Summary Information
Title: Robert G. Pflaum Slide Collection
Collection Number: AIS.2010.01
Creator: Pflaum, Robert G., 1938-2007

Collection Dates: Bulk, 1970-1985
Collection Dates: 1910-2000
Extent: 2.5 linear feet

Language: English

Abstract:
The Robert G. Pflaum Slide Collection documents railroads and streetcar transit systems and includes 35 mm slides and manuscript material in the form of maps, news articles, and ephemera. While there is a focus on Pittsburgh, content documenting railroads or streetcars can be found for Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, and Michigan. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

March 2013
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Karen Dettloff and Miriam Meislik.
Biography

Robert G. Pflaum was born November 9, 1938 to Robert H. and Mabel Becker Pflaum in Pittsburgh, Pa. Pflaum's life-long fascination with streetcars began at an early age. According to his son, Pflaum, "as a very young boy, once took a trolley token from a dish in his grandparents' living room, boarded the first trolley that passed by, and rode that trolley all day long until it returned in front of the house later that day where his grandfather met him at the curb and walked him home."

Pflaum also lived in Denver, Chicago, and Columbus as the family followed his father’s career as a regional salesman, but often returned to Pittsburgh in the summers. He purchased a hobby shop in Columbus which he ran for 43 years, returning to Pittsburgh on weekends to ride and to photograph streetcars. Robert G. Pflaum died on May 9, 2007.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

The Robert G. Pflaum Slide Collection includes 35 mm slides and manuscript material in the form of maps, news articles, and ephemera. Titles of files have been left as created by the donor. Inventories created by Pflaum are available to some slide files.

The collection documents railroads and streetcar transit systems. While there is a focus on Pittsburgh, content documenting railroads or streetcars can be found for Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, Michigan, and Canada. Even though Pflaum was an avid rail and streetcar photographer, he like many rail fans, purchased collections of slides for his own reference. The original photographer is noted where known.

Several abbreviations can be found in the collection. These abbreviations and their meanings are as follows: PCC (President's Conference Committee), D & RGW (Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad), C & S (Colorado and Southern Railroad), B & O (Baltimore and Ohio Railroad), and M & NF (Moorehead and North Fork Railroad).


Arrangement

Pflaum had several arrangements for this collection. Items may be found grouped by manufacturer, such as GE; by rail line, such as Pennsylvania or New York Central; or by specific car type, such as PCC trolley cars. He was also known to occasionally group them by time period as well. The collection was originally organized into slide presentation trays that appeared to follow a subject and date order, which has been maintained.

Series I. Slide Presentations, 1900-2000

Series II. Manuscript Materials, 1910-1990


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Cable cars (Streetcars) -- United States -- Photographs
  • Electric railroads -- Cars -- United States -- Photographs
  • Street-railroads -- United States -- Photographs
  • Transportation -- United States -- Photographs

Corporate Names
  • Pittsburgh Railways Company.

Locations
  • Altoona (Pa.)
  • Baltimore (Md.)
  • Cass (W. Va.)
  • Colorado
  • Fells Point (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Michigan
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Genres/Forms
  • Articles
  • Maps
  • Slides (Photographs)

Category
  • Business and Industry

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Robert G. Pflaum in February 2010.

Alternate Format:

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at http://digital.library.pitt.edu/images/pittsburgh/pflaum.html.

Preferred Citation:

Robert G. Pflaum Slide Collection, 1910-2000, AIS.2010.01, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Collection Inventory

Series I. Slides, 1939-1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains 35mm slides and select inventories created by Pflaum which accompanies the collection. Subjects include views of trains, stations, Pittsburgh Transit system, and streetcars. Also included are various views of Colorado, New York City, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Western Maryland. The majority of images in the collection were taken by Pflaum. Other images were collected by Pflaum and are generally labeled with the photographer's name somewhere on the mount. Slides have been numbered so that their original order could be maintained. Digital reproductions of selected slides from the collection are available online.


Box 1
Folder 1 Inventories for Box 1

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 1.

Tray 1 PCC Vol. I (100.0 slides)

This tray contains views of street cars from Baltimore, Maryland (Baltimore Transit); Birmingham, Alabama; Cleveland, Ohio (Cleveland Transit); Boston, Maine; Brooklyn, New York ( Brooklyn & Queens Transit); Chicago, Illinois (C.T.A.); Cincinnati, Dallas, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; El Paso, Texas (El Paso City Lines); Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Johnstown Traction Company); Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles M.T.A.); and Kansas City, Kansas (Kansas City Public Service).

Tray 2 PCC Vol. II

This tray contains views of street cars from Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles M.T. A., Pacific Electric); Louisville, Kentucky (PCC); Montreal, Canada; Newark, New Jersey (Newark C.P.T.); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Suburban Transit Co., Septa); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Port Authority Transit); San Diego, California (S.D.E.R.); San Francisco, California (S.F.M.); Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights Rapid Transit); and Toronto, Canada; Unidentified Locations (Leonard's Subway and Public Service Coor. Trans.).

Tray 3 PCC Vol. III 1946-1977

This tray contains view of street cars from Toronto, Canada; Quebec, Canada (Montreal PCC); Minneapolis, Minnesota; Washington D.C. (D.C. Transit); Melbourne, Florida; Mexico City, Mexico; Tampico, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh; Los Angeles, California (Pacific Electric); Chicago, Illinois (Chicago PCC); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SEPTA); El Paso, Texas; Kansas City, Kansas; and various others.

Tray 4 PCC Vol. IV

This tray contains views of street cars from El Paso, Texas; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Newark, New Jersey; Brooklyn, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Port Authority Transit); Boston, Massachusetts (MBTA, Riverside Station); San Francisco, California (SFMR); Chicago, Illinois (Chicago PCC); Washington, DC (D.C. Transit).

Tray 5 PGH PCC (a)

This tray contains views of street cars from the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Arlington, Downtown, Mount Washington, Oakland, Wilkinsburg, Bellview, Westview, South Hills Junction; Southside; Dormont, Beltzhoover, and Squirrel Hill.

Tray 6 PGH II PCC

This tray contains views of street cars from the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Dormont, South Hills, Beltzhoover, East Liberty, Mt. Washington.


Box 2
Folder 1 Inventories for Box 2

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 2.

Tray 1 Western Maryland

This tray contains views of trains in Eastern United States (Norfolk Southern); Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Aurora & Elgin); unidentified locations (Chessie System, Western Maryland R.R., Cambria & Indiana Railroad).

Tray 2 Kindig; C&S; D & RGW Monarch; D & RGW Silverton, 1939-1940

This tray contains images of the Colorado Southern and were taken by Richard Kindig.

Tray 3 West Side; Rayonier Photographed by Mac Owen

This tray contains 14 images of Rayonier's Trains that were photographed by Mac Owen. The remaining images are located in El Dorado County, California (Diamond & Caldor R.R. trains).

Tray 4 B & O

This tray contains views of train cars from Ohio (Toledo Lake Erie & Western R.R.) and unidentified locations (Penn Central, Pullman Standard, Norfolk & Western, B & O, C & O).

Tray 5 Colo #1

This tray contains views of trains and train cars from the Rio Grande, a shop car, and Durango & Silverton.

Tray 6 Colo #3

This tray contains views of trains and train cars of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Denver & Rio Grande (D & RGW).


Box 3
Folder 1 Inventories for Box 3

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 3.

Tray 1 Horseshoe Curve; Cass; PGH

This tray contains views of train cars from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Allegheny); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Altoona, Pennsylvania; Ludington, Michigan; and Cass, West Virginia (Cass Scenic R.R.); Peninsula, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Line); Lima, Ohio (LIMA Locomotive Works Incorporated); unidentified location (Heisler, Penn Central, Conrail).

Tray 2 D & RGW/Colorado

This tray contains views of trains and train cars from Horseshoe Curve, PA; Englishtown, N.J.; South Amboy, N.J.; Elkland, Pennsylvania; Altoona, Pennsylvania; El Dorado, Arkansas.(El Dorado & Wesson Railroad); Crossett, Arkansas; Charlestown, New Hampshire; and Nashville, Arkansas; Baltimore, Maryland (Baltimore & Ohio); Roanoke, Virginia (Norfolk & Western); Golden, Colorado (Golden City & San Juan); Durango, Colorado (Denver & Rio Grande Southern);Pennsylvania, New York (Wellsville, Addison and Galeton Railroad); Champaign, Illinois (Illinois Terminal); unidentified locations (Uintah Railway, Southern, DL & G, Florence & Cripple Creek, D.L.S.W.R.R, Wellsville, Springfield Terminal, Colorado & Southern, D & RGW, Mississippi Central).

Tray 3 Narrow Gauge Train & Rio Grande Train

This tray contains views of trains from Colorado (Narrow Gauge Railroad, Rio Grande Railroad).

Tray 4 Assortment of trains and cities

This tray contains views of trains from South Hills Village, the Chicago South Shoreland, the Milwaukee Road car, and a Durham & Southern Train.

Tray 5 Galena Brick & W. VA

This tray contains views of train cars from Galena, Ohio; Colliers, West Virginia; Weirton, West Virginia; Cumberland, Maryland; Xenia, Ohio; Rowlesburg, West Virginia; Widen, West Virginia; Christiansburg, Virginia; Grafton, West Virginia; and Marion, Ohio; Unidentified locations (Southern Railway, Conrail, Amtrak, Penn Central, Santa Fe, Lehigh Valley and B&O).

Tray 6 Areas of West Virginia

This tray contains views of train cars and surrounding landscape from Ellamore, West Virginia; New River Gorge, West Virginia; Ronceverte, West Virginia; Greenbriar River, West Virginia; Marlinton, West Virginia; White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; Cotton Hill, West Virginia; Swandole, West Virginia; Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Cumberland, Maryland (Turbo Train); Parkersburg, West Virginia; and Shay, West Virginia; unidentified locations (B & O, Turbo Train, Amtrak, Cass Scenic Railroad).


Box 4
Folder 1 Inventories for Box 4

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 4.

Tray 1 Michigan/NW./Stations

This tray contains views of train cars and surrounding landscape from Morrow, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Mogadure, Ohio; Delaware, Ohio; Wellston, Ohio; Canal Winchester, Ohio; New Lexington, Ohio; Jackson, Ohio; Ridgely, West Virginia; Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Connellsville, Pennsylvania; Island Airlines; Whimpy's Hamburgers in Dayton; Parsons, West Virginia (Western Maryland Depot); Lima, Ohio (DT &I Station); unidentified locations (Cadillac & Lake City Railway, Northern Pacific, D & RGW, Western Maryland, Chessie System, B&O, Southern, Hacking Valley Station and Pennsylvania Railroad).

Tray 2 Ohio River & Western

This tray contains views of stations, buildings, tunnels, trains and train cars from Herlans, Ohio; Cumberland, Ohio; Alledonia, Ohio; Jacobsburg, Ohio; Bellaire, Ohio; New Lexington, Ohio; Perryopolis, Pennsylvania (Perryopolis Tunnel); Spraat, Ohio; Barnsville, Ohio; Lewisville, Ohio; and Ozark, Ohio; unidentified locations (Burkart Station, Moxahala Tunnel, DT & I Tunnel, OR & W Depot, Kirkbridge Farm, B & O, C & MV Tunnel).

Tray 3 Pittsburgh and Assortments of Trains

This tray contains views of scenery, street cars and trains from Pittsburgh. Some of the street cars, trains and train cars that can be found are Allegheny, Nickel Rate Road, Conrail, Chessie System, Whitewater Valley, Fort Wayne Railroad, Penn Central, Family Line System, and Port Authority.

Tray 4 Cass & Shay, WV

This tray contains views of scenery, street cars, and trains from Pittsburgh. These represent equipment from Allegheny, Nickel Rate Road, Conrail, Chessie System, Whitewater Valley, Fort Wayne Railroad, Penn Central, Family Line System, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Tray 5 Fells Point, Baltimore

This tray contains views of street cars and the neighborhoods in Fells Point, Baltimore.

Tray 6 PGH

This tray contains views of street cars featuring the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Beltzhoover and surrounding communities of Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon, and the South Hills.


Box 5
Folder 1 Inventories for Box 5

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 5.

Tray 1 Meadow River; Cass Equipment; Junction City Mill

This tray contains images from Rainelle, West Virginia; Cass, West Virginia (Cass shops); Junction City, Ohio; an unidentified location and subjects including Heisler, a Meadow River Camp car, a Meadow River caboose, coal docks, a lumber mill, and Mower Lumber.

Tray 2 Freedom Train

This tray contains images of train cars in Ashely, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Crystal Lake, Illinois; and Circleville, Columbus; as well unidentified locations and subjects including American Freedom Train, Southern Pacific, N&W, and Alabama Boat Builders.

Tray 3 NY Trip & RR, 1995

These images were taken during a trip by Robert G. Pflaum. This tray contains images of warehouses and tracks in New York City, South Brooklyn Railway (S.B.K.), NYCH RR, Garages, Army Depot, Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal (BEDT). Locations that have been identified in this tray are Brooklyn, NY; and New York Cross Harbor.

Tray 4 NYC Trip, 1996

This tray of images were taken by Robert G. Pflaum during a trip to New York. Images were taken of Hoboken Station; floats and ferrys; the Statue of Liberty; the Brooklyn Bridge; warehouses, and Hell Gate Bridge. The locations identified are Manhattan, Hoboken, Long Island, Staten Island, Ellis Island, Brooklyn, and Hudson Bay.

Tray 5 Fells Point; Mt. Claire; M & N.F

This tray contains views of buildings, trains and train cars from Gore, Virginia; Morehead, Kentucky; Baltimore, Maryland (B&O Museum); unidentified locations (Winchester & Western Rail Car, Durham & Southern, and Morehead & Morgan Fork).

Tray 6 Topical Images

This tray contains views of equipment, suspended foot bridges, riverboats, signs, a car ferry, a towboat, a steel mill, tracks, and stations from Wheeling, West Virginia; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Ellamore, West Virginia; Marietta, Ohio; Fly, Ohio; Brilliant, Ohio; Portsmouth, Ohio; Norristown, Pennsylvania; Decatur, Indiana; and Horseshoe Curve, Pennsylvania; as well as unidentified locations showing a Pennsylvania Railroad station and an El Station.


Box 6
Folder 1 Inventories for Box 6

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 6.

Tray 1 Narrow Gauge

This tray contains views of trains and buildings including the Sumpter Valley Facilities, Sumpter Valley Railroad, and the West Side Rail Road.

Tray 2 Pittsburgh PCC

This tray contains view of street cars from the Pittsburgh neighborhoods and surrounding communities including Downtown, Polish Hill, the South Hills, Mt. Lebanon, and Allentown.

Tray 3 Small Mixed Boxes 1-5

Views of trains included in this tray represent Norfolk & Western, Baltimore & Ohio, Western Maryland, and Meadow River Camp cars.

Tray 4 Small Trays #1-5

This tray contains views of trains and airplanes in unidentified locations representing the New York Central Railroad; Nickel Rate Road; an NC & SL car, and Island Airline.

Tray 5 Small Trays #6-10

This tray contains views of trains and street cars from Carver, Maryland (Edaville R.R); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Street Car); Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; Frankford Junction, Pennsylvania; and unidentified locations that include equipment from the Beebe River Railroad, a Wiscasset & Quebec train car, Edaville Railroad, Norfolk & Western, Fourth Street Elevator, Western Maryland; Shaker Heights Rapid Transit, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and the Cass Scenic Railroad.

Tray 6 Small Trays #11

This tray contains views of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad with the majority of views being unidentifiable.


Box 7
Folder 1 Inventories for Box 7

This folder contains Pflaum's original inventory to the slides in box 7.

Tray 1 PGH(b) PCC

This tray contains views of street cars from the Pittsburgh neighborhoods and surrounding communities. Street cars represent the areas of the South Hills, Downtown, Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon, Dormont, Fineview, and Mt. Washington. They include the following routes: Smithfield-Carson, Broadway-La Salle, Grant-6, South Hills Junction, Library P-R-W (Pittsburgh Railways), Smithfield-P&LE TFR (Transfer); Arlington Avenue, Fourth Avenue- Grant, Forbes-Grant, Arlington-McArdle, Smithfield-Ft. Pitt, Mt. Lebanon Loop, Suburban-Alton, Washington-Church, Smithfield & Liberty, Liberty Avenue, Castle Shannon, Dormont, 6th Street Bridge, Smithfield Street, Mt. Washington, Avalon Loop, Henderson Street, Fineview, Wood Street, Smithfield Street Bridge, Arden, Pennsylvania, and Westview, Pennsylvania.

Series II. Manuscript Materials, 1910-1986

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains train route maps of Ohio and other routes throughout the eastern United States. Also included is a cause of delay form dated 1910, several news articles and additional inventories to slides that appear to be missing from the collection.


Box 8
Folder 1 Train Route Maps
Folder 2 Inventories for Missing Slides

Inventories for slides that appear to be missing.

Folder 3 "Trolley Buffs Preserve History of Coke Region System", July 15, 1973
Folder 4 "Cause of Delay Form" for The Denver and Rio Grande R. R. Co., November 13, 1910