Diesel Data Sheets

As I mentioned here a few times, I picked up a few rolls of microfilm a few years ago, including 3 rolls marked as “Diesel Data Sheets”. Unfortunately, there is no index on the rolls (that I can see..). Last night I went through them out of boredom, and was shocked to see sheets for a vast array of boats, including engine’s from a number of companies. I guess I need to find a microfilm scanner now. If my math is correct, each roll is 100 feet, 20 frames per foot, so about 2,000 images per roll. It is a lot of data! I have an idea to design and 3D print a holder so I can scan them on my flatbed, but that might take forever.

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A few random examples (click for larger):

I saw data sheets for ships from the teens through WWII, with engine makes such as Busch-Sulzer, Enterprise, Cleveland, EMD, Detroit, National, Ruston-Hornsby, Stover, Fairbanks, Alco, Norfolk Navy Yard, Buda and others. Hopefully in time I will be able to digitize these, along with the other reels I have.

Remember, only a few weeks left to pre-order my book on Railroad Tugboats (which has lots of cool engine stuff in it also!)

One thought on “Diesel Data Sheets

  1. Hello Paul Just got your wonderful TugBoat book and it sure brings back to my old(77yr)grey cells NY Harbor and the railroads there of.I worked 2 yrs(63/65)for Poling Bros on there motor barges and then hired on the E-L and retired off CSX 2012(was a freight car inspector)…wandered the Brooklyn ”street”rails off hours..took many a photo of tugs and locos…book sure took me back…not sure I miss NYC but sure miss the harbor(grew up Rockaway Point)…


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