Currently The "Great Lakes Dining Car Wagoneer" Edition 2010-11 : The newsletter that focuses on the history of the lunch wagon and dining car in the Great Lakes Region. This year, we focus on Ward & Dickinson
1) History of the Great
Lake Region dining car manufacturers.
2) Database of lunch
wagons and diners in selected upstate NY and western Massachusetts
including the Indiana, Michigan and Ohio databases!
[mostly online] **
6/10/06 - Now Fully searchable
by name and city. **
3) "After the workers
were served" webpage. This page is along the same line as the
but less concise. It also contains a quick wrap-up history of
[last updated early 2003]
4) My look at the Mid-West.
Including Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and in the future,
Iowa and Minnesota.
5) Diner Exodus - diners
that once did business in New York State and now reside in other states.
6) Capital District
of New York - A more in depth look at the diners, past and present, of
the Capital District area.
7) Buffalo Region of New York - A more in depth look at the diners, past and present of the greater Buffalo region.
December 2010: Forgot to update page - A little of everything. A bunch more on the Ward & Dickinson Company that I am slow to put online. Diners of New York - the book has come out, and is doing decent. Have had a few book signings. Continue to work on the idea of a Great Lakes book.
April 2006: I am trying to find family of Arthur Halladay and M (Morris?) Whitehouse. who ran General Diners for about a year, in 1940 in Oswego, NY. In a few weeks, I hope to get out to Oswego and Watertown to check into some more stuff. Hopefully building permits. Update: No luck with either family.
October 2006: Finished writing Diners of New York with Mario and Lucille Monti, for Stackpole Books. Have typed in information for first 100 Ward & Dickinson diners built. Trying to figure out best way to use the data, and create some type of web pages. No luck with General Diners, building permits in Oswego were not helpful. No actual blueprints. Time to start next edition of Great Lakes Dining Car Wagoneer
January 2007: Have been working on the Buffalo city directory work a little bit more, and working on finishing up the Sanborne map research for New York City, which is quite a job. This will be online now! - Check it out.
April 2007: The NYC information is online. It is no where near complete. But it is a good start. Easily 40 hours of research time put into collecting information. I am also working on a database of Ward and Dickinson diners that will be fully searchable by city, state and name. Currently, I am populating the database and will then work on the search program afterwards.
July 2008: The Ward & Dickinson database is online, and fully functional. There is still more data to enter, but that is going to have to wait until later. Diners of New York will be available to the public Septmeber 2008. I am working on Buffalo, NY history. It is coming along very slowly. I have also entered all current diners into a database so that all the NY Diners diners are actually in a database, and people can comment on specific diners quite easily now.
October 2008: I quickly put together the Buffalo region diner list for when the book comes out.
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