So the broader question is; with all of the data that is in the archives, how does one get access to that data to gather the information wanted when they are not in the Akron area? Is there a cataloging process taking place? Is there online access? Will there be online access? Is there someone that will get this information for us if asked?
I used Google mapping also...and i may go with that track layout even tho it is current depiction...however, I am modeling the early 50's and so wanted to try to get as close to that track plan as I could...not sure how much may have been ripped up/changed since then - and maybe it doesn't matter as long as it resembles close to what was there.
With respect to Brittain yard, there are many files containing structure and track arrangement drawings dating to 1920. Some drawings have been scanned with the idea to post online. We likely will also offer broader collections as a DVDs. I've attached one general file which might help understand the east end yard ladder arrangement at Brittain. There are other drawings with substantially more detail. These are extremely large (blueprint) documents, too large to post online. Let us know if this helps. Of course, we would like to know more about your AC&Y layout plan and hope you will continue posts. Bob Lucas
- General arrangement of Brittain Yard circa 1979
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Next, if possible, any information of the comings and goings of the yard circa 1950-1955 would be greatly appreciated.
Additionally, and LDE's of the cities I have mentioned that I wish to include on the layout...Copley, Spencer, Hiles, New London, Carey and delphos...although I think I can do a decent job of Delphos from the Model Railroader magazine article and Google maps.
I may have to plan a few day trip to Akron in order to access the archives to help you in the sorting and cataloging, as well as to do some research for myself.
And I plan on keeeping you updated as I progress on the model rail road.
Two years ago the Society donated our vast collection of AC&Y Archive records to the University of Akron (Archive). While the collection is not yet catalogued, there are "finding aids" which will help in your search for specific information such as track arrangement blueprints. If you can't make it to the UofA Archive, suggest posting specific information requests on the online Forum. Many topics including profiles of towns served by the AC&Y were covered in the Society magazine. Starting in 1993, roughly ninety issues of the Society "News" magazine have been published to date. We will continue to produce a high-quality bi-annual online digital version. Earlier printed back issues are occasionally listed for sale on EBay. Also, several individuals hold large personal AC&Y-A&BB collections including photos and slides. Lastly, a MorningSun book covering the AC&Y and A&BB in color was released last year which might provide some useful information you seek. REL
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