CALTRAIN CONSULTANT COLLECTION
Title: CALTRAIN CONSULTANT COLLECTION
Collection Number: MS 41
Kratville, William W. (1929-2011)
Extent: 12 boxes
California State Railroad Museum Library
Abstract: The collection represents the files of William W. Kratville of Passenger Transportation Consultants, which contracted in the
early 1980s with the California Department of Transportation to review the development and design of new bi-level passenger
cars for use on the San Francisco-San Jose Caltrain commuter line.
Language of Material: English
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of
the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.
CALTRAIN CONSULTANT COLLECTION. California State Railroad Museum Library
Gift of William W. Kratville, 1989.
Scope and Content of Collection
The designs for new bi-level passenger cars were produced by Sumitomo Corporation of America and Nippon Sharyo under contract
with the State of California. The collection consists of photocopies of correspondence among Passenger Transportation Consultants,
the Department of Transportation and Sumitomo Corporation; minutes of meetings; and reports by Passenger Transportation Consultants,
Sumitomo Corporation, other consultants and suppliers of parts and equipment. Also included are blueline reproductions of
drawings and schematics of the equipment. The collection contains some information on motive power and then existing Southern
Pacific bi-level commuter coaches as well.
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