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    In the WWI era, this country had a different view of Government vs. large corporations and there was serious discussion of nationalizing the railroads. The Interstate Commerce Commission was directed to figure out how much each railroad had invested in their plant & property. They sent people out to study each line mile by mile and describe everything in sufficient detail to calculate its value. In the case of the B&M's 1892 Newburyport, MA depot, this produced 10 pages of scale plans & detail drawings, down to a list of the furniture & type of clock.

    Most of this paper left Washington when the ICC was shut down in the 1980s. Usually, it went to a state university library. Railroad historical societies are often involved with the holding libraries, working on indexing & access.

    I envision this thread as a place to accumulate facts & pointers about the valuation reports. My facts today are:

    Wikipedia has transcribed summaries of the docket for each RR that was valued. This is mostly good for corporate family trees & dates:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikiped...ICC_valuations

    The Rice Index of valuation dockets was prepared in 1951 at the behest of the AAR. Robert Netzlof transcribed it and it's available on the web here:

    http://rnetzlof.pennsyrr.com/iccindex/

    The next step is investigating how to get from a docket number to the actual contents in a general way (I know how for the B&M). If someone who already knows this beats me to posting, no problem at all.
    James


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    The records DID leave Washington DC (technically) when the ICC shut down but the entire collection was sent to the National Archives facility in Suitland (College Park) Maryland, just outside DC.

    David Pfeiffer is the archivist who was responsible for cataloging and archiving the collection - see his three part article for more details on the collection, its content, and how to access it:

    http://www.archives.gov/publications...records-1.html

    I've studied the Central Vermont items on several visits, although I need to get back out there for a more detailed look at some specific items in the collection.

    Marty McGuirk
    Marty McGuirk

    Manassas, VA

    www.centralvermontrailway.blogspot.com

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      I recently bought scans of ICC valuation maps for much of the New Haven and B&M from www.nmro.org. I've only looked closely at the B&M files: some seem to have come from the B&M and its successors Guilford Transportation and the MBTA. Several show property dispositions as late as the 1990s, with only a few dotted lines showing where the last tracks had been. Others date back to the original mapping circa WWI. Quality is generally good.
      James

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