Island Yard Drawing NW 10129
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We are not able to sell you a copy of drawing NW 10129 at this time.
NW 10129 is a designation the railroad assigned to civil engineering
drawings. This information was entered by one of our volunteers 12
years ago. Unfortunately no information was entered to tell us where
this drawing is stored in our collection.
We have so far cataloged over 99,000 items in our collection.
Unfortunately this covers only about a third of the collection. So
there are large portions of the collection that remain to be
organized and cataloged.
Over half of the collection cataloged to date consists of mechanical
drawings from the Motive Power department. We used the N&W's existing
numbering system to store, catalog and locate drawings in this part
of the collection. As nearly all of the collection consisted of
Motive Power drawings in the early days, this system worked well.
As the collection grew, we began to get more drawings and other
documents which were not from the Motive Power department. The
numbering system the N&W used for civil engineering drawings of
track, bridges, stations and other structures was found to be totally
unusable as a locator system for the Archives. After three years of
discussion and experimentation by the Archives committee we developed
our own method for identifying, storing, cataloging and locating
non-Motive Power department drawings. Thus we began using the "HS"
(Historical Society) series in 2012 and have cataloged nearly 6,000
drawings so far using this method.
The HS series continues to evolve as extensions to the series were
made this summer to accommodate large drawings over 72" wide that
cannot be stored flat in our flat-file drawers.
The systems for storing and locating items in the Archives continues
to evolve. A new series was added to cover large photographs and
posters over 8"x10" which needed to be stored in a different manner
from the rest of the photograph collection. An increasing variety of
negative sizes and formats is leading to changes in that area as well.
These decision are not made lightly or hastily. Making a wrong
decision can result in many wasted volunteer hours and headaches for
keepers of the collection many years in the future.
As we work through the remainder of the collection, NW 10129 will be
discovered once again, but this time it will be cataloged and filed
so that it will not be lost again.
At 06:15 PM 8/15/2014, you wrote:
>is it possible to be able to purchase drawing no NW 10129 which is a
>track chart for the Island Yard in Lynchburg. The drawing is listed
>but is not priced in the archives
>Thanks and regards
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