Overview of the collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
Reference Code: USGZE UHC277
Accession Number: 06-101
Collection Number: University Historical Collection 277
Creators: Eau Claire (Wis.)
Title: Eau Claire Soo Line Locomotive Collection
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1 archives box)
Location of Collection: A10/2f
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Summary: Photocopies of correspondence, newspaper clippings and blueprints concerning the City of Eau Claire’s acquisition of a Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie steam locomotive.
Throughout the 1950s, North American railroad companies began converting their rolling stock from steam to diesel powered locomotives. Concurrently, many railroad companies were also eliminating their passenger service operations. As an effort to preserve their historic railroading heritage, cities all across North America began requesting that railroad companies donate retired train engines for the cities to display. In the late 1950s, the City of Eau Claire requested and received a 4-6-2 Pacific type steam locomotive from the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Company to be placed on permanent display in the city.
The collection consists primarily of correspondence between the City of Eau Claire, the Water Street Businessmen’s Association and the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Company. There are also newspaper clippings covering the acquisition and display of the locomotive, blueprints of the locomotive and a photocopied article from Soo Liner Magazine.
Acquisition Information: Donated to the Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire prior to March 2006.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.
Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.
Preferred Citation: Eau Claire Soo Line Locomotive Collection, 1958-1960. UHC 277. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
Processing Note: Processed by Gregory J. Kocken in May 2006.
OCLC #: 69666778
Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Company
Water Street Businessmen’s Association (Eau Claire, Wis.)
Railroads – United States – History – 20th century
Steam locomotives – Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Geographical Terms: Eau Claire (Wis.) -- History
Detailed List of Contents
Soo Liner Magazine; Vol. 11 No. 2
Newspaper Accounts and Blueprints
Newspaper Accounts and