.

A volume of order tracking data. Information provided is date, order number, company ordering, and a brief statement concerning the transaction.

Office Orders, 20619-22819,
1909-1913.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.61} [Holdings]

Arranged by office order number.

Volume appears to be an order tracking book. Each entry lists purchaser’s order number, office order number, customer, class, number of trucks, date order received, date delivery promised, dates of material ordered, and correspondence file, among other data.

Register of Orders,
1935-1961.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.62} [Holdings]

Arranged by date of order.

A two part ledger. The first part appears to be a listing of orders for railcar components, while the second is for castings from the foundry. The first provides serial number of order, date, who work is for, title of work, and blueprint number of the ordering company. The second section lists orders by serial number, ordering company, and a drawing number.

Specifications for Parts and Materials from Railroad Companies,
1890-1910.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.63} [Holdings]

Arranged by railroad company.

A box folder containing one or two-page specifications issued by various railroad companies. The specifications were to be used by car and component manufacturers when making products for the various companies. The sheets cover both materials and procedures.

Tracing Number Assignments for Freight Cars, 49700-57059,
1925-1937.
(1 volume)

{series #393m.64} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by tracing number.

Index of consecutive tracing number assignments from 49700 through 57060 of which the Archives only holds actual drawings in the range 49700 to 53542. Though only a few entries are dated, the series runs from 1925 to 1937. Information provided is the title of the drawing, date (for some), drawing number, drawer, and railway company. The tracing numbers are assigned to drawings of different sizes. Those drawings which are 9” x 12” were consigned to drawers 133A, 133B, and 133C and this volume may serve as an index for the range cited above. The drawings will be found in carton 5 of Tracings, 1903-1953. (17 cartons and 40 boxes) {series #393m.46}.

Tracing Number Assignments, 1-1743 and 100000-124645,
1902-1935.
(8 volumes)

{series #393m.65} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by assigned tracing number.

Index ledgers of consecutive tracing number assignments from 1 to 1734 and 100000 to 124645 of which the Archives only holds actual drawings in the ranges 1005 to 1734 and 100022 to 124552. The ledgers provide the tracing number, drawer in which the tracing was placed, date, title, and railroad for which the tracing was made. These index ledgers may be used to find 9” x 12” drawings which are contained in the drawers described in Tracings, 1903-1953. (17 cartons and 40 boxes) {series #393m.46}.

Specifications for Railway Cars, #1762-#1899,
1921-1923.
(1 carton)

{#393m.66} [Holdings]


Arranged by serial number.

Specifications which describe the materials, procedures, and plans to be used in the construction of specific railroad cars. Paragraphs provide information on all major components of the cars. Car general dimensions are included.


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