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Interstate Commerce Commission railroad abandonment index

Accession AVD.ICC.2014.001

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Abby Adams in 2014.,

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-04T10:58-0400

Finding aid prepared using best local practices and Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Interstate Commerce Commission railroad abandonment index (Accession AVD.ICC.2014.001), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Interstate Commerce Commission railroad abandonment index
Dates: 1920s-1985
Accession Number: AVD.ICC.2014.001
Creator: Interstate Commerce Commission (U.S.)
Extent: 6 digital files
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: The Transportation Act of 1920 required railroads to file with the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) for permission to eliminate tracks from their system. The collections consists of index cards to finance dockets involving the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central Transportation Company, and Conrail.
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Administrative Information


Existence and Location of Copies

View digital copies in the Hagley Digital Archives.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals are housed at the Library of the Surface Transportation Board.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research

Use Restrictions

Contact the Audovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department for access to the digital files.

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Historical Note

The Transportation Act of 1920 required railroads to file with the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) for permission to eliminate tracks from their system. Docket cards were created by the ICC when a railroad initially filed a request.

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Scope and Content

The collections consists of index cards to finance dockets involving the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central Transportation Company, and Conrail. The cards document line abandonments and financial transactions from the 1920s through 1985.

On the top line, there is a docket number, the date filed, and section of the law under which it was filed. The next line indicates the name of the railroad. The short text is an abstract of the case. For an abandonment, the county and state the tracks are in are usually indicated, the length of track to be abandoned, and the end points of the abandonment as indicated by a town name or mile posts. Some of the cards include a handwritten notation indicating where the case can be found in the printed ICC Reports.

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