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Interstate Commerce Commission railroad abandonment index

1920s-1985
 Collection
Accession: 2014-276

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.

Dates

  • 1920s-1985

Creator

Extent

6 digital_files

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.

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.

Existence and Location of Originals

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

Existence and Location of Copies

View this collection online in the Hagley Digital Archives.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research

Use Restrictions

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

Related Material

Some of the oldest case files are held by the National Archives and Records Administration, but other case files were destroyed by the ICC when the Commission decided there was no further need for them.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Source

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Interstate Commerce Commission railroad abandonment index
Status:
Author:
Abby Adams
Date:
2014.
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400