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Archives  Facility Tour


The new home for SRHA's archives will be located near the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga Tennessee.  Click Here for a floorplan of the building.  Below are some photos of the building to give you an idea of what the facility will be like. 

Photo 1 is the street view from Turntable Road. The building is all-steel, constructed in 2011. Overall size is 60 by 150 feet. This view shows the 60 foot wide front.

Photo 2 is a 3/4 view of 4543 Turntable Road taken from the TVRM side of the road (owned by TVRM but will be turned over to the City). The main entrance to the building is under the extended roof. The downspouts show each 25 foot segment of the 150 feet along the side of the building. The property beside the building is approximately twice the footprint of the building, about 2/3 fenced with two gates off of Turntable Road.

Photo 2a is taken from about the same spot as Photo 2 looking toward the Grand Junction depot. The main entrance to the museum will come onto Turntable Road on the left side of the picture. The relocated tail track of the Wye, to turn longer trains at Grand Jct., will come nearly to the road just out of the picture to the right. Signals on the NS main line to Knoxville and Atlanta are visible just to the left of the round-end observation car. The snack bar in the depot will be easy walking distance on the relocated entrance.

Photo 3 is an interior view of the front office shown on Jim Thurston's floor plan. The main entrance is to the left. Notice that quite a bit of furniture has been left by the prior tenant. At our April work session, we will remove the bridge between the two desks, move them apart and bring two more from another office to make this a Research & Reading Room. We would like to have standard office chairs to use in this area. (Any volunteers for a donation to purchase them?)

Photo 4 is from the door of the Meeting & Training Room on the floor plan. We have changed plans and will probably use it for drawing files. We will need a table large enough to sort D size drawings. Our 42 inch color scanner and table for its dedicated PC will go in front of the window.

Photo 5 is the area adjacent to the room in Photo 4. The white box terminates the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) fiber optic cable into the building. The other devices are Ethernet switches, patch panels and power supplies are. The local area network cables from other offices (the yellow coil) come to the tall narrow patch panel. Depending on the cost, we will have Internet access in the building using wired and WiFi connections.

Photo 6 The middle office on the floor plan, windows facing Turntable Road. The built in table in the lower left of the photo is built in and gives us a large work surface. The desk, chairs and round table will be moved out during the April work session. There are two TVs and two monitors in the different offices. All are cabled to the equipment in Photo 5 and have additional connections for inputs from PCs. Rather than hooking up a projector and finding a screen, we will be able to look at our digital content easily and at multiple locations.

Photo 7 is a view of the middle office away from the windows. The desk, and fake plant, need to be taken out but notice the built in desk/workspace.

Photo 7a, 7b and 7c are of the well equipped break room area. There is room for a small table and two chairs where food and drink will be allowed. There is a coffee maker under the cabinets. People coming to the work session can consider bringing or buying various supplies for this area: paper towels, cups, etc.



Photo 8 looks toward the windows in the corner office. The chairs, table, sofa and desk will be removed and replaced with at least one work table and several chairs. The large TV and several chairs in this room will be ideal for looking at digital content and conversations.


Photo 9 Another view inside the corner office with another built in work area. We will certainly be able to replace the art work on the wall with railroad related pieces from our collection (another work session project?) Not seen here, the door into the small office is directly to the left in the hallway. The door at the end of the hall is one of two from the office section of the building into the archives storage area. One of the rest rooms is to the right at the end of the hall.



Photos 11 and 12 are the small office on the floor plan. The plan is to use this as the photo room for photo negative, prints and microfilm aperture card cabinets. All furniture, except except the built in on the right of the picture will be removed and replaced with metal cabinets.

Photo 13 shows the rest room described as down the hall in photo 9. This and another on the other side of the wall with a very similar layout are both designed for wheelchair access. We will move the two small bookcases in to each as places to store supplies.

Photo 14 is inside the rear office on the floor plan. The large window looks out into the future archives area. The large drawing table and desk will be removed during the April work session. If we can subscribe to an emergency only phone line, for E-911 services, that will be the only land-line phone connection to the building as many people have their own cell phones and we want to limit our utility costs as much as possible. The monitor is showing the images from eight security cameras in and outside of the building. The plan is for the alarm system from this building to be connected to the other TVRM buildings using the same alarm company account. Connected to the Internet, the router to the left of the monitor and hard drive can provide remote access to the building cameras. The router includes a WiFi base station for various wireless security devices.

Photo 15 is in the same small office looking toward the door out to the archives area. Most of the interior walls are concrete block, in some cases, two blocks thick to act as load bearing walls for the second floor storage area.


Photo 16 is the first showing the future archives area. The large window and door are the same as seen in photos 14 and 15. The door behind the blue ladder is a full, toilet and shower. We expect to remove the deep sink as this area and to the right will be where our Spacesaver shelves are installed. One of the security cameras is just this side of the extension ladder. This is also the first view of the second floor area. Nearly 3,000 sq. ft of space with much heavier than usual floor loading because it was designed to store pallets of material. Pallets were placed on the area above the small office by a fork-lift and then rolled through the door with a pallet jack. The second floor's heavy floor loading is the reason most of the load bearing walls in the office area are single and double thickness concrete block. Although the original building plans show stairs up to the second level along the wall to the left, they were never installed. The blue rolling ladder has been used even though it is the wrong height. Even if SRHA, or some other historical group, does not use the upstairs storage area immediately, we want to get all of the heavy construction and painting done in this area before we install our archives shelving. Any donations toward paying tenant for his lease-purchase equity, buying the building or making the needed modifications are certainly welcome. Please contact George Eichelberger, Carl Ardrey or Tim Andrews at TVRM if you are interested in helping.

Photo 17, taken from the blue ladder shows the area above the small office and the entrance to the second floor storage area. As with the concrete block, we would like to have the drywall painted as soon as possible.

Photo 18 is another view from the blue ladder looking into the second floor. It has plenty of headroom and is well insulated but does not have HVAC installed.

Photos 19, 20 and 21 are of the only unfinished room in the office area. It may be perfect as a storage area for SRHA Grab, and other groups' Company Stores. If arrangements can be made, items can be sold through the TVRM gift shop and TVRM personnel could help fill and ship mail orders.


Photo 20 is more of the unfinished storage area. Notice how close the second floor joists are spaced to each other. That accounts for the heavy floor load rating for the upstairs area.

Photo 21 looks out the door of the storage area. The wall opposite the door is the area of the third restroom and shower.

Photo 22 looks toward the roll up door for the first garage bay. To keep bugs out of the archive area and keep HVAC costs down, we intend to remove both roll-up doors (TVRM has other uses for them) and close the openings. Drywall, metal studs, insulation and the same exterior sheeting as the rest of the building will be used.

Photo 23, from the top of the blue ladder looks to the far end of building. Everything in the photo, except the warehouse shelving is the SRHA collection moved by the hard working SRHA and TVRM volunteers mentioned in the TIES Editor's letter. Sherry Eichelberger and Jim Thurston in the photo were certainly two of those hard workers.

Photo 24 was taken from the same perch on the blue ladder but faces more toward the roll-up door side of the building. A concrete block and drywall wall will be built underneath the large building frame between the short and tall roll-up doors. The area on this side of the wall with the SRHA archives area, beyond the wall will be used by TVRM.

Photo 25 looks toward the far wall at ground level. Cabinets in the foreground contain ACL/SALHS microfilm aperture cards of rolling drawings of most CSX predecessor railroads; ACL, ACL, SCL, PRR, NYC, CRR, EL, etc. Photo negatives include the Marvin Black, O.W. Kimsey, Jr. and Marvin Black photo collections. The rows of tall boxes contain the Southern Railway Presidents' files from Samuel Spencer to H.H. Hall.

Photo 26 shows many of SRHA's drawing file drawers, pallets containing Spacesaver shelf parts and Southern mechanical Dept files, from Alexandria, VA, Roanoke and Hayne Shop. Setting up drawing files will be a project during the work session on April 20-21-22.

Photo 27 looks back toward the first roll-up door. The parts in the center of the picture are flat drawing files cases, tops and bases. The wall between the SRHA and TVRM areas will be between the two sets of warehouse shelving in the right foreground (after all the warehouse shelving visible in the photo is removed). You can imagine how much all of this packing, moving and building changes is costing. To anyone that would like to preserve the history of the Southern Railway as well as other railroad historical groups in the Southeast, your donations are both needed and welcome.







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