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Descriptive Summary

Dates: 1980-1989
Collection Number: MS 41
Creator/Collector: Kratville, William W. (1929-2011)
Extent: 12 boxes
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: The collection represents the files of William W. Kratville of Passenger Transportation Consultants, which contracted in the early 1980s with the California Department of Transportation to review the development and design of new bi-level passenger cars for use on the San Francisco-San Jose Caltrain commuter line.
Language of Material: English


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Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

CALTRAIN CONSULTANT COLLECTION. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

Acquisition Information

Gift of William W. Kratville, 1989.

Scope and Content of Collection

The designs for new bi-level passenger cars were produced by Sumitomo Corporation of America and Nippon Sharyo under contract with the State of California. The collection consists of photocopies of correspondence among Passenger Transportation Consultants, the Department of Transportation and Sumitomo Corporation; minutes of meetings; and reports by Passenger Transportation Consultants, Sumitomo Corporation, other consultants and suppliers of parts and equipment. Also included are blueline reproductions of drawings and schematics of the equipment. The collection contains some information on motive power and then existing Southern Pacific bi-level commuter coaches as well.

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