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paulbrockatsf
Fireman

USA
3581 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2005 :  5:16:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is a link that for floor plans for buildings in British Columbia, Canada but they would be useful in other settings as well. I have visited some of these structures when I was in BC. I think the Heritage Building Sites” are worth a look at. Click on "Measured Drawings Index".

http://collections.gc.ca/drawings/sitemap.html

Paul
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wvrr
Fireman

5252 Posts

Posted - 04/18/2005 :  4:11:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
In my research of coal mines this weekend, I stumbled upon the Pennsylvania State Department of Environmantal Protection, which has webpages on the history of mining in Pennsylvania. There are a lot of images made from stereoview pictures. After looking at them, you really begin to appreciate today's working conditions.

http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/bmr/historicalminingreports/index.html

Chuck

Wyoming Valley Railroad
http://sites.google.com/site/wvrails/
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25345 Posts

Posted - 04/18/2005 :  5:12:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chuck & Paul,
Thanks for your additions to this thread.

Chuck, I have signed up for the IR site, and have already spent quite a bit of time looking at that PA EPA website.

Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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jatravia
Fireman

USA
2683 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2005 :  2:47:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.brynmawr.edu/iconog/ A good site for measured drawings from the "Greater Philadelphia" area including residences and businesses.

http://www.dvrbs.com/ This site isn't always up but it is worth poking around when it is for some great old photos of Camden NJ. Note that some of the pages here contain lots of photos and even scans from old news papers that can really bog down a slower pc or dial-up connection.

http://www.westjerseyhistory.org/ This site contains photos from the western New Jersey region.

http://www.nextination.com/longacoming/index.shtml This site has some interesting photos from Berlin NJ - once called "Long-A-Coming"

These are a few links that I have bookmarked and I think they contain some great reference material.

Joe <><
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jatravia
Fireman

USA
2683 Posts

Posted - 05/27/2005 :  10:42:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Found this site this morning: http://www.gingerb.com/index.html it features The Old Company's Lehigh™ and Central Railroad of New Jersey in the Anthracite Region. I especially like this page: http://www.gingerb.com/scranton_station.htm as the photo of the brewery is perfect for modeling.

Joe <><

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patches
New Hire

2 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2005 :  10:06:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Dutchman

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Originally posted by Climax1880

Hey Guys:
Speaking of museums, libraries etc. Does anyone know where to get copies of Sanborn Insurance maps? I know that Harry Brunk (NG&SLG author) swears by them. His Up Clear Creek on the Narrow Gauge installments are full of references to these maps. They even give you building measurements and placements.


patches
JR, a Google Search of Sanborn Maps yielded some sites where you can view them. When I Googled "Sanborn Maps Purchase", I found this site. http://www.edrnet.com/reports/historical.html




J.R.
Also for Sanborns:
www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/sanbul_NY_R.html

The "safest quote; is a "no quote."
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paulbrockatsf
Fireman

USA
3581 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2005 :  2:32:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Guys,

Some great links. Thanks a lot.

Paul B
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25345 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2006 :  4:48:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Following a link posted by Mark (quarryman) to the Virginia Tech. Arcives, I found their special photo collection from the N&W. I will be a great resource for anyone modeling the N&W, or coal mining.

Here is the link: http://imagebase.lib.vt.edu/browse.php?folio_ID=/trans/nss

Thanks, Mark!

Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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railmus
Fireman

Canada
1762 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2006 :  4:08:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit railmus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Links with a Canadian Flavour!
www.wtjhs.ca/ West Toronto Junction Historical Society

http://trainweb.org/oldtimetrains/whatsnew.html Canadian Railway Archive Site

http://www.toronto.ca/archives/links.htm City of Toronto Archives

http://www.railwaybob.com/ History of Railways in Eastern Ontario

http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/index.html Archives of Ontario

http://www.vex.net/%7Ebri/CROR/home.html Canadian Rail Operating Rules

http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/CountyAtlas/SearchMapframes.php McGill Digital Library 1880 Ontario Maps

http://www.igs.net/%7Ecjbutler/rr/links.htm Prescott & Madawaska District RR Mostly Canadian links and Archives

http://www.ovar.ca/CraigLibrary/index.html Craig Library Great Canadian Railways Reference Site
http://www.trainscan.com/ Online Information Resource for the Canadian Railway Community

http://collections.ic.gc.ca/E/View.html Canada's Digital Collections

More on my web site links page.

John Kanakos
CNJWS II, Custom Models- Design & Build
http://www.junctionwestsub.ca
NMRA #055691 CARM # 212
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spovlot
Engine Wiper

USA
308 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2006 :  4:52:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is a website that I use quite often since I am modeling the Atlanta, Georgia area.

http://www.library.gsu.edu/spcoll/avcoll/atlphoto.htm

This Georgia State University collection contains over 10,864 photographs (mostly from the 1940's and 1950's). You might also be interested in this site (http://atlantatimemachine.com/) which shows a "Then and Now" comparison using these photos.

For more images from Georgia, check out the following:

State of Georgia's Virtual Vault - http://www.sos.state.ga.us/archives/Vault/ArcVirtualVault/
This site includes actual plans of railroad structures including the Atlanta and West Point RR.

Vanishing Georgia - http://dbs.galib.uga.edu/cgi-bin/ultimate.cgi?dbs=vanga&ini=vanga_galileo.ini&userid=galileo&_cc=1
Nearly 18,000 images collected by the Georgia Archives from around the state.

Enjoy!

Scott Povlot
HO Scale - Central of Georgia Railway, Atlanta District
Piedmont Division, NMRA (Atlanta, Georgia) - http://www.piedmont-div.org
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tombair
New Hire

2 Posts

Posted - 02/20/2006 :  8:49:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One useful site that I didn't see mentioned is the Wisconsin Historical Society. There are many photos from the late 1800s and early 1900s. This link provides a list a categories for easy browsing.

http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/browse_subcategories.asp

There is also a nice search engine that has several useful options. For example, you can search by decade - a search for railroad and 1900-1909 provides 111 pictures.

The search engine is located at
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/advancedSearch.asp
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25345 Posts

Posted - 02/22/2006 :  2:48:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom,
Thanks for the link. I found the search feature easy to use. It is a great addition to this thread.

Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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lazerman
Fireman

USA
1128 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2006 :  1:35:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit lazerman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
great link bruce ,will help me since my layout is based on the NYRR and Long Island RR .Im going to run out out bookmark space with all the links i get from here alone """

http://www.lazerrailways.com
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tombair
New Hire

2 Posts

Posted - 03/15/2006 :  9:01:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've found a few sites that have some good industrial photos. I don't think any of these were mentioned before.

The first is the Industrial Photography Archive
http://www.hfinster.de/StahlArt2/archive-en.html. The site is in Germany but most text is in English. The emphasis is on mining and the steel industry. Most pictures are of European facilities but many are still interesting. There are photos coal mines in PA and US steel mills.

The second is Kentucky Coal Mines http://www.kycoal.homestead.com/KYCoalMines.html. Lots of coal industry photos.

The third is Industrial Architecture of Montreal http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/industrial/contents.html. There are some interesting pics, such as the water tower that's shaped like a milk bottle at the Guaranteed Pure Milk Company.

The fourth is Lost Labor http://www.lostlabor.com/. The photos are of workers in various industries and may be helpful in modeling detailed factory scenes.



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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25345 Posts

Posted - 03/15/2006 :  9:20:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom,
More great references, thanks for adding them to the thread.

Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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