25.11.05

RESEARCHING THE HIAWATHA. The Milwaukee Road Historical Association maintain an archive at the Milwaukee Public Library. Enroute to Titletown, I stopped at the library and inquired about the November 1939 employee magazine with C. H. Bilty's article about the 125 mph test run of an F-7 Hiawatha that is likely the world's fastest authenticated speed obtained with a steam locomotive. The archive is not a public collection, and volunteers from the association work with the requests researchers leave. Expect a full report once I hear from the association.

The central library in Milwaukee was worth the trip, research findings or not. The inside has been extensively rearranged, with all vestiges of the old museum removed, and the central lobby backdated, with the escalators and other traces of Fifties modernization replaced by a grand staircase. Worth a look.

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