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Guide to the American railroad station plans mss.3747


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

November 2013


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American railroad station plans

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


10.0 Linear feet (over 140 original plans, mostly in ink on waxed architect's paper, variously sized)



General Physical Description note

Condition os generally quite good, though some of the plans have frayed edges, some soiling, and very minor smudging; it appears that they were most likely stored untouched for many decades.


Over 140 original plans of train stations from the late nineteen and early twentieth centuries, primarily on the Louisville and Nashville railroad. Most are in ink on waxed architect's paper and are variously sized.

Acquisition Information:

purchased from F. A. Bernett Books, 2013

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Martha Bace, 2013

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American railroad station plans, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Biographical/Historical note

A train station is a railway facility where trains regularly stop to load or unload passengers and/or freight. It generally consists of a platform next to the track and a station building (depot) providing related services such as ticket sales and waiting rooms. If a station is on a single track main line, it often has a passing loop to facilitate the traffic. The smallest stations are most often referred to as 'stops.'

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains over 140 original plans, most in ink on waxed architect's paper, variously sized (ranging from approximately 18" x 21" to approximately 31" x 42", mostly tending towards the larger sizes), for railroad stations and their associated buildings in a wide variety of cities and towns in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, and a few in Illinois and Indiana. The plans are mostly stylistically consistent measured drawings, drafted in the prevailing conventions of the day, and show facades of stations, interior details, waiting rooms, privies, crossing signs, telegraph offices, train sheds, decorative plaster work, etc. Many of the plans are annotated, some are dated, and many originate from the home office in Louisville. ~~ from dealer's catalog


F. A. Bernett, Inc.. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Architecture (lcsh)

Community and Place (localbroad)

Railroad stations (lcsh)

Railroad stations--Alabama (lcsh)

Railroad stations--Florida (lcsh)

Railroad stations--Georgia (lcsh)

Railroad stations--Illinois (lcsh)

Railroad stations--Indiana (lcsh)

Railroad stations--Kentucky (lcsh)

Railroad stations--Louisiana (lcsh)

Railroad stations--Mississippi (lcsh)

Railroad stations--Tennessee (lcsh)

Plans Oversize 3747.001