Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sound of CPRR steam whistles

From: "Malcolm Easton"

Is there any information about the type of steam whistle used on CPRR trains around 1885? I am trying to find a description of the sound, e.g., a particular note or chord. I see in Wikipedia a detailed discussion of this with references to other railroad lines but none to CPRR. ...

—Malcolm Easton

Art in the Age of Steam at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

From: "Randy Attwood"

... The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ... on September 13, 2008 .. will open an exhibition that I think would be of interest ... "Art in the Age of Steam" will show how railroads affected the work of artists and helped shape the modern world. More than 100 paintings, prints and photographs from 64 museums and private collections will be on view and we think the exhibition will be of interest not only to art lovers, but railroad fans as well. ... In conjunction with the exhibition, a 288-page book has been produced titled: The Railway: Art in the Age of Steam ...

Randy Attwood
Media Relations Officer
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

Sisson, Wallace & Company

From: "Richard Zack"

Canal construction in the late 1870's in Tulare County was done by the Sisson, Wallace Company. What were the first or Christian names of "Sisson" and "Wallace"? It appears that Sisson, Wallace & Company outright owned some of the land that was ultimately sold to one of the irrigation districts. In other words, to keep their railroad crews busy between railroad contracts, Sisson, Wallace & Co. actually bought abandoned canals, upgraded them and then sold them back to the irrigation companies. I need the construction company founders' names to match up with landowners to pursue that idea further.