Castner (Charles) Regional History Collection, 1889-1980 (bulk: 1960-1980)

Descriptive Summary

Title
Castner (Charles) Regional History Collection, 1889-1980 (bulk: 1960-1980)
Creator
Castner, Charles
Extent
2 linear ft.
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Railroad history expert Charles B. Castner produced a public affairs series called "Kentucky Profiles" for WHAS radio a Louisville station that broadcast throughout the southeast United States in the early 1960s. He subsequently worked as a public relations and information officer for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, later merged with the Seaboard Systems and CSX. Since his retirement, Castner has worked as a longtime associate with the University of Louisville Archives and its L&N collection. The collection includes a reference file, organized alphabetically by Kentuckiana community or landmark, created by Charles Castner while producing the "Kentucky Profiles" radio scripts. The scripts are found at the end of this series. Also included are news and magazine clippings, notes, and copies of historical photographs documenting the history of the major rail and transit systems serving the Louisville area. Most of the series is organized alphabetically by the name of the transit operating companies. The photographs document transit operations, including interurbans, in the Louisville area. Castner also has donated over seven hundred volumes to the Rare Book department for the Charles B. Castner Collection of Railroad History.
Scope and Content
During the early 1960s, Charles Castner produced a public affairs series called "Kentucky Profiles" for WHAS radio. Later, Castner, a longtime railroad history enthusiast, worked as a public relations and information officer for the L & N Railroad Company, subsequently the Seaboard Systems Railroad.

Contents of the Collection

I (Boxes 1-2) Regional History Reference File

An A-Z reference file, organized mostly by Kentuckiana community or landmark, contains brochures, newsclippings, and some correspondence on area history. Castner created the file while producing the "Kentucky Profiles" radio scripts, which are found at the end of the series.

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N - Z

Kentucky: General

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"Kentucky Profiles" Radio Scripts, 1960 - 1961

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II (Boxes 3 - 4) Kentuckiana Transportation Reference and Photo File

During the 1960 - 1980 years, Charles Castner organized a series of news and magazine clippings, notes, and other items on the history of the major rail and transit systems that served the Louisville area. Except for a few general subject files, the series is organized alphabetically by operating company. An excellent group of historical photos documents transit operations--including interurbans--in the Louisville area. The series concludes with photos of 1913 Louisville flood scenes.

1. Chessie (B & O, C & O)

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2. Illinois Central Gulf (I C RR and Gulf Mobile and Ohio)

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3. Interurbans

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4. Kentucky and Indiana Terminal Company

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5. Kentucky Railroads: Miscellaneous

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6. Kentucky Transportation: Miscellaneous

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1. Louisville and Nashville Railroad

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2. Milwaukee Road

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3. Penn Central (New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad)

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4. Southern Railroad

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5. Street Railways/Trolleys

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6. Louisville Railway Photos

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7. Interurban Photos

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8. Buses, Flood of 1913, and Miscellaneous Transportation Photo-negatives

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Charles Castner Regional History Collection Photographs Series II Box 4

Interurban Photographs

1) (7'x 10') "LaGrange Road Tracks - L & N past PeWee Valley," April 2, 1915.

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2) (9.5x 7') "Railway Trestle over Creek Alongside Roadway" n.d., n.p.

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3) (9.5x 7') "L & E R. R., Beechwood Junction (Shelbyville Road & Mall Area Today) `Fork' of…

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4) (10'x 9') "L & E Station, LaGrange, `Loop' & Interurban Car," Circ. 1910.

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5) (11'x 9') "L & E R. R., Marcia Interurban Crossing L & N" n.d.

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6) (10 'x 9') "L & E R. R. Buckner" n.d.

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7) (11'x 9') "Buckner Station" n.d.

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8) (11'x 9') "Marcia Power Station" n.d.

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9) (10'x 9') "Row of Frame Homes Alongside Tracks" n.d.

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10) (11'x 8') "Camden - Tracks Along Other Tracks in Country" n.d.

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11) (11'x 8') "Tracks West of Glenarms - Between Camden & Glenarm" n.d.

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12) (11'x 8') "Switch to Quarry - Between Buckner & LaGrange" n.d.

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13) (11'x 9') "McKey - East of Marcia" n.d.

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14) (10 'x 9') "Gravel Buildup Alongside Road" n.d.

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15) (10'x 8') "Field with Men & Teams of Mules" n.d.

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16) (11'x 9') "Loading Hopper for Freight Cars - Men with Wagons & Mules" n.d.

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17) (10'x 8') "Dirt Road Alongside Railroad Tracks" n.d.

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18) (11'x 8') "Railroad Tracks - McKey, East of Marcia" n.d.

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19) (11'x 9') "Railroad Tracks - Fenced Both Sides" n.d.

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20) (9.5'x 7') "One of High-Speed Interurbans on Louisville & Interurban Ry." Note - Locomotive-type…

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21) (9'x 7') "Louis. & Interurban Freight Station - Exterior of Freight Station" March, 1913.

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22) (10'x 8') "Electric Train & Freight Train Passing on Double-Track Trestle". Note - From 1893 to…

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23) (9'x 7') "Railway Car - New Albany and Louisville, #771" n.d.

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24) (10'x 8') (Actual photo mounted is 7'x 5') "Bridge Across Harrods Creek Prospect" n.d.

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25) (8'x 5') "Bridge Over L & N R. R. - L & E Tracks Winter-urban Crossing L & N Main Line…

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26) (8'x 5') "Interurban Car on Louisville & Interurban Pulling into Anchorage Station." Tracks, Car…

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27) (10'x 8') (Actual photo mounted is 7 'x 5') "Bridge on Jeffersontown Division" Beargrass Ry., n…

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28) (10'x 8') "Rail Car #909 - On Top of L & N R. R. Flatcar" n.d.

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29) (11'x 8') "Rock Quarry, Men & Mule Teams" n.d.

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Louisville Railway Company Photographs

1) (9'x 7') "Louisville Railroad - First Generating Station, 17th & Walnut" 1889-1895.

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2) (9'x 7') "Tracks with side cars - Coal & Large Building with 3 Smoke Stacks" April 2, 1913.

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3) (6'x 5') "Early Type of Mule Car, Louisville City Railway, Portland Avenue" 1883.

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4) (10'x 7') "Clare & Frankfort Avenue - South of Center Line of Clare Avenue Looking North" May 14…

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5) (10'x 7') "Clare & Frankfort Avenue" Photo taken from second floor of Krauschaar Home, May 14…

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6) (9'x 8') "High Street Power Station - Interior of Turbine Room" July 16, 1926.

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7) (9'x 7') "Two Men Looking at Gage Room" November 10, 1928.

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8) (10'x 8') "Fourth & Broadway" February, 1940.

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9) (10'x 8') "First Trolley Bus - Used on Frankfort Avenue - Walnut Line" 1936.

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10) (9.5'x 7 ') "Walnut-East of Fourth" November 25, 1941.

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11) (10'x 8') "Fourth Street - Evening" n.d.

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12) (10'x 7') "No. 2 Sub-Station - Beechmont" May 22, 1928.

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13) (9'x 7') "No. 3 Sub-Station - 28th & Walnut Streets" May 22, 1928

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14) (9'x 8') "Fourth & Chestnut Showing Motor Car #1055 - with Overhead Trolley Wire, Federal…

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15) (9 'x 7') "Third at Liberty - Looking South" February 16, 1926.

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16) (9'x 7') "Ohio River Rising Over Street & Tracks" April 2, 1913.

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17) (9'x 7') "Broadway at 7th - Broadway Trolley Approaching" Note - Islands beside each track to…

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18) (9'x 7') "Market & Frankfort Avenue Trolley Car" September 13, 1929.

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19) (9'x 7') "Conductor, Motorman & Passengers inside Trolley Car." September 9, 1929.

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20) (9'x 7') "Avery Street Trolley Car" September 13, 1929.

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21) (9'x 7') "Avery Street Trolley Car - Passemgers Embarking" September 13, 1929.

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22) (9'x 7') "Louisville Trolley Car #1050" n.d.

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23) (10'x 8') "Typical Louisville Railway Company Trolley - #1023" Car originally built by St. Louis…

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24) (10'x 8') "Trolley Car #836" n.d.

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25) (9'x 7') "Special - Broadway Express - Bardstown Road on Sixth & Jefferson" n.d.

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26) (10'x 8') "Trolley Car Repainted during W. W. 2" See back of photo for more information. n.d.

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27) (10'x 8') "Louisville Terminal Railway Patton Gas Motor" Built in 1898 as a self-propelled…

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28) (10'x 8') "Trolley Theater - Georgetown, Indiana from Two Old Trolley Cars" March, 1952.

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29) (10'x 8') "Line Cars Stringing Trolley Wire on Park Third Line near 5th & Southern Heights" July…

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30) (10'x 8') "#1010, on the `Shelby-Portland' Line, Waits Patiently as an L & N 4-8-2 on a…

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31) (10'x 7') "High Street Power Station - Interior of Boiler Room" July 16, 1926.

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32) (9'x 7') "Graham Bros. One Ton Capacity Truck" Chassis $1300 & Cab $145. See back of photo…

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33) (10'x 8') "Trolley Car #945 on Broadway at Fourth" See back of photo additional information…

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34) (9'x 8') "Derby Scene - Autos" 1927.

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35) (5'x 3') "Louisville Railway Co. - Motive Power Dept." Mule drawn wagon with two men. n.d.

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36) (9'x 7') "Passengers Embarking Trolley Car #200" n.d.

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37) (10'x 8') "Auto Driver Waits for Motor Car #855 to turn - 13th Street at Market." July 16, 1926.

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38) (9'x 8') "Baseball Park at Brook & Eastern - Parkway Field" Looking South shows crowd leaving…

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39) (7'x 9') "Downtown Sub-Station" 223 West Liberty, Next to Albrecht Building, n.d.

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40) (13'x 10.5') "Campbell Street Plant" July 15, 1910 (Bad Crease Down Center of Photo)

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Photographs: Buses, Flood of 1913, Miscellaneous Negatives

1) 16 strips of negatives in cellophane covers.

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2) (9'x 7') "Flood 1913 in Railway Yards" April 2, 1913.

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3) (9'x 7') "Miss Louisville Minibus - two men, along Ohio River" Kentucky Carriers, n.d.

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4) (9'x 8') "#51 - Kentucky Carriers Inc. Minibus" n.d.

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