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We are pleased and proud to announce that the North American Railway Foundation has awarded the Cleveland State University Library's Special Collections a grant of $69,000 to process the Newburgh & South Shore Collection and our railroad photography collection. We thank Mr. Philip J. Sullivan II and the foundation board for their generosity and urge visitors to this site to check back in future months for improved access to information on the history of the N&SS RR.


History of the Collection:

In October of 1997, the Special Collections division of the Cleveland State University Library obtained a large body of archival records created by the Newburgh and South Shore Railroad, an industrial short line railroad in the flats of the Cuyahoga River, south of downtown. Although unprocessed (and closed to use until it is processed) the 600 cubic feet of materials appear to include hundreds of rolled drawings showing track plans, valuation maps and facilities drawings.

Thanks to the efforts of the N&SS railroad, the Cleveland Railroad History Society and the Fridrich-Warner Moving and Storage Co., this valuable collection of local transportation material has found a permanent home at the CSU Library.

Mr. Robert Beach, retired Trainmaster of the N&SS, generously donated a fascinating picture book of the railroad in the early part of the 20th century. Here are some of those pictures for your enjoyment.

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Last updated February 27, 2001