Title: Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1916-1928
Collection number: MS 37
Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company
Extent: 2 cartons
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[Identification of item], Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company Collection, MS 37, California State Railroad Museum Library,
The Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company was organized in 1916 to manufacture and market a device invented by John B.
Shelton for a movable deck to be installed in railroad box, refrigerator and stock cars. The officers of the company included
Shelton as president and Guy V. Fleming as secretary. Offices were in San Francisco. A Canadian subsidiary also was established
Over the years the company succeeded in installing adjustable car decks for test purposes on a number of railroads, including
the Southern Pacific, Nevada-California-Oregon, Northwestern Pacific, Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul, and Chicago and Alton.
None of the railroads however, ordered the devices.
The company encountered financial difficulties in the 1920s, and in 1924 A. R. T. Lackie replaced Shelton as president. Further
attempts were made to interest railroads in the adjustable car decks, but with little success. It appears as though the company
ceased operation by the 1930s.
The collection consists of the business records of the Shelton Adjustable Double Deck Car Company, and includes the by-laws,
minutes of the board of directors for the American and Canadian firms, stock sales books and patents information. There are
also miscellaneous letters, stock transfer records and advertising materials. In addition, researchers will find photographs
of the device in the Museum's photograph files and drawings in the drawings collection. Wood and brass advertising models
of the adjustable car decks are located in the Museum's artifact collections.