Railroad Club Records
UA.12.3.10

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Title
Railroad Club records
ID
UA.12.3.10
Date [inclusive]
1883-1981
Extent
0.5 Cubic feet , 18 folders
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Historical Note

The history of the Railroad Club begins with the acquisition of a steam locomotive. In 1955, Michigan State University Trustee, Forest Akers and with the approval of University President John Hannah, acquired the Pere Marquette steam locomotive 1225. The Dean of Engineering was not interested in this engine so it was given to the MSU Museum. The locomotive was placed on static display near Spartan Stadium.

In 1969, a group of students formed the Michigan State University Railroad Club as a rail fan club. In 1970, at the suggestion of student Randy Paquette, the club considered the possibility of restoring the locomotive and proceeded to start on this goal the following year. At this time, Dr. Breslin, the University Vice President, made it clear that the students needed to keep a presentable work area and if worked stopped on the engine, it would be removed for salvage.

In 1975, the club was able to fire up the boiler and blow the engine's whistle for the first time in 20 years.

In 1978, the club and supporters formed the Michigan State Trust for Railway Preservation and was soon after given ownership of the engine. The engine was moved to Owosso in 1883. In 1885, the engine moved under its own power and the first excursion service was in 1988.

The club ended as an independent entity with the creation of the trust in 1978. Source: Wikipedia

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Scope and Content

The records have been arranged into two series: Railroad Club records is comprised of records directly related to the organization and Historical Railroad records are records collected by club members.

The Railroad Club records include invitations to club activities, membership information, and a brochure related to Project 1225 (restoration of the Pere Marquette engine).

The Historical Railroad records are comprised of forms, labels, stubs, rate information and a copy of the Chicago and Grand Trunk Railway Gazette from 1883.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 2009

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

See Michigan Information - Railroads folder.

Separated Materials

Issues of Project 1225 Newsletter were moved into Serial 584. Jun-July 1974, Nov 1974, Feb 1975, Apr 1975, Jul 1977

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Erie Railroad Company.
  • Grand Trunk Western Railroad.
  • Michigan State University. -- General subdivision--Railroad Club.;
  • Wabash Railway Company.

Subject(s)

  • Organization
  • Railroads

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Collection Inventory

Railroad Club Records 

Correspondence Undated 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 1

Invitations 1975, 1989, Undated 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 2

Membership 1972, Undated 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 3

Michigan Steam Guide 1981 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 4

Project 1225 Brochure Undated 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 5

Project 1225 Members' Bulletin 1989, 1995-2000, 2004 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 6

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Historical Railroad Records 

Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company, Time Return and Delay Report Undated 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 7

Chicago and Grand Trunk Railway Gazette September 1883  


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 8

Erie Railroad Company Circular and Order 1915, 1918 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 9

Pennsylvania Railroad Restricted Run Movement Form Undated 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 10

Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Pan-Handle Route 1920 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 11

POD Labels 1968 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 12

Receipt of Registry Dispatch 1967 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 13

Registry Dispatch Book (Samples) 1959 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 14

Stubs 1970 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 15

Texas Pacific Railway Station Record, 1917 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 16

Toledo and Ironton Railroad Company Train Order 1971 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 17

Wabash Railway Company Rates 1923 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 18

Miscellaneous 1989, undated 

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Photographs 

Drawer

Railroads. Engine 1225 

MSU Photo Collection

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Serials 

#584: Project 1225 

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