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Railroad Engine Register of the
William E. Woodard Patents
1909-1949
by Robert S. Harding

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
© Smithsonian Institution, 1985. All rights reserved.

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Contents

Biography
Scope and Content Note
Provenance
Container List


Biography

William E. Woodard (1873-1942) was directly responsible for many developments in steam locomotive design. As an inventor of locomotive equipment, he had ninety-two patents on various mechanical features of steam locomotive and electric locomotive design. He worked for the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Cramp's Shipyard, the Dickson Locomotive Works, the Schenectady Locomotive Works, the American Locomotive Works (1900-1916), and, finally, the Lima Locomotive Works (1916-1942); and during the same period he worked as a consultant to the Franklin Railway Supply Company. At the Lima Locomotive Works, he was vice president in charge of design, a position he held until his death in 1942.

Scope and Content

This collection includes ninety-one patents which were exclusively issued to William E. Woodard. Eleven other patents were joint issue in the name of Woodard and his associates. Among them are three United States patents, copies which are not in their original form. The patents are arranged chronologically by country.

Provenance

Transferred from the Division of Transportation, 11/8/84.


Container List

BOX/FOLDER

Series 1: United States Patents

1/1 Patent Nos. 918,807 - 1,141,294.

1/2 1,181,194 - 1,325,068.
1/3 1,341,961 - 1,452,862.
1/4 1,478,593 - 1,536,036.
1/5 1,556,739 - 1,620,423.
1/6 1,628,095 - 1,741,670.
1/7 Miscellaneous correspondence; Licence agreement, January 5, 1925, between W.E. Woodard and Mexico for improvements in locomotive; agreement between W.E. Woodard and the Economy Devices Corporation; locomotive engine designs by W.E. Woodard.

2/1 1,775,337 - 1,991,239.

2/2 1,992,980 - 2,188,327.
2/3 2,183,603 - 2,255,303.
2/4 2,275,277 - 2,385,957.
2/5 1,000,489: William F. Buck's Patent for Locomotive.

Series 2: Canadian Patents

3/1 Patent Nos. 121,687 - 158,143.

3/2 160,458 - 184,003.
3/3 184,201 - 245,828.
3/4 247,616 - 265,492.
3/5 266,497 - 278,910.
3/6 276,996 - 296,141.

4/1 297,577 - 339,186.

4/2 349,093 - 386,290.
4/3 391,204 - 401,254.
4/4 401,255 - 434,640.

Series 3: Mexican Patents

5/1 Patent Nos. 21,070 -23,224.

5/2 23,312 - 25,233.
5/3 25,234 - 25,276.

Series 4: Patents for Other Foreign Countries

1/1 Belgium: Patent No. 422,089.

1/2 France: Patent No. 815,997; 832,384.
1/3 Great Britain: Patent No. 251,625 - 534,569.
1/4 India: Patent No. 24,184.
1/5 South Africa: Patent No. 863/37.
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Last Update: 16 Nov 2006

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