Pullman Library Drawings Spreadsheet

Drawings Scanned as of 12/1/2020

This spreadsheet represents a portion of those drawings that have been scanned as of September 2020.

There are a bit over 39,000 drawings listed.   The spreadsheet has 3 columns - Type, Drawing Name and Description. 

The Type or manufacturer in this case covers Budd, (Pullman) Elevation Plans, (Pullman) Floor Plans, Haskell & Barker, Pullman Passenger, Osgood Bradley,  Pullman Freight Cars, Pullman-Standard*, Seims-Stembel, Standard Steel Freight, Standard Steel Passenger, Standard Motor Truck and Worcester. 

These manufacturers  represent the bulk of the Library's collection.  Not included in the list of scans are maps, time (call) sheets, railroad drawings, diagrams, ads, photos, negatives, facilities, Power Ballaster, Trail Mobile, and other, miscellaneous drawings.

The Drawing File Name is actually two parts - our internal manufacturer identifier and the actual drawing number (in a very few cases, the drawing number is unavailable, the result is a name that provides us some idea of the content).  Note that the Budd Naming Convention provides a method of determining type of drawing and size**.  Pullman's Naming Convention provides a general idea of era and a specific drawing size indicator ***.

The Description is, sans typo, as the Manufacturer wrote it.  "Steel Details" may not say a lot for those searching for, say brake rods,  but that's all they used.  We often add information where we can, and try to change some abbreviations to full words (there are over 30 variations of abbreviations for the word "arrangement" for example).  We also include Lot/Job number when available. 

If you get frustrated by consistency issues...well...so do we!  The manufacturers were not consistent between themselves, nor by era nor draftsman.  We also get frustrated at OUR inconsistencies - typos are one thing, but drawings can get misnamed and misplaced (placed within the wrong manufacturer).  We are working at it.  What you see is a system that evolved, and we constantly find drawings cataloged in the old manner.

You may search for Budd Job, Haskell & Barker Lot, Pullman Lot or Plan, Osgood Bradley Construction Order, specific railroad, car type, etc.  It's a shotgun approach.  The software used to catalog the drawings does not allow for separate entry columns for Job/Lot/Order, nor does it have a spell checker - something that is obvious as you browse through the lists.  (We are constantly updating the descriptions with spelling errors/typos). 

Looking for Budd "Corrugations?"  This page illustrates why there may be confusion!

*"Pullman" has become something of a problem term.  In our case, it can mean manufacturing entities related to Pullman with anything between 1869 to c 1971 attributed to (variously) Pullman's Palace Car, Pullman, Pullman Car Manufacturing Division/Company, Pullman Co., Pullman-Standard and Pullman Inc.  The indicator for Pullman-Standard is for post 1955 drawings (generally) ****, as the drawing conventions changed at that point - see below.

** Budd changed their standard drawing size letters in mid-stream.  An A drawing from the 40s was 9" x 12".  After 1954, an A was 3' x 5' (or much longer). 

*** Pullman's drawing naming conventions changed (at least) 3 times.  Up to 1912, the drawing name was a sequential number.  From about 1910 to 1915, the drawing names were changed to a drawer-size "X"-sequence number (i.e. 5-DX-25).  Most of the time, both drawing names appear on the drawing.  After 1912, the drawing name changed to the "standard" name: drawer-sze-sequence number (1-100) (i.e. 123-F-88).  After 1955, the number changed to a Worcester system with the first number indicating the drawing size (1:8) and the rest of the name being a sequence number (usually 4-5 digits).  There is more (and exceptions, modifications and outlying names), but this is the general concept.

**** BUT, another branch of the Pullman-Standard scheme predates the 1955ish date.  After Pullman-Standard was created in 1934, the folks in Butler, PA (Standard Steel Car's former shop) simply continued their own drawing numbers - albeit with a Pullman-Standard data block.  This results in drawings from 1934 being interspersed with drawings from 1971 (in numerical sequence).  A bit disconcerting , and frustrating for all concerned. 

This page & spreadsheet will be fine tuned...be sure to refresh to get the latest of both.

The Drawing Spreadsheet

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