Note About Former Railroad Employee Records

The Erie Lackawanna Historical Society does not have access to nor maintain in its Archives employee records from the DL&W, Erie or Erie Lackawanna. Two web sites that might prove useful to those in search of employee records are the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board web site and for former Erie Railroad employees and a possible lead for former DL&W employees, Jim Sponholz's web site pages dedicated to helping find former railroad employee records.

Visit the Archives

ELHS Archive
Heritage Discover Center
100 Lee St.
Buffalo, NY, 14210

Valuation Map Index

Last Updated on 04 May 2015
Written by Scott Randolph Hits: 12749

This article contains a searchable index of the current ELHS Archives holding of railroad valuation maps.  Please read the following in order to understand how these maps are organized.  The index can be found at the end of the article.

The Valuation Act of 1913, passed into law on March 1, 1913, required the Interstate Commerce Commission to organize a Bureau of Valuation and to administer a complete valuation of the real property and assets of every railroad in the United States. The Act was a classic piece of Progressive Era railroad legislation designed to find a scientific basis for setting railroad tariffs (or shipping charges) by determining the real value of each railroad's property and assets. The legislators who drafted the Act assumed that with this information the ICC would be able to set rates according to the principle of a reasonable rate of return on the real value of each railroad and the industry as a whole. The ICC formulated a set of procedural and reporting standards for the valuation and then permitted the individual railroads to complete the valuation under the nominal supervision of an ICC administrator. The valuation process began in 1914 and was substantially complete by 1921.



Line 1:   type of map, usually Right of Way and Track or Land Map

Line 2:   owning or original railroad at time of valuation

Line 3:   operating railroad

Line 4:   division, branch or spur designation

Line 5: station (x) to station (x). (X) are the beginning and end chaining station numbers for that individual sheet. Chaining numbers run consecutively and correspond to field survey records of all items noted in the course of the valuation. Chaining numbers usually run continuously from end point to end point of each valuation section.

Line 6:   scale for right-of-way maps is generally 1 inch = 100 feet, though 1 inch = 200 feet is also common (most of the Chicago and Erie Railroad sheets are in this scale). Most land maps use a 1 inch = 50 feet scale. Other map types are: Station map - lands and Station map - tracks.

Circle line A: valuation section number and state

Circle line B:   sheet number.

Note on map date: The base line date for valuation maps in the northeastern part of the United States is June 30, 1918. While the actual survey and drafting date for each valuation section may fall before or even after this date, the valuation map represents data as of June 30, 1918.

Each sheet generally depicts the ROW, tracks, railroad owned or railroad served structures, milepost and chaining notations, presence of bridges, culverts, fences, signals, stations, water facilities, bodies of water, crossing roadways and outlines of railroad owned property outside of the ROW, name of the county, state and town and indication of geographic north. Crossing and interchanging railroads are also indicated. In addition, most maps contain a "Schedule of Property" that lists the grantor, grantee, instrument of transfer, date of grant, deed book reference, custodian's number and any explanatory remarks for each piece of railroad property on the sheet.    Generally speaking, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad sheets read left to right, and Erie System sheets read right to left. In most cases valuation sections run from railroad east to railroad west, though some of the Erie's State of Pennsylvania non-trunk valuation sections read railroad north to railroad south.

Additional materials concerning valuation records, map sheets, and the Bureau of Valuation can be found in the National Archives. Information on researching railroad records at the National Archives can be found in following resources:

Moore, T. Lane.   "Railroad Valuation Records: A Report of Interstate Commerce Commission Valuation Records at the National Archives." Railroad History 163 (1990) 93-102.

Pfeiffer, David A.   "Riding the Rails Up Paper Mountain: Researching Railroad Records in the National Archives." Prologue vol. 29 no.1 (1997) 52-61.

---------------------.   "Records Relating to North American Railroads," Reference Information Paper 91. National Archives and Record Administration, 2001.

The Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society website contains a complete copy of RIP 91 at:

Railroad Valuatoin Maps Index


 Railroad   Division   Branch   Series   Page   State   County   Town   Mile Post   Notes   Image File 
1Syracuse371NYOnondagaVan Buren, Town of1.V37.001.TIF
1Syracuse372NYOnondagaVan Buren, town of1.V37.002.TIF
1Syracuse373NYOnondagaVan Buren, town of1.V37.003.TIF
1Syracuse374NYOnondagaVan Buren1.V37.004.TIF
1Syracuse375NYOnondagaVan Buren, town of1.V37.005.TIF
1Syracuse376NYOnondagaVan Buren, town ofjunction with New York, West Shore and Buffalo1.V37.006.TIF
1Syracuse381NYCortlandCortlandville, town of249junction with Syracuse, Baldwinsville and New York (DL&W) and Elmira, Corning and Northern (LV)1.V38.001.TIF
1Syracuse382NYCortlandCortlandville, town of2501.V38.002.TIF
1Syracuse383NYCortlandCortlandville, town of1.V38.003.TIF
1Syracuse385NYCortlandCortlandville, town of2381.V38.005.TIF
1Syracuse386NYCortlandCortlandville, town of2391.V38.006.TIF
1Syracuse387NYCortlandSolon, town of2401.V38.007.TIF
1Syracuse388NYCortlandSolon, town of2411.V38.008.TIF
1Syracuse389NYCortlandSolon, town of2421.V38.009.TIF
1Syracuse3810NYCortlandSolon, town of2431.V38.010.TIF
1Syracuse3811NYCortlandSolon, town of2441.V38.011.TIF
1Syracuse3812NYCortlandFreetown, town of2451.V38.012.TIF
1Syracuse3813NYCortlandFreetown, town of2461.V38.013.TIF
1Syracuse3814NYCortlandCincinnatus, town of2471.V38.014.TIF
Page 1 of 175
<<First <Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next> Last>>
Powered by Tools JX

ELHS Archives Donation

Please consider supporting the work of the ELHS Archives by making a monetary contribution.


Train Orders

Train Orders is a new ELHS email newsletter. It is intended to provide information about ELHS news and events more frequently than what our quarterly mailing allows. Just click Train Orders and complete the form to opt-in.


Copyright © 2004-2013
ELHS Webmaster 
A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Educational Organization 
Joomla 2.5 Templates designed by Web Hosting Reviews