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McHugh Railroadiana Collection Auction to be Dec. 14

November 12, 2019

The passenger train and other transportation artifacts collection of the late Ed McHugh will be sold at auction on Dec. 14 in Missouri.

Ed McHugh

Mr. McHugh resided in Massillon at the time of his August 2018 death and was a member of the Akron Railroad Club.

Soülis Auctions of Kansas City is conducting the auction of the collection, which it has described as “one of the greatest collections of passenger service relics ever assembled.”

The live auction will be conducted inside the 529 Gallery at 529 W. Lone Jack Lee’s Summit Road in Lone Jack, Missouri.

There will be a preview session on Dec. 13 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for the auction, which begins at 10 a.m. with un-catalogued items.

The second session will start at 11 a.m. and focus on the catalogued items.

Among the items being sold are locomotive bells; lanterns; railroad china and silverware; airline artifacts; steam travel artifacts; railroad station clocks; railroad station gate signs; and railroad station signs.

This includes an art deco red carpet that passengers walked to board the New York Central’s fabled 20th Century Limited.

Also up for auction are the builder’s plate, headlight and number board from NYC 4‑6‑4 J3 Hudson No. 5449.

There is passenger car furniture, mid 20th century airline models, an aluminum tail sign designed by Henry Dreyfuss for the 20th Century Limited, a collection of passenger car step boxes, a collection of railroad drumhead signs and more than 60 porcelain enamel signs.

Photographs of the catalogued items and further information can be viewed at

An Original Van Sweringens’ ‘Bible’

April 21, 2017

Once upon a time two brothers named Van Sweringen controlled the Erie, Chesapeake & Ohio, Nickel Plate Road and Pere Marquette.

They wanted to standardize things on their railroads so they set up a committee to come up with specific standards on everything from mixing concrete to cloth rubber lined fire hoses. You name it, they standardized it.

My girlfriend was in a junk shop near her home in Suffern, New York, and found this book, which is the “bible” of the Van Sweringens’ standards.

There can’t be too many of these 80-year-old books around. There probably weren’t many too many to begin with.

As you can see from the bottom right hand corner of the cover, this copy was used by the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad, which during this time period was controlled by the Erie.

I think it is neat that each standard is signed off by officials of all the railroads involved. I think you have to agree it is a neat gift for a railroad historian.

Article and photographs by Jack Norris

Kentucky Museum Seeking Rail Artifacts

January 11, 2015

A Kentucky group is seeking the donation of railroad artifacts that will be used in a museum planned for a Louisville & Nashville depot in Corbin, Ky.

The museum, which expects to open on May 9, 2015, is a collaborative venture involving the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission, the Louisville & Nashville Historical Society, CSX and Eastern Kentucky University

The museum is items that will illuminate the region’s railroad heritage. This includes such thing as photographs, newspaper articles, documents, uniforms, hats, pins, belt buckles, bells, whistles, watches, signs, manuals, lanterns, tools, locks, audio or video, posters, radios, train sheets, diagrams, paintings, letters, patches, locomotive plates, tickets and china/dishes.

Jeffrey Cawood, an EKU senior sociology major and intern with the Corbin tourism bureau, said the museum will have a number of themed areas and that artifacts will be placed strategically within the appropriate themes.

“Artifacts are vital to the success of the museum,” Cawood said. “Without them, we’re merely telling a story. When we add the artifacts, the sights and sounds, we are both preserving history and invoking an unparalleled emotional response.”

Those who wish to donate artifacts to the museum should contact the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission Office at 606-528-8860 or at, or Cawood at

Donors can bring items to a “Call for Artifacts” event to be held on Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the L&N Depot, 101 N. Depot St. in Corbin.