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F. L. Howard Collection on Steam Locomotives


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Steam Locomotives

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F. L. Howard Collection on Steam Locomotives, ca. 1930s-2004 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

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Title: F. L. Howard Collection on Steam Locomotives, ca. 1930s-2004Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Howard, Frederick H.

Extent: 1.0 Mss. Boxes

Date Acquired: 04/19/2006

Subjects: Locomotives

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Photographic prints

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The F. H. Howard Collection on Steam Locomotives was compiled by Frederick Howard and contains photographs, articles, and correspondence regarding the history of steam locomotives.

Biographical Note

Frederick H. ("Joe") Howard worked in Canadian Locomotive's erecting shop in Kingston, Ont., and in the machine shop of Canadian Pacific's Angus Shops in Montreal during vacations between college semesters. There, the Assistant Works Manager took an interest in Howard's Bachelor's thesis on Steam Locomotive Design and gave him all his books, including works by Dr. W.F.M. Goss, Lawford Fry, and Superheater Company. Upon graduation, Howard went to work for Bert Mimms and Harry Bowen in Room 1000 in CP Mechanical Department's headquarters in Windsor Station, Montreal. After a tour of duty in Northwest Europe as a Canadian Army Captain, he returned to design work in Room 1000, then went on the road as shop foreman in various roundhouses, steam and diesel.

Howard spent the years 1950-1970 in the employ of General Motors, working up to Coordinator of New Product Development at the locomotive plant in London, Ontario. Later, he became Chief Engineer at Frigidaire. He was appointed President of Halicon and Halterm, operators of the Halifax, Nova Scotia container terminal, in 1971. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Nova Scotia, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Canadian Railway Club, Transportation Research Forum, and the Upper Canada Railway Society. His articles on steam engines have appeared in journals such as TRAINS.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Access Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: There are no use restrictions on this collection.

Physical Access Note: This collection is located on site.

Acquisition Source: Anne Lowndes

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Publications: The books in this collection were separated from the collection and placed in the library's book collection for easier researcher access. Steam's Finest Hour by David P. Morgan, Kalmbach Publishing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1959. In the Traces: Railroad Paintings of Ted Rose by Ted Rose, edited by Thomas H. Garver, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, 2000. Fired by Steam by Geoffrey Wheeler, The Promotional Reprint Company Ltd., Smithbooks, Canada, 1987. The Georgian Locomotive by H. Stafford Bryant, Jr., Weathervane Books, New York, ca. 1962. World's Greatest Steam Locomotives by Eugene L. Huddleston, TLC Publishing, Lynchburg, Virginia, 2001. The Steam Locomotive: Its Theory, Operation, and Economics by Ralph P. Johnson, Simmons-Boardman Publishing Company, New York, NY, 1945. Guide to North American Steam Locomotives by George H. Drury, Railroad Reference Series No. 8, Kalmbach, 1993. North American Steam Locomotives: The Mountains by Jack Farrell, Pacific Fast Mail, 1977. North American Steam Locomotives: The Berkshire and Texas Types by Jack Farrell, Pacific Fast Mail, Edmonds, WA, 1988. North American Steam Locomotives: The Northerns by Jack Farrell, Pacific Fast Mail, 1975.

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