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Locomotive Testing Plant records

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 60, Placement: 16
Identifier: UA 128

Scope and Contents

The Locomotive Testing Plant records contain an information booklet providing details about the facility and floorplans of the plant as well as technical drawings of locomotives.


  • 1895


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Collection material is in the public domain.

Historical Information

The Locomotive Testing Plant contained equipment for the reception of a locomotive. The design of the buildings allowed the locomotive's actions to be studied and its performance tested while the engine was running at any desired speed and under any load, the conditions being similar to those of the track. When mounted upon the testing plant the locomotive was fired, and its motion was controlled precisely as if it were upon the road. The plant, which was originally in the general laboratory, had been removed to an annex especially designed to receive it. All parts of the mount were adjustable to receive any locomotive whatsoever. The annex track was originally connected with the Lake Erie and Western Railroad.


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder)

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

The collection is housed in an acid-free folder.


Locomotive Testing Plant records
Amanda Rumba, Jon Hathaway
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2017-09-20 by Jon Hathaway.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-08: Collection description updated by Amanda Rumba to align with ArchivesSpace data entry standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States