I took a break from cleaning ceramics and glass this week to start entering catalogue data onto the Kings County Museum's collections database. Getting as much information on the museum's objects as we can loaded into the database is very important for anyone wishing to do historical research. Fortunately, all of the objects donated to the museum from the railway roundhouse demolition came with a catalogue sheet describing the object along with measurements, condition, possible dating, and a few other pieces. Over time I will add to this information by doing additional historical research, taking high resolution photographs (called record photography by conservators and other professionals), talking to railway objects collectors, visiting other museums with railway collections, and so on. My objective is to date everything and provide additional resources for those interested in learning more.
We were happy to be able to visit a local collector, Don Foster, arranged by the museum's curator, Bria Stokesbury. Don has been collecting railway objects for very many years. He has an amazing collection that follows the development of railways in Nova Scotia. He has a caboose in his yard that was in use from 1912 until 1976 and which he has done a lot of restoration work. Because it is mostly wood it requires regular maintenance. He is a passionate collector with a strong interest in promoting railway history. Even more importantly to us, he was able to answer all of our questions concerning our railway roundhouse objects and put them into context through his own collection. We brought with us a box of metal objects that we knew very little about, that we thought were not in good shape and which we could offer to him. There are two photographs of the objects we brought him that I wrote about in a previous post on October 16. Here is the link: Roundhouse Objects Conservation - Oct. 16, 2012 (It will open in a new window).
|Square- headed wood bolt from old rail car.|
|Bearing box maintenance tool in Kings County Museum|
|Comparing bearing box maintenance tools.|