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Collection TitleCL 174 Sam Casil Railroad CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:June 2019

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library Michael Sheehe in 2018.


Bath (N.Y.); Consolidated Rail Corporation; Elmira (N.Y.); Penn Central Transportation Company; Pennsylvania Railroad; Railroads; Railroads-Employees; Southport (N.Y.); Trade unions-Railroads


Sam Casil (February 28, 1919-December 12, 2012), son of Paul and Pauline Casil, was born and raised in Elmira. He served in the army in World War II, after which he went to work as a car repairman for the Pennsylvania Railroad at the Southport train yards. He was eventually transferred to the train yards in Bath, New York, after the Pennsylvania Railroad was bought out by first Penn Central in 1968 and then Conrail in 1976. He retired from Conrail in 1984 after having worked in the railroad industry for 32 years. He and his wife, Harriet Passwaiter, were married on May 10, 1947. They had two children.


The Sam Casil Railroad Collection contains papers related to Sam Casil’s employment with Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central, and Conrail; and newspaper clippings about railroads in the Twin Tiers.

Notes:Located on top of Reading Room Unit 03.
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1935-2013

This collection contains items related to Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central, Conrail, and other regional railroads.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Booklet - Pennsylvania Railroad Break & Train Air Signal Instructions, 1953.Booklet010101
Booklet - Pennsylvania Railroad Break & Train Air Signal Instructions, 1944. Booklet010102
Booklet - The Pennsylvania Railroad, 1959. Booklet010103
Booklet - The Pennsylvania Railroad Company Plan for Supplemental Pensions, 1961. Booklet010104
Pennsylvania Railroad Company certificate of doctor's examination issued to Sam Casil, 1972. Certificate010105
Certificate that Sam Casil of the Pennsylvania Railroad has passed the air brake repair exam, 1951. Certificate010106
(3) Pennsylvania Railroad stationery envelopes, ca. 1950s.Envelope010107
Map of the Pennsylvania Railroad with facts about the company, 1951. Map010108
Blank Pennsylvania Railroad record of inspection form.Form010109
Blank Pennsylvania Railroad supplies for pooled caboose order form. Form010110
Blank Pennsylvania Railroad car repair order form. Form010111
Track designations at the Pennsylvania Railroad Southport Yard, 1943. (2 copies)Document010112
Booklet - Penn Central Transportation Company Brake and Train Air Signal Instructions, 1969. Examination on air brake repairs enclosed. Booklet010201
Penn Central Transportation Company memorandum transferring Sam Casil to the Corning yards, 1970. Memorandum010202
Sam Casil's Penn Central Transportation Company employee insurance identification card, 1971.Identification Card010203
Blank Penn Central Transportation Company freight shipping form, 1971. Form010204
Penn Central Transportation Company memorandum regarding Sam Casil's promotion to car inspector vacation relief, 1972. Memorandum010205
(6) Penn Central Transportation Company stationery envelopes. Envelople010206
Magazine - Penn Central Post, Penn Central Transportation Company: March 1968; January 1970; September 1974; March 1976. Magazine010301
Booklet - Conrail Safety Rules for Maintenance of Equipment Employees, 1968.Booklet010401
Booklet - Conrail Agreement with the Transportation Workers of America and the Brotherhood Railway Carmen of United States and Canada, 1977. (union labor contract)Booklet010402
Diagram of train air brakes, ca. 1970s.Diagram010403
(3) Blank Conrail car repair order forms, 1976. Form010404
(2) Blank Conrail inspector's report on the condition of air brakes forms, 1976. Form010405
Blank Conrail monthly displacement allowance claim form, 1976. Form010406
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