King (I. Walton) Collection, ca. 1908-1988

Descriptive Summary

Title
King (I. Walton) Collection, ca. 1908-1988
Creator
King, I. Walton
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Biography / History
King was a career railroad operating officer, a native South Carolinian and the son of a Southern Ry. employee.
Hs rail career spanned 25 years, beginning in 1944 with service on Southern. He subsequently held various supervisory positions with the DL & W RR (Lackawana), in New Jersey, and Union Switch & Signal Div., Westinghouse Air Brake Co., in Pittsburgh.
King came to the L & N in February, 1961, as transportation engineer. He advanced through several managerial posts in the L & N operating department, including manager, car utilization bureau, assistant chief transportation officer, and staff assistant, planning & procedures. On the L & N, King coordinated early installations & applications of various computer programs in its operations, including a car identification program and several programs controlling movement of specialized freight cars. With his transportation engineering background, he also made numerous studies of operations as well as recommendations for various improvements in that field.
King left the L & N in March, 1969, to become vice chairman, car service division, Association of American Railroads, Washington, D.C. His career was tragically cut short by death from injuries he sustained in a fatal auto accident that same month in Washington. His collection reflects something of his expertise in transportation planning as well as the important work he accomplished while at L & N.

Contents of the Collection

Misc. items donated by family of late I. W. King, Mgr., Car Utilization, L & N RR, in May, 1988. Donors - Mrs. Marcia King (wife); Mr. Joel King (son);

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"Tennessee Central Ry." - Notebook containing study by Mr. King for L & N in April, 1968; 40pp., in ink, included charts, line maps, employees-staff, revenue carloads, then-current operations & proposed operating plans, in event L & N acquired entire TC Ry.

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"L & N RR Transp. Dept. Special Equipment" - Ex Parte #241; Investigation into adequacy of RR freight car ownership, utilization, distribution rules and practices by Interstate Commerce Commission. Lengthy report included verified statements by var. ICC, officials of maj. RR's, misc. corresp.; statement by I. W. King, mgr., L & N's car utilization dept., 10/'66 and also includes tables showing L & N's frt. car ownership; nat'l frt. car fleet stats.

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"Special RR Equipment Control System", L & N RR - Pamphlet issued in 1966 from IBM's "Data Processing Application" on L & N for "Perpetual inventory of L & N's special-type freight cars, control of those fleets by EDP (data processing/computerized).

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Drawings/engineering - "Gadsden, Ala., passenger station, L & N RR (C-16504-10), included side, end elevats., roof, floor plans; 7 drwgs., from ofc., chief engr., L & N RR, Lou., Ky. - 6/1908;

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"Montgomery, Ala. Freight Station," L & N RR (C-16531); side elevat. - 9/1909; from ofc. chief engr., Lou. Ky.

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L & N RR Transp. Dept. - "Study of Feasibility & Economics of operating West. Ry. of Ala. btwn. Montgomery-Selma, Ala." 27 pp.; generated by dept., 11/12/1962. (for internal use-study) I. W. King and W. P. Shoemaker, study team only

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"Proposed Terminal Modernization & Expansion- Montgomery, Ala." - Internal study for L & N's Transportation Dept. (also Operating Depts., participating RR's) re expanding Montgomery Yard so that other "Family" RR's (ACL, SAL, WofA) operating in city could use same yard. For internal study-use only. 30 pp., w/maps, charts, tables. 2/12/1969; I. W. King and C. W. Sooby, consultant, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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"Yard Office-Agency/Customer Service Center Consolidated Organization - Procedures & Job Descriptions;" Sibert Yard, Mobile, Ala.; Internal pamphlet, for Operating Dept. of L & N, prepared by Methods Analysis & Cost Reduction Dept. Feb., 1967;

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"Proposed Centralized Traffic Control" - Mobile, Ala. to New Orleans, La., for L & N RR Co. Internal use only; Prepared by Union Switch & Signal Div., Westinghouse Air Brake Co., Swissvale, Pa.; 10/10/1958; 15 pp., charts, tables, map. (Report summarizes study made by USS/Wabco for L & N to install CTC for train operation along busy Gulf Coast main line) (Believe report made by I. W. King while he worked for USS/ WABCO- cbc, 6/'88)

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"Proposed Interlocker Consolidation & Main Trackage Abandonment For Nashville: Tn., Terminals, L & N RR" - Internal study/use. By Union Switch & Signal Div., Westinghouse Air Brake Co., Swissvale, Pa.; 1/9/1961; 8 pp., w/charts, maps. (Summary of study proposing centralized control of train operations, signaling, etc., for Nashville area) again, I. W. King may have been involved in study.

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Velac Automatic Classification Yard -promo. Pamphlet from Union Switch & Signal Co. about new automated yard w/USSW retarders, B'ham, Ala. signal equipmt. Includes reprint of L & N Mag. article on opening new Boyles Yard, Birmingham, Ala. 1/'59

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"Proposal for New Yard at Corbin, Ky. - For L & N RR, by Union Switch & Signal Co./WABCO. 4/'67; 14pp., w/charts, maps. (Proposal for new automated hump yard at Corbin, Ky., to replace older, flat yard, other switching facilities). Internal use only.

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"Passenger Train Makeup, Switching at Intermediate Terminals" - Internal study for F. W. Kirchner, gen. mgr., L & N RR, operating Dept., Lou., Ky., by I. W. King, 10/30'71; 95 pp., w/charts, schedules, etc. (very detailed report of L & N's passenger trains, cars carried, cars picked up-dropped, recmn improving service, reducing switching).

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"Progress Report- Positions be eliminated as Result of Passenger Train Discontinuances" - Internal study by Methods Analysis & Cost Reduction Dept., N. F. Hurt, Dir., w/input from mechanical, personnel & transportation depts. Report, 29 pages, reviews employee positions made surplus with discontinuance of several passenger trains; ways employees might be utilized; or forces cut to reduce expenses.

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"Locomotive Utilization Study" - July 30, 1962 - Internal report, 21 pp. plus charts, exhibits, by I. W. King, methods & proceds., transp. Dept., and W. I. Johnson, a/chief Mech. officer. Report reviewed week of operations of L & N's 522 diesel loco. fleet with goal of obtaining greater use of fleet by monitoring day-to-day operations, setting up loco. utilization bureau for system to direct operations. Similar operations of other RR's studied and observed.

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"IBM Running Time Comparison," Present Motive Power of L & N VS. GE U25B locos." - Study made by General Electric Co., Erie, Pa., for L & N; 19 pp., G. T. Bevan, GE, author. Report evaluates operation of several L & N freight train schedules using existing diesel locos., then comparing w/computer "profile" improvements in schedules, tonnages moved if L & N used then-new higher horsepower, more modern GE diesels.

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"Future Locomotive Requirements" - Report made by General Motors Corp. (Electro-Motive Division) for L & N in April, 1967. 16 pp., w/charts of var. recommended loco. models then produced by EMD's La Grange, Ill., plant. L & N's traffic (freight) considered, with recommendations on upgrading existing loco. fleet w/new EMD loco. models. Report similar to above GE report, with obvious aim of selling more new diesels:

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"Technical Proposal- Communications System for L & N RR" - Proposal, 44pp., made to L & N by Simplex Wire & Cable Co., Cambridge, Mass., & Stromberg-Carlson/Gen'l Dynamics, Rochester, NY., in Dec., 1963. Proposal, very technical (w/charts, detailed data), covers new cable communications system from Lou. to Nash., including on-line stations, branches; types of telephones, speakers, repeater-relay equipment which might be used.

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"Records program for VP-Operating Dept., Chief Transp. Officer" - Internal proposal made by Methods Analysis & Cost Reduction Dept., Lou., Ky. (L & N), Aug. 1968, for top officers, staff of operating dept., on records-keeping, filing, other office procedures with goal to improve records management.

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"System Car Count", L & N RR, Jan. 26- Feb. 1, 1964" - Internal report made for Chief Transp. Officer of L & N by study team, includ. I. W. King, mgr., car utilizat., other reps. from car util. bureau, traffic dept. Report provides daily car count of freight cars (averages moving on principal L & N routes (loads, empties) and between major on-line cities, their terminals, yards. 34 pp., w/charts

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"Transportation Data Manual for 1050 System/L & N RR" - Internal manual written & issued by transportation Dept. of L & N in Dec., 1964 (updated May, 1967) to introduce then-new IBM 1050-360 computer system and network, which RR then installed to transmit and store relavant data, messages, other operational reports. System covered 40 offices across L & N system, connected them to computer center in Gen. Ofc. Bldg., Louisville. This manual explained use of system, types of machines, terminals, tapes, cards used; it outlined procedures to be followed for data entry and retrieval; appendix included instructions, sample messages, codes, abbreviations to be used, etc.

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Misc. pamphlets, publications

"L & N presents Growth Climate, USA" - 1965 promotional brochure, 39pp., issued by L & N's industrial development dept. to attract new businesses to 13-state area served by RR. Written & producued by L & N's pr. dept.

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"Coal Mines Served by L & N" - 70pp. illustrated brochure, issued by L & N's coal traffic dept. in 1966, to coal industry. Lists maj. coal companies served by L & N, coal producing districts on system, shipping points, types-cars L & N offered industry; also, coal sales agencies, benefits to shippers. Produced by p.r. dept.

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"Annual Report, 1966" -Law Dept., L & N (issued Jan., '67 by law dept.) for internal use, circulated to supporting, on-line law firms, state commissions, etc. Listed major work, cases handled during year by general, commerce & claims divs. of dept.; also listed district, local attorneys representing L & N.

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"Gateway Yard, Youngstown, Oh" - promo. brochure by Pittsburgh & Lake Erie RR, a New York Central subsidiary, and Union Switch & Signal Div., Westinghouse Air Brake Co., describes this new yard, how it operates (Velac electronic retarder equipment by USSD used). Circa 1960.

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"Atlanta" - Jan. 1965 issue; official mag. of Atlanta CofC. Entire issue dedicated to city's RR's, their history, recent devels. Includes "Tribute to General."

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"Les Chemins De Fer En France" - Promo. brochure, illustrated- 88pp., issued by Franch Nat'l Rys. in 1955. (copy in French, but abbreviated addenda copy in English). SNCF wrote, produced broch.

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"Electrification de Valenciennes Thionville" - promo. brochure covering electrification of major SNCF (French Nat'l Rys.) main line in 1954-55. Illustrated; copy in french but addenda cy. in english.

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"Red Book No. 7/ L & N RR Co." - Car Service Rules - Internal booklet issued 1/1/1964 by Transportation Dept.; 32 pp.; contains instructions for employees governing selection of freight cars for loading, disposition of surplus empty cars under Assoc. Amer. RRs Car Service Rules. Also contains list of RR's operating refrigerator, tank cars on mileage basis; also, interchange locats. w/connecting RR's, and car selection chart (of USA) showing home districts of all Class I RR's. Booklet authored by S. P. Strickland, chief transp. officer, & I. W. King, mgr., car utilizat., L & N RR (was update of previous issues).

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"Car Builders Cyclopedia," 19th Edition, 1953, Simmons-Boardman Pub. Co., illustrated, 1280 pp. Standard ref. text used by major RR's in USA (includ. L & N) for data, specs. on passenger and freight cars, car construction details, maint. of way equipmt., self-propelled cars-trains; also, misc. car parts- air, brake gear, car trucks, journals, lubrication, electrical equipmt., heating & ventilation; Also, car shops, repair yards; dictionary of car terms; Illustrations include photos, elevation drawings, detail drwgs. of parts, layouts, etc.

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"Locomotive Engineers Journal" - Aug. 1947 - sample copy 75pp. Monthly publicat. of Brotherhood Of Loco. Engrs. (BofLE) Cleveland, Oh.

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"Facilities of Penna. RR. Co." - large foldout map showing maj. facils. includ. yards, shops, stations, track laout-sidings, etc. of PRR - from Ofc. Ch. Engr., Phila., Pa. - 8/'41 w/revs. '47, '50.

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Dispatcher Train Sheets (3) - Comberland Valley Div., L & N RR 1916-17, showing train operations on Corbin-Pineville-Middlesboro-Norton, Va., coal-originating territory of L & N during two busy World War I years.

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"Modern Railroads" mag. 2 copies, 7-67, and undated

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