International railroad collection

Finding aid prepared by Huntington Staff.
Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
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Descriptive Summary

Title: International railroad collection
Dates: 1812-1884
Collection Call Number: mssInternational railroad collection
Extent: 17 volumes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Abstract: The collection consists of letters, documents and drawings pertaining to various railroads, particularly those in Australia and Great Britain.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

Administration Information


Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

Publication Rights

In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], International railroad collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Anderson Galleries, 1919

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters, documents and drawings pertaining to various railroads, particularly those in Australia and Great Britain.
Specific railways represented in the collection include: Victorian Railways (Australia), the Midland Great Western Company (Ireland), the Norwich and Spalding Railway (England), the Southampton, Manchester, and Oxford Junction Railway (England), the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leith Railway (Scotland), and the Fond Du Lac of Lake Superior Railway (U.S.)
Cataloger's note: The original lot number was retained when purchased from Anderson Galleries in 1919. It currently serves as the call number for the respected volume. The lot number does not indicate the number of volumes in this collection.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Names

Baltimore and Port Deposite Rail Road Company
Chicago, St. Paul and Fond du Lac Rail-Road Company
Compagnie de chemin de fer de Paris a Rouen
Great Northern Railway (Great Britain)
London and North-Western Railway
Midland Great Western Railway of Ireland
Victorian Railways


Civil engineers--Great Britain--Archives
Railroad engineers--Great Britain--Archives
Railroads--Australia--History--19th century--Sources
Railroads--France--History--19th century--Sources
Railroads--Great Britain--History--19th century--Sources
Railroads--India--History--19th century--Sources
Railroads--Ireland--History--19th century--Sources
Railroads--Scotland--History--19th century--Sources
Railroads--United States--History--19th century--Sources


Drawings--19th century
Letters (correspondence)--19th century



Lot 110 Australia, Victoria 1870-1880

Board of Land and Works: Contracts and Specifications, printed on drafts and manuscripts

Lot 111 Australia, Victoria 1853-1884

Original drawings, plans, statements, etc. relating to railways

Lot 113 Autograph letters 1812-1865

Collection of autograph letters signed, including one each from George Stephenson, Robert Stephenson, James Watt, etc., lists of proprietors of lands on the sites of railroads, and various other documents (more numerous than the letters)

Lot 147 Brunel, Isambard Kingdom

Letterbook, 2 volumes, indexed. Also includes copies of minutes and resolutions of various meetings of Boards, etc., for whom Brunel was working as engineer; subjects include docks, bridges, etc. as well as railways

Lot 229 Great Southern and Western Railway of Ireland 1849

List of shareholders on the railway from Cork to Dublin

Lot 254 Indian railways 1845-1847

Manuscript journal of the construction of Indian railways, with about fifty letters from the Superintendent of Works, John H. Duncan, to the gentlemen of the East India Railway Company

Lot 256 Ireland

Valuation of the engine stock of the Midland Great Western Railway Company of Ireland, as of 30 November 1853

Lot 277 Leeds and Bradford Railway 1849

Articles of agreement for purchase of a piece of land from Edward Hudson

Lot 343 Norwich and Spalding Railway 1852, December 11

Indenture of agreement, establishing the railway, with subscribers' signatures

Lot 346 Original tracings 1830

Collection of 75 tracings, blueprints, etc. of locomotive parts, machinery, etc. Includes Robert Stephenson's engine Planet no. 10.

Lot 356 Paris and Rouen Railway 1841

Specification for the building of a bridge over the Seine at Maisons, French and English

Lot 397 [Rennie, Sir John] circa 1837

Book of reference of a portion of the projected line of the Northern Railway from London to Cambridge, containing names of owners and occupiers of property to be taken under authority of an Act for making a railroad from London to Cromford

Lot 422 Scottish Railways 1835-1845

Collection of manuscript agreements, etc.

Lot 430 Sopwith, Thomas 1843-1869

Manuscript journal, with notes on railways, mines, etc., indexed sections at top

Lot 432 Southampton Manchester and Oxford Junction Railway 1845

Indenture of agreement establishing the railway, with subscribers' signatures

Lot 449 Stephenson, Robert 1838-1840

Original water-color drawings, for bridges and other works to be constructed, mostly on London and Birmingham Railway. Includes some 14 lithographs, some of the drawings, some of the originals elsewhere. Note: This has been catalogued as a Rare Book, and has Rare Book call number 10030. It was transferred to the Manuscripts Department in 1929