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Electric Railway.

Description: Patent for "a new and useful improvement in electric railways, and particularly to such railways as are adapted to use underground conduits, and has for its object to so construct such conduit and the line-wire connections therefor as to insure a constant connection between the line-wire and the motor of the car, and, further to greatly simplify and increase the efficiency of such systems." (Lines 8-17) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: April 14, 1896
Creator: Reid, Lemin Wallace
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Door.

Description: Patent for "an improved freight car door so supported that it will not be shaken or jarred off and can be easily opened and closed at all times no matter how heavily loaded the car may be." (Lines 16-20) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 26, 1895
Creator: Allen, Thomas C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Balanced-Valve Testing and Locking Device.

Description: Patent for "a simple testing and locking device for balanced valves of locomotives, the testing device being so placed with relation to the valve that it may be accurately determined whether the valve on one or the other side of the engine is leaking without removing the outer plates form the valve-casing or removing the covers from the steam-chest." (Lines 8-16) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 15, 1897
Creator: Sadler, James Alexander
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Releasing Device For Brakes Of Drive-Wheels.

Description: Patent for "releasing devices for the brakes of drive-wheels of locomotives, whereby the brakes are instantaneously released at the time the train is in motion and before the braked drive-wheels are on the point of sliding on the rails, also before the triple valve acts to release the brakes." (Lines 15-21) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: July 13, 1897
Creator: Pelham, Walter O.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Railway-Car.

Description: Patent for a railway car that runs close to the railroad tracks, to prevent damage should it become derailed or in another accident. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: August 24, 1897
Creator: Finley, Jefferson L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Locomotive Drive-Wheel.

Description: Patent for "driving-wheels for locomotives; and it has for its object to provide an approximately perfect balanced driving wheel and thereby materially decrease the internal disturbances to the mechanism of the locomotive due to the present methods of counterbalancing in the driving-wheel the reciprocating and revolving parts thereof." (Lines 12-19) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 9, 1897
Creator: Davis, Philip Z.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Children's Train]

Description: Photograph of a mini train for children at theater located at 5601 North Lamar Boulevard. On the the engine where the conductor sits, an illustration of a Native American with a headdress can be seen painted on the side. Four children of varying ages can be seen riding in the cars of the train, which have animal cutouts placed on them for decoration. A train tunnel with a field beyond it can be seen in the back ground, and crossing signal light can be seen to the right.
Date: November 4, 1961
Creator: Mears, Dewey G.
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[T&P Superpower Train #610]

Description: Clipping of a captioned photograph of T&P Train #610 en route to Fort Worth while pulling the American Freedom Train. The caption reads: "Super-power in the form of ex-Texas & Pacific 2-10-4 610 leads the American Freedom Train through Joshua, Tex., en route to Fort Worth on the Santa Fe on February 25, 1976. Photograph by Harold A. Edmonson." Written below the image is "July Trains Magazine pg 50."
Date: July 1976
Creator: Edmonson, Harold A.
Partner: The Grace Museum

Prismoidal (One Rail) Railway System, Adapted for City Streets, Suburban, and General Railroad Traffic

Description: Photograph of a crowd of people on a train. A handwritten note reads "W.W. Knowles, Bastrop, TX, [illegible] at Brenham." A printed note on the back of the photograph reads, "Prismoidal (One Rail) Railway System, Adapted for City Streets, Suburban, and General Railroad Traffic; Practicable by Steam, or Horse power; Elevated or at Grade; Built and equipped at one half the cost of any other plan of equal capacity; Cars impossible to be thrown from track; examination of this system, by engineers and others, is respectfully solicited. I am now prepared to grant Licenses to railway companies and others, to construct and use the Prismoidal railway system., E. Crew, Inventor and Patentee."
Date: unknown
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Passenger Recorder

Description: Patent for "automatically auditing the number of passengers and the distance traveled by said passengers while en route on a train or other public conveyance." (lines 9-13)
Date: September 26, 1911
Creator: Rudolf Brown, of Cuero, Texas.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Railroads in Longview]

Description: Photograph of four railroad workers posing next to a train in Longview, Texas. The engine is a 4-4-0 locomotive with the initials for Houston and Great Northern Railroad Company (H & G N R Co. #2) on the tender car and San Jacinto on the cab.
Date: 1870~
Partner: Longview Public Library

[Train at platform]

Description: Photograph of a train at a platform. A man stands near it. Smoke billows from the smokestack. No other passengers are visible. Houses are visible on the left parallel to the rail line.
Date: 1876?
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Treasure Vault for Railway Cars.

Description: Patent for a new and improved safe. This design consists in "a safety treasure-vault for express cars, &c., with the combination of the walls, floor, and roof of the vault constructed of bullet-proof steel plate riveted together at their corners, and the angle-irons to which the walls, floor, and roof are riveted, the bullet-proof steel-plate door, the parcel-delivery window, the combined desk-shelf and bullet-proof shutter, the said vault provided with a port-hole and the bullet-proof plug that stops the port-hole" (lines 21-31).
Date: July 3, 1888
Creator: Olsson, Joseph
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupler.

Description: Patent for a car-coupler, with illustrations. The purpose of this patent for a car-coupler was to improve existing car-couplings by providing, "safe, convenient, and expeditious means for readily coupling and uncoupling sections of cars with the danger incurred of getting between them" (lines 12-16).
Date: April 5, 1887
Creator: Williamson, John A., JR.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department