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Street Railroad Downtown

Description: A crowd of people in downtown Austin. Caption on photo reads, "Loading the Plain Line Street Cars at Sixth and Congress, Austin, Texas, 1:40p.m., February 7, 1940 for their last run. Being replaced by new buses on the left."
Date: February 7, 1940
Creator: Ellison Photo Service
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Two Soldiers by Train]

Description: Photograph of two unidentified cavalry soldiers standing in front of a train car that is labeled "Express" on the left and "Cruz Roja" with the Red Cross symbol on the right." The man on the left has his hands on his hips and is wearing a large belt and the man on the right is standing with his hands at his sides.
Date: 1915~
Partner: The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

Mail-Bag Catcher

Description: Patent for improvements of mail bag catchers. This patent proposes improvements on the construction and arrangements of mail bag catchers including the alteration of the jaw and the addition of springs. Includes illustrations.
Date: March 26, 1918
Creator: Davis, Tomie
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Adjustable Device for Dressing Down Bearings

Description: Patent for a tool that dresses down bearings. Railroad engine journals and their corresponding bearings show wear over time. When replacing bearings into such a journal, without adaptation of the bearing there will be an improper fit, resulting in "hot journals" or "hot boxes". This tool adapts a bearing to a proper fit for the journal into which it will be installed.
Date: December 12, 1922
Creator: Mitchell, William A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Fountain-Valve for Locomotives

Description: This patent relates to new and useful improvements in an automatic fountain valve for locomotives. The purpose of the invention is to provide a valve that will automatically close in the case of the locomotive overturning. This valve will cut off the escaping or steam from broken pipes and prevent the scalding of engine-men who may be trapped in the cab.
Date: March 26, 1918
Creator: Yeamans, Eugence N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a railroad switch that is easier to use and more effective than the "common stub switch" (lines 10-11), thereby reducing damage.
Date: December 16, 1919
Creator: Cuellar, Samuel D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tie Mold

Description: Patent is for new molds to hold in place railway ties inexpesively.
Date: September 19, 1916
Creator: Shearer, F. C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Train Stop

Description: Patent for an automatic train stop. Used to simplify the construction where fewer magnets and changeable switches are necessary. To provide an automatic train control mechanism with a normally closed circuit, the breakage or disarrangement of any part that would ensure the stopping of the train.
Date: May 21, 1918
Creator: Bulla, Melbern B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Waterproof Car-Door.

Description: Patent for a freight car door of "strong, durable, and inexpensive construction which will be water and air tight, and which will be practically indestructible in case of a wreck" (lines 17-20) including illustrations.
Date: January 1, 1918
Creator: Atkinson, George C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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