Arizona Secretary of State: Arizona Memory Project Is Chugging Along With New Rail Road Collection. “The Arizona State Railroad Museum Foundation, located in Williams, Arizona, recently uploaded 22 full-size, color land grant application maps of the historic Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company on the Arizona Memory Project….The Land Grant Filing Maps are first generation enhanced images scanned from the original ink-on-lined color drawings and filed with the National Archives and Records Administration. The maps represent the railroad from 1881 to 1883.”
Google Blog: Next Junction: Explore Indian Railways with Google Arts & Culture. “Over 151,000 kilometres of track, 7,000 stations, 1.3 million employees and 160 years of history. Indian Railways is one of the most celebrated railway networks in the world. A few months ago, we celebrated the 400th Indian train station connecting to the internet with Google Station, our public Wi-Fi program. Today, we’re bringing Indian Railways’ heritage and sights to the entire world. The most gorgeous architecture, iconic trains and charismatic personalities of Indian Railways can now be found on Google Arts & Culture.”
News Republic: Lake States Railway Historical Association works to expand online archives, membership. “The collections at the Lake States Railway Historical Association contain countless stories of early railroads and the people who worked on them, and the organization’s leaders want to share them with the world. The 5,000-square-foot historical archive on Lynn Street in Baraboo is home to thousands of books, negatives, photographs, blueprints, drawings and other historical documents that detail early railroads, with a principal focus on the Western Great Lakes Region from 1880 to 1916. Volunteers are in the process of cataloging the collections in an online database so railroad enthusiasts around the globe can see what resources the organization has to offer.”
UVA Today: Into The Darkness: UVA Robot Maps Historic Tunnel. “Nicola Bezzo is using robots to map the past. Bezzo, a University of Virginia assistant professor in the departments of Systems and Information Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and two of his graduate students, Esen Yel and Tony Lin, have had a hand in mapping the Blue Ridge Tunnel, a railroad passage cut through Afton Mountain. Claudius Crozet engineered the tunnel, which was completed in 1856.”
Hungry Horse News: McCready Has A Love Of The Railroad. “Flathead historian Kevin McCready has spent 14 years digging through historic newspaper articles, conducting interviews and sifting through old family photo albums. His hours of research have resulted in a digital archive of local history containing more than 69,000 items that he expects to soon make available to the public so others may learn and do their own research.” Mr. McCready’s primary interest is railroading, the Great Northern Railway to be specific.
Missouri State University: Special Collection Spotlight: Frisco Lab Photo Collection. “Part of a recent donation from Frisco Railroad researcher and collector Louis Griesemer, the Frisco Lab Photograph Collection (M 97) is currently being processed and digitized by Special Collections and Archives staff. The collection contains over 5,000 images and will be digitized in its entirety, with a selection made available online. Images include interiors and exteriors of railroad cars, locomotives, accidents, broken parts examined at the lab, Frisco employees, company events, and more. “
Royal BC Museum: 150 stories for 150 years: Canada’s national, provincial and territorial archives launch a new online exhibition. “To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, national, provincial and territorial archives–an historic collaboration of 14 institutions across Canada–have selected 150 images and stories that illustrate how people have traversed our nation over years, decades and centuries, with a major focus on the role of the railway.” To access the entire release for this announcement, you’ll need to use the “Download Release” link on the right to download a PDF.