Inventory of the Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company Collection, 1916-1928

Processed by Blaine Lamb; machine-readable finding aid created by Gabriela A. Montoya
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California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company Collection, 1916-1928

Collection number: MS 37

California State Railroad Museum Library



Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Railroad Museum Library
  • 111 "I" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 323-8073
  • Fax: (916) 327-5655
  • Email: csrmlibrary@csrmf.org
  • URL: http://www.csrmf.org/library.html
Processed by:
Blaine Lamb
Encoded by:
Gabriela A. Montoya
© 1999 California State Railroad Museum. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1916-1928
Collection number: MS 37
Creator: Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company
Extent: 2 cartons
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
Sacramento, California 95814
Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company Collection, MS 37, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

Historical Background

The Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company was organized in 1916 to manufacture and market a device invented by John B. Shelton for a movable deck to be installed in railroad box, refrigerator and stock cars. The officers of the company included Shelton as president and Guy V. Fleming as secretary. Offices were in San Francisco. A Canadian subsidiary also was established in 1919.
Over the years the company succeeded in installing adjustable car decks for test purposes on a number of railroads, including the Southern Pacific, Nevada-California-Oregon, Northwestern Pacific, Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul, and Chicago and Alton. None of the railroads however, ordered the devices.
The company encountered financial difficulties in the 1920s, and in 1924 A. R. T. Lackie replaced Shelton as president. Further attempts were made to interest railroads in the adjustable car decks, but with little success. It appears as though the company ceased operation by the 1930s.

Collection Description

The collection consists of the business records of the Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company, and includes the by-laws, minutes of the board of directors for the American and Canadian firms, stock sales books and patents information. There are also miscellaneous letters, stock transfer records and advertising materials. In addition, researchers will find photographs of the device in the Museum's photograph files and drawings in the drawings collection. Wood and brass advertising models of the adjustable car decks are located in the Museum's artifact collections.

Container List

Box 1, Volume Vol. 1

Typewritten by-laws and minutes of the first meeting of the Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company, January 24, 1916

Volume Vol. 2

Typewritten minutes of the meetings of the Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company, February 7, 1916-January 25, 1926

Volume Vol. 3

Typewritten minutes of the meetings of the Canadian Adjustable Double Deck Company, Limited, Vancouver, British Columbia, December 1, 1919-January 19, 1920.

Volume Vol. 4-8

Stock issue books containing receipts for stock issued, lists of persons to whom stocks were issued, the number of shares and the dates, 1916-1927.

Box 2, Folder Folder 1

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1918-1928

Folder Folder 2

Canadian Adjustable Double Deck Company certificate of incorporation, November 22, 1919

Folder Folder 3

Canadian stock transfer records, 1919

Folder Folder 4

Miscellaneous financial papers and minutes of meetings, 1922-1928

Folder Folder 5

Specification of letters patent, 1916-1917

Folder Folder 6

Assignments and letters of patent, 1916, 1917

Folder Folder 7

Combined adjustable stock and freight car patents along with supporting papers, 1926

Folder Folder 8

Promotional letters, 1923

Folder Folder 9

Advertising cards

Folder Folder 10

Advertising fliers

Folder Folder 11

Photocopies of photographs showing Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company demonstration cars and models (originals located in CSRM photograph files)

Folder Folder 12

Miscellaneous clippings and envelopes