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Transportation: Railroads, Ships and More: Trains and Railroad History

A guide to resources about the history of trains, railroads, ships, boats, aviation and transit systems, focusing on collections available through Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections.

Collections at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Black Diamond, built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1870

Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1870 as 'Black Diamond' for Black Diamond Coal Company, California, the engine pictured above was shipped to the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia Railroad in 1889.Image from the Galen Biery Papers and Photographs, #2461, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. 



Collections of interest at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies may include:

Published Resources - Rail

Archives & Special Collections


Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections provides for responsible stewardship of and access to unique and archival resources in support of teaching, learning and research at Western Washington University and beyond. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives and Records Management work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest region, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.