This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about railroads, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email spcoll@appstate.edu.

Manuscript Collections

This Southern Railway System Trip Passes consists of passes issued to various people traveling on the Southern Railway System in different cities, different dates. They date from 1943-1970, some belonging to retired railway employees.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is a record log of the Tennessee Central Railway Company for February to March 1957, recording the receipt and forwarding of cars via the Monterey station, giving engine number, contents, point of origin, conductor, and departure times.

1.0 linear foot (1 flat box)

They Shall Not Pass: Conical Roller Cattle Guard Collectioncontains two photographs of railroad tracks and a booklet entitled They Shall Not Pass. It advertised a patented device designed for railroad tracks to make them more safe for cattle.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Thomas Reese Railroad and Printing Collection contains information about trains, the printing industry, and Thomas Reese, president of Hickory Printing Group and an avid railroad enthusiast. Highlights of the collection include the train photographs, railroad time tables, and printing equipment as well as correspondence regarding the printing industry in relation to railroad companies.

55 linear feet (60 boxes, 3 photograph boxes, 10 record cartons, 2 oversize manuscript boxes, 5 flat file boxes, 11 framed photographs/art)

The collection contains four images from the early 1900s, three of which appear to be family photographs taken on or near a rail line. The fourth photograph from this period is of a moving locomotive. The collection also includes eleven pictures of several locomotives taken in the latter half of the 20th Century.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

The Tweetsie Railroad Collection contains photocopied inventory and equipment retirement records of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad Company dating 1916 to 1941, several Tweetsie Railroad brochures and souvenirs, and two scaled oversize drawings of the railroad company's car #15, undated.

0.25 linear feet (2 oversize folders, 1 box)

The Tweetsie Railroad Program Collection includes materials generated for the "Tweetsie Remembered: A Tribute to the ET and WNC Railroad" program at East Tennessee State University on February 17, 2005. The "Tweetsie Remembered" program illustrated the holdings of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad in the Archives of Appalachia. 

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)