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Railroad Microfilm at the Pennsylvania State Archives
  • MG-2 Business Records Collection / Allegheny Portage RR
  • MG-48 Fall Brook Railroad and Coal Company Records
  • MG-199 Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Collection
  • MG-274 Lehigh Valley Railroad Company Records
  • MG-286 Penn Central Railroad Collection
  • MG-300 Erie Lackawanna Railway Company Deposit
  • MG-311 Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company Records
  • MG-427 Baldwin-Hamilton Company Collection
  • RG-14 Records of the Dept. of Internal Affairs / Bureau of Statistics
  • RG-17 Records of the Commonwealth Land Office / Columbia and Philadelphia RR
  • RG-52 Records of the Dept. of Transportation / State Transportation Commission

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MG-2
Business Records Collection

Transportation Accounts, Pennsylvania Canals
  • roll #3323: Allegheny Portage Railroad Journals, 1831-1835,1849-1852 Ledger, March-August 1850, 1 roll

MG-48
Fall Brook Railroad and Coal Company Records
  • roll #1145: Moses Van Campen Papers, 1778-1831, 1 roll (part)

  • roll #3980: John Magee Census Book, 1 roll

MG-199
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Collection
  • roll #2646-2649: Pennsylvania Railroad Company Papers, 1846-1881 (Auction Items), 4 rolls
  • roll #4911-4912: Pennsylvania State Railroad Commission Minute Books, 1908-1913, 2 rolls

MG-274
Lehigh Valley Railroad Company Records

Lehigh Valley Railroad Company

  • roll #4424: Earnings & Expenses, 1880-1886 (6 of 19 vols.), 1 rolls (part)
  • roll #2979-2983: Engineer's Files (Maintenance of Way), n.d.Valuation Prints, Title Maps & Valuation Bureau Records, n.d. (filmed by LVRR), 5 rolls

  • roll #4424: Land Developement File, 1849-1962 (Box 4 of 7), 1 rolls(part)

  • roll #4422-4423: Minutes, 1850-1901 (4 of 41 vols.), 2 rolls

Subsidiary Companies: Non-Transportation

  • roll #4424: Connell Coal Co. Balance Sheets, 1903-1905 (vol. 6), 1 roll (part)
  • roll #4424-4425: Lehigh Valley Coal Co., History, 1907, 2 rolls

  • roll #3322: Morris Canal and Bridge Company Records Index to Ledger K, 1844, 1 roll

  • roll #4425-4426: Wyoming Valley Coal Co. Papers, 1878-1917, 2 rolls

MG-286
Penn Central Railroad Collection

Pennsylvania Railroad Company
  • Comptroller
    • roll #RRV 949-1072: Account Books Cashbooks, Journals and Ledgers, ca. 1828-1950 (finding aid available in folder for PRR Comptroller). 94 rolls.
  • Secretary
    • roll #RRV 1-85: Minute Books and Indexes of Various Companies, [ca. 1800-1951) (finding aid available, microfilm project PC-2). 85 rolls.
      • includes Index to the Minute Books of the PRR Board of Directors (partial), 1847-1952. (12 rolls, as follows:)
        • 1847-1871 - #RRV 54
        • 1871-1897 - #RRV 55
        • 1898-1918 - #RRV 55-57, and 2 omitted pages on #RRV 77
        • 1918-1933 - #RRV 57-60
        • 1933-1937 - #RRV 5
        • 1937-1941 - #RRV 5-6
        • 1941--1944 - #RRV 6
        • 1944-1947 - #RRV 80-81
        • 1947-1949 - #RRV 81
        • 1949-1952 - #RRV 81-82
        • (1952-1959 - no microfilm held for these years)
    • roll #RRV 86-91: Minute Books of PRR Board of Directors (partial) 1847-1891, vols. 1-12. 6 rolls.
    • Index to the Valuable Papers File, [ca. 1850-1967]. 27 rolls
      • roll #RRV 1073-1087: Alphabetical Index (personal & corporate names)
      • roll #RRV 1088-1094: Geographical Index (alphabetical by location)
      • roll #RRV 1095-1099: Numerical Index (numerical by file #)
    • roll #RRV 1448: Library Photograph Collection, Rau Booklets. 1 roll.
    • roll #RRV 368-374: Library Publicity Photographs, ca. 1889-1960. 7 rolls.
    • roll #RRV 376-377: History of the Pennsylvania Railroad by J. Elfreth Watkins. 2 rolls.
  • President
    • roll #RRV 1438: Presidential Correspondence of Cassatt & McCrea (select materials only) (1 roll)

  • Vice President of Law
    • roll #RRV 1425-1437: Legal Department Records, ca. 1860-1912 (select filmings only from multiple series (13 rolls)

  • Vice President of Operation
    Chief of Motive Power

    • roll #RRV 345-348: Condition of Freight Train Cars and Work Equipment (MP13, 13A, 13C) 1869-1920. 4 rolls.
    • roll #RRV 0366: Descriptive Record of Cumberland Valley RR Freight Equipment Renumbered and Relettered into PRR Equipment, #68/49, March 20, 1920. 1 roll.
    • roll #RRV 355-366: Historical Record Forms for New Freight Cars (IT-210) 1919-1920. 12 rolls.
    • roll #RRV 233-345: Historical Record Cards for Retired Freight Cars, 1950-1967. 113 rolls.
    • roll #RRV 219-232: Historical Record Cards for Retired Passenger Cars, 1927-1955. 14 rolls.
    • roll #RRV 199-218: Historical Record Cards for Retired Steam Locomotive Tenders, 1937-1959. 20 rolls.
    • roll #RRV 169-199: Historical Record Cards for Retired Steam Locomotives, 1925-1959. 33 rolls.
    • rolls #RRV 1149-1201: Index to Mechanical Engineering Drawings, n.d. 53 rolls. (finding aid available in folder for V.P. of Operations-Mechanical Engineer)
    • roll #RRV 348-354: Lines West Historical Books: Freight Car Equipment, ca. 1900-1920. 7 rolls.
    • rolls #RRV 376-948: Mechanical Engineering Drawings, ca. 1875-1960. 573 rolls. (finding aid available in folder for V.P. of Operations-Mechanical Engineer; (frame by frame list of drawings available for following rolls #'s 2,6,7,9,10,12,13,14,16,19-32,34-55,57-64,66-72,74-75)
    • roll #RRV 367-368: Motive Power Personnel Records, ca 1870-1912. 2 rolls.
    • roll #RRV 92: Register of New Cars, 1883-1914 1 Vol. 1 roll.
    • roll #RRV 101-110: Record of Blueprints and Tracings, #417,468-#501,781. 10 rolls.
    • roll #RRV 1449: Record of New Equipment by Yearly Program Years, 1898-1915
    • roll #RRV 1449: Record of Orders for New Equipment,1946-1970. 1 roll.
    • roll #RRV 0949-1072: Supervisor of Motive Power Expenditures: Various Series of PRR microfilm. 223 rolls.
    • roll #RRV 1439-1443: Supervisor of Motive Power Expenditures: Betterment Arbritrarities, [ca. 1920-1951]. 4 rolls.
  • Vice President of Personnel

    • roll #RRV 93-100: Salary Committee's Performance Appraisal
      Program Files, 1955-1966. 8 rolls.
Penn Central Corporation
  • Vice President of Real Estate

    • #RRV 1100-1148: Real Estate Maps & Atlases, ca. 1831-1960
      (finding aid available, microfilm project PC-94) 49 rolls.

New York Central

  • roll #RRV 1444-1447: New York Central Board of Directors' Minutes and Index. 4 rolls.

PRR Subsidiary Companies

  • roll #RRV 375: Susquehanna Coal Company, Annual Report,
    1897 (1 vol.); Journals, 1869-1908 (2 of 5 vols.); Minutes, 1869-1904
    (1 of 3 vols.) 1 roll.

PRR Negatives That Would Require Duplication Before Use:

The State Archives recieved a number of shipments of PRR microfilm negative rolls from Penn Central. Some of the MG-286 rolls listed above are duplicates of this film. However, we did not have the resources to copy all of the film series, and so many of the rolls remain unduplicated and inaccessable for immediate research. If you do not see the film you want in the list above, it may be that we have the negatives and they just haven't been duplicated yet. Each negative shipment was identified by a numbered "PC" sheet, so the entries on the index are in order by PC number. Each "PC" shipment was usually accompanied by some sort of listing of roll contents created by the PRR. These listings are available in paper form in the State Archives search room. You may request that copies of the negatives be made, but you would have to pay the standard microfilm duplication price for each roll, and the process would take the standard 6 to 8 weeks. The negative series available are as follows:

  • PC-3: United N.J. RR & Canal Co.: Executive Documents 1830-1942
  • PC-4: PRR Secretary: Board Files BF, BFA, BFB, ca. 1847-1950
  • PC-6: PRR Secretary: Valuable Papers File, "A" Documents & Index. 1846-1949 (Index is duplicated for use; Documents themselves are not)
  • PC-8: Long Island RR: ca. 1834-1942 & undated
  • ca. 1900-1955
  • PC-14: PRR Secretary: various series: Service Record Cards (Work Histories) of Officers, 1942-1950, G56 Forms for Secy's Papers Sent to Storage, 1922-1942, Organization Cards: Data on Corporation & Directors, 1950
  • PC-15: PRR Supt. of Telegraphs & Signals: Drawings, ca. 1940-1950
  • PC-16: PRR V.P. of Personnel: Personnel Service Record Cards, 1950-53
  • PC-17: PRR Gen'l Passenger Agent, Pass. Traffic Dept.: Sample Tickets, ca. 1950
  • PC-18: PRR V.P. Traffic: Record File, 1900-1950+
  • PC-22: PRR Comptroller: Journals, Ledgers & Cashbooks, ca. 1828-1950 (partially duplicated, 94 out of 734 rolls)
  • PC-22A: PRR Comptroller: Accrual Cards, 1923-1942
  • PC-23: PRR Comptroller: Individual & Companies' Account Books; Transfer Ledgers, 1942-1950
  • PC-24: PRR Comptroller: Securities Cards, ca. 1853-1950
  • PC-25: PRR Comptroller: Valuation Records, ca. 1920-1950
  • PC-26: PRR Comptroller: Misc. Valuation & Tax Records, ca. 1920-1950
  • PC-27: New York Central RR Comptroller: Ledgers, Journals & Trial Balances, ca. 1941-1951+
    • Note: See special printed index to NYC Comptroller Records for PC-27, PC-34 & PC-49. It is filed with PC-27 sheets.
  • PC-49: NYC Secretary: Minutes, 1826-1951
    • Note: See special printed index to NYC Comptroller Records for PC-27, PC-34 & PC-49. It is filed with PC-27 sheets. Also seems to be a copy filed with 49

MG-300
Erie Lackawanna Railway Company Deposit

Erie Railroad Company

  • roll #2988-2989: Annual Reports, 1896-1925, 4 rolls

  • roll #4309: Annual Reports, 1938-1954, 1 roll

  • roll #4615-4629: Minutes of the Stockholders, Directors and Executive Committee, 1895-1960 (56 vols.), 15 rolls

Minute Books of Subsidiary Companies:

  • Atlantic & Great Western RR Co.
    • roll #4394: Dec. 10,1871-Dec. 15 1877 (1 vol), 1 roll (part)
    • roll #4394-4395: 1871-1879 (2 vols), 2 rolls
    • roll #4394: Executive Committee, 1859-1880 (4 vols), 1 roll (part)
    • roll #4393: in New York, 1859-1865 (1 vol) Consolidated, 1865-1867 (1 vol) of New York, No. 1, 1871 (1 vol) Reorganized, 1871-1877 (1 vol) of Ohio, 1871, (1 vol), 1 roll
  • roll #4395: Buffalo Extension of Atlantic & Great Western Railway, 1864-1865 (1 vol), 1 roll (part)

  • roll #4410: Butler Mine Company, 1885-1911 (1 vol), 1
  • roll
  • roll #4395: Chicago & Atlantic Railway Company, 1873-1889 (2 vols), 1 roll (part)

  • roll #4395-4396: Chicago & Erie RR Co., 1890-1947 (4 vols) 2 rolls

  • roll #4397: Columbus & Erie RR Co., 1905-1941 (1 vol) Erie & Jersey RR Co., 1905-1915 (2 vols), 1 rolls

  • roll #4410: Erie & Wyoming Valley RR, 1882-1942 (2 vols) Florence Coal Co., 1883-1903 (1 vol), 1 roll (part)

  • roll #4397-4398: Genessee River RR Co., 1905-1915 (2 vols) 2 rolls

  • roll #4398: New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio RR Co., 1880-1895 (1 vol); Board of Directors, 1880-1896 (1 vol); Executive Committee, 1880-1895 (3 vols), 1 roll

  • roll #4410: Washington Coal Co., 1847-1849 (1 vol), 1 roll

  • roll #4396: Wat-Chung RR Co., 1871-1891 (1 vol), 1 roll

  • roll #4264-4289: Minutes of the Stockholders, Directors and

  • roll #4298-4308: Executive Committee, 1895-1960 (56 vols), 37 rolls

  • roll #4399: Miscellanous Records of Subsidiary Companies: Atlantic & Great Western Railway/Official Scheme of Reorganization, 1870 (1 vol) Atlantic & Great Western Railroad Co./Annual Report, 1872 Nypano Railroad Co./Organization & Lease, 1896, 1 roll

Erie Railroad & Erie Lackawanna Companies

  • Minutes of the Erie RR and the Erie Lackawanna RR Companies, 1960-1961 (1 vol), 1 roll

Erie Railway Company

  • roll #2990: Annual Reports, 1862-1869, 1871-1876, 1 roll (part)

  • roll #4401-4402: Minutes of the Board of Directors, 1861-1879 (4 vols), 2 rolls

  • roll #4403: Minutes of the Board of Directors and Stockholders, 1868-1880 (2 vols), 1 roll

  • roll #4402-4403: Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, 1861-1875 (6 vols), 2 rolls

  • roll #4404: Minutes of the Finance Committee, 1872-1875 (2 vols), 1 roll (part)

New York & Erie Railroad Company

  • roll #2990: Annual Reports, 1835-1858 Map of New York & Erie System, 1853, 1 roll (part)

  • roll #4404: Minutes of the Board of Commissioners & Board of Directors, 1832-1842 (1 vol), 1 roll (part)

  • roll #4404-4405: Minutes of the Board of Directors, 1842-1861 (4 vols), 2 rolls

  • roll #4404: Minutes of the Executive or Standing Committee, 1833-1847 (1 vol), 1 roll (part)

New York, Lake Erie & Western Railroad Company

  • roll #2991: Annual Reports, 1878-1904, 1 roll

  • roll #4392: By-Laws & Organization Records, 25 September 1879 (1 vol), 1 roll

  • roll #4391: Minutes of the Finance Committee, 1884-1893 (2 vols), 1 roll

  • roll #4391-4392: Minutes of the Board of Directors, 1878-1896 (2 vols), 2 rolls

  • roll #4392-4393: Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, 1878-1893 (5 vols), 2 rolls

    Various Companies
  • roll #4399: Executive Order Book, 1872-1888, 1 roll

  • roll #4400: Corporate History of Erie Railroad System, 1 roll

MG-311
Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company Records
  • roll #2992-2996: Minutes of the Board of Managers, 1865-1912, 5 rolls (part)

  • roll #2996-3000: Minutes of the Board of Management and Executive Committee, 1913-1955, 5 rolls (part)
  • roll #4209-4210: Minutes of the Stockholders, 1821-1931, 2 rolls

  • roll #3001: Lehigh Coal Mine Company, 1792-1829 Treasurers' Ledger, 29 March 1792-19 January 1829 Treasurers' Pay Book, 17 May 1792-19 January 1829 Minutes of the Subscribers, President, Managers & Stockholders, 21 February
    1792-18 January 1836 LCNC Scrapbooks, 1818-1840 (not inclusive), 1 roll

  • roll #3002: Historical Files, Miscellaneous, n.d., 1 roll

MG-427
Baldwin-Hamilton Company Collection
  • roll #RRV 112-113: Box & Drawer Listing for Tracings & Blueprints, compiled by Robert B. Hain for PHMC 2 rolls

  • roll #RRV 143-158: Card Index to Tracings (Fenerty Index to Locomotive Drawings) Alphabetical File 16 rolls

  • roll #RRV 159-168: Card Index to Tracings (Fenerty Index to Locomotive Drawings) Numerical File 10 rolls

  • roll #RRV 116-120: Card Record Books, 1910-1912, 1914-1941 5 rolls

  • roll #RRV 114-116: Construction Number Books, 1904-1956 3 rolls

  • roll #RRV 126-128: Contract Books, 1867-1931 (4 vols) 3 rolls

  • roll #RRV 129-131: Cross Reference to Alphabetical Tracing Card File (2 boxes) 3 rolls

  • roll #RRV 125-126: Drawing Directories, 1941-1953 (2 vols) 2 rolls

  • roll #RRV 111: Electric Card Directories, 1906, 1916, 1937-1967 (3 vols) 1 roll

  • roll #RRV 120-124: Electric Locomotive Specification Books, 1904-1936 (11 vols) 5 rolls

  • roll #RRV 141-142: General Indexes to Tracings, n.d. (3 vols) (duplicate of next) positive microfilm 2 rolls

  • roll #RRV 114: General Indexes to Tracings, n.d. (3 vols) (duplicate of above) negative microfilm 1 roll

  • roll #RRV 132-133: Registers of Locomotives Ordered for Year (Originals only) 1901-1907 (3 vols) 2 rolls

  • roll #RRV 133-140: Steam Locomotive Order Books, 1907-1925 (11 vols) 7 rolls
  • roll #RRV 141: Foreign Locomotive Order Books, 1919-1920 (1 vol) 1 roll

RG-14
Records of the Dept. of internal Affairs

Bureau of Statistics
  • roll #386-389: Annual Reports of Passenger and Street Railway Companies and Railroad and Steam Railroad Companies, Accident Reports, 1861-1903 (not inclusive), 4 rolls

RG-17
Records of the Commonwealth Land Office


Columbia & Philadelphia Railroad
  • roll #3441-3444: Contracts, 1829-1851. {#17.476}, 4
  • rolls
  • roll #3445-3453: Damage Claims, 1832-1857. {#17.477}, 9 rolls

  • roll #3454-3459: Reports & Miscellaneous Documents, 1827-1858. {#17.478}, 6 rolls

RG-52
Records of the Dept. of Transportation

State Transportation Commission
  • roll #4963-4994: Records of the State Highway & Bridge Authority, State Highway Commission, State Transportation Commission, and Transportation Advisory Committee, 1949-1994 (see listing in Manuscript Reading Room), 32 rolls


Locomotive

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