We’re hosting a special work session for the Cascade Rail Foundation collections of Milwaukee Road material at Pacific Northwest Railroad Archives in Burien, WA on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The primary focus of the work session will be organizing and digitizing train lists in our collections. We haven’t counted how many there are, but there are definitely hundreds of them. But if that isn’t your ‘cup of tea’, don’t worry! We have plenty of other things that you can do. From putting documents in folders and labeling them with a pencil to scanning documents or photos, we have a task for you! Okay, that may not sound like exciting stuff but you get to do it with fellow Milwaukee Road fans and we always seem to discover some interesting historical tidbits of information as we work. Plus, we’ll feed you pizza at the end of the day! If you’d like to join us, please RSVP to Paul Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message via our contact form on our web site.
More about those train lists…
The Bernsten Collection has three clipboards, each with a stack several inches tall attached to them. One is labeled “Mainline East” and has trainlists from September 1979 through March 19, 1980. Another is labeled “Coast Division Mainline West” and has train lists from July 1979 to March 11, 1980. The third in this collection is labeled “Tacoma South Lines” and has train lists from September 1979 to March 7, 1980. These lists will be a great resource for anyone studying the last months of operations of the Milwaukee Road in Washington.
We also have quite a few train lists from various locations around Washington in the Nighswonger Collection for trains that operated in November 1977 and also have a similar stack from the Freeman Collection for trains that operated in 1979 and 1980.
Here is an example from the Nighswonger Collection (click the image to see a larger version):