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On May 2, 1981, the California State Railroad Museum opened to the public, as did the Museum Library. The library has been an integral component of CSRM since the project's inception. It was clear to the founders of the Museum that a thoughtfully assembled collection of published, manuscript, and pictorial materials would not only enhance the museum's services but also support its conservation and education programs. With this goal in mind, as railroad equipment and artifacts were gathered for s...



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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive 4-6-0 No. 1555 was outshopped in May of 1875 by the Schnectady Locomotive Works (construction number 982) and numbered CP No. 190. In 1891 it was renumbered 1555. In 1899 the locomotive was rebuilt and renumbered 1068. The locomotive was sold to Union Rock Company October 20, 1927. Here the crew poses with the locomotive, tender and a wood caboose. The caboose is one of a large group built by the Central Pacific Shops in the late 1870s using...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
CP box car 36903 is an early ventilated fruit car built for the Central Pacific in the 1880s and modernized soon after the turn of the century. Air-flow cooled the contents of the car. Ventilated cars were later replaced by refrigerated cars. This photograph was taken at the Sacramento Shops.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1900-1909
Side elevation of Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1 "C. P. Huntington." The drawing was first prepared November 11, 1936 by David L. Joslyn. This example is the second revision dated April 30, 1951. The "C. P. Huntington" is on display at the California State Railroad Museum.
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Note : Due to original recording: Program Distorted at Times; Static on Tape; High Background Noise on Tape An audio interview lasting slightly over an hour. Interview with retired railroad engineer, Arthur Smith about his experiences on the job. Smith talked about the unique and unusual things he had seen on the job, seeing the “Freedom Train” that toured the country as part of the 1975 Bicentennial, and seeing his first diesel powered train in California. Smith and the interviewer...
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Source: Audio cassette: 1 Tape of 1
Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1 "C. P. Huntington" on its way to San Francisco for display at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (February 20 - December 4, 1915) in San Francisco. The locomotive is secured to SP flat car No. 40971 (Class F-50-4) on board car float No. 1.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
Southern Pacific steam locomotives Nos. 1, C. P. Huntington, and No. 2839 posed in front of the north side of the Office Building. Bay 25, at the southwest corner of the Machine Shops, is to left. The Machine Shop bays were numbered north to south. The C. P. Huntington is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum. Class C steam locomotive No. 2839 was built at the Sacramento Shops and placed into service on August 31, 1917. It was scrapped in Sacramento on December 19, 1952.
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Description : This is brief footage (50 ft. reel) of likely amateur footage, but it includes scenes of construction of the Oroville Dam. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm Call Number : WSF 50/104 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for...
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Central Pacific Railroad 4-6-0 steam locomotive second No. 177 on the turntable at the Sacramento Shops. This locomotive was built at the Sacramento Shops and placed into service August 7, 1886. It was renumbered 1764 in 1891 and 2193 in 1901, and scrapped November 20, 1916.
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Celebration for arrival of the first 3-cylinder compound 4-10-2 class of locomotive, 5000 series. It was the first 4-10-2 locomotive built for the SP. View is looking east. Both ends of the Roundhouse are visible.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
Southern Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 2371 was built at the Sacramento Shops (the first 4-6-0 of the new century), outshopped in November of 1917 and placed into service November 24, 1917. This locomotive was scrapped in 1954.
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Central Pacific steam locomotive No. 237 on turntable at the Sacramento Shops. No. 237, El Gobernador, was built in Sacramento, completed in February 1883 and placed into service March of 1884. The locomotive was dismantled July 15, 1894. View is looking east. The northwest corner of the Car Shop is visible at rear right. The north wall of the Machine Shop is to right. The Roundhouse is at left.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1880-1889
Central Pacific Railroad No. 4 "T. D. Judah" was built by Danforth, Cooke & Company and placed into service April 9, 1864. This locomotive may have been sold in 1889 to a company in British Columbia, and scrapped in 1912.
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Sacramento Valley Railroad 4-4-0 steam locomotive "Pioneer." Inscription on back reads "Negative made in early 70s by E. L. Johnson, a Sacramento photographer son of Joseph Johnson of Sacto [sic] Valley Ry. Property of Mrs. Scott [illegible] daughter of E. L. Johnson."
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1860-1869
This map shows the route of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads from the Midwest to the Pacific Coast.
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Built by the Danforth Locomotive and Machine Company, this 4-6-0 steam locomotive was outshopped April 1868 and placed into service November 5, 1868. It was renumbered to 1543 in 1891, and scrapped May 1903.
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Description : Documentary footage of the recovery of Southern Pacific SD-9 diesel locomotive No. 4310, one of four locomotives marooned at Eureka following the Island Mountain Tunnel fire. The footage documents the 1979 movement of the detrucked diesel by Bigge Drayage from Alderpoint to Dos Rios, where it was put back onto NWP/SP rails. This is a bit of odd California railroad history, more recent history at that. The Island Mountain tunnel was the longest tunnel on the Northwestern Pacific...
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This 32-foot caboose was built circa 1872. It was the most common style built by the Central Pacific between 1872 and 1903. The basic configuration included wide side doors near the cupola end for the loading of baggage and express, and 4 bunks. The photograph may be dated after May of 1914 when the side doors were removed. This caboose was retired in April of 1928.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
Celebration for arrival of a new 3-cylinder compound 4-10-2 class of locomotive, 5000 series.
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Conductor waves from rear platform of Central Pacific wood caboose No. 93. The back of the print is inscribed: Oneill near Brighton. CP 93 is a 32-foot long, wood, side-door caboose, completed October 30, 1889. This caboose was a standard type along the CP and the SP from the mid-1880s until 1897 when the design was slightly changed and adopted as Class CS 15. The car was re-lettered Southern Pacific February 19, 1924, in Sacramento. The railroad designated the caboose as worn out on April 6,...
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California State Railroad Museum Library
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Description : Amateur footage of Southern Pacific passenger trains, "Coast Daylight," Southern Pacific ferry between San Francisco and Oakland. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm (Kodachrome camera original) Collection : Railroad Film Collection Filing Location : WSF 200/34 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions,...
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Interior view of Machine Shop looking north. Boiler and truss work are on a dirt floor. In the Machine Shop metal objects were cut down to finished dimensions. The Shop contained many tools, including lathes, planers, mills, shapers, slotters, drill presses and grinders of various sizes and configurations. Some of the machine tools were immense because of the need to work on giant-sized components. Larger machines were powered through a line shaft system. A bank of six boilers and a Corliss...
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Note : Due to original recording: Video Noise Visible in Picture; General Poor Recording Quality; Flagging Visible in Picture; Banding Visible in Picture; Creases on Tape Visible in Picture Contains moving images of the Union Pacific No. 8444 and No. 3985, and the Southern Pacific No. 4449 en route to Railfair 1981. The film highlights opening day ceremonies, featuring dignitaries, several speeches, and locomotives on display. In the background is the ribbon cutting ceremony for the museum, and...
Topics: californiarevealed, Fairs--California--20th Century, Trains, Southern Pacific Railroad Company
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
CP No. 77, Confucius, was out-shopped April 1868, rebuilt in the late 1880s with an Andrew J. Stevens-designed boiler, renumbered to 1202 in 1891, and scrapped January 13, 1897 in Sacramento. Inscription on back of print reads: Running from Wadsworth to Winnemucca, Truckee Division, 1888.
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Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Debrus on camera lens visible. Burnt and stained frames are visible. Contains moving images of a Big Trees Excursion Train, dated July 23, 1950. It begins at the San Francisco Third and Townsend Street depot, with images of activity around the depot. It then shows Southern Pacific steam locomotive no. 4402 backing onto the train. The film features several scenes of passengers boarding along the San...
Topics: californiarevealed, Trains, Excursions, Southern Pacific Railroad Company
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
Southern Pacific Railroad business car No. 124 "Stockton" at Sacramento Shops. Wood coach No. 1329 was completed by the Pullman Company in October of 1895. In 1911 it was rebuilt as a business car at the Sacramento Shops, numbered Southern Pacific No. 124 and named "Stockton." This image probably dates between 1911 and 1925 when the car was renamed "Sacramento."
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Note : Due to original recording: High Amount of Buzz. Contains moving images of Railfair 1981, including the night performance of the pageant. Also includes shots of the Union Pacific locomotives 3985 and 8444, and the Southern Pacific No. 4449. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Fairs--California--20th Century, Trains
Source: U-matic: 1 Tape of 1
Southern Pacific steam locomotives No. 1, C. P. Huntington, and No. 2839 posed beside Bay 25 at the southwest corner of the Machine Shop. SP No. 2839 was built at the Sacramento Shops and placed into service August 31, 1917. No. 2839 was the first new locomotive constructed in the SP Shops in the twentieth century.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
Description : Amateur footage from the Hugh G. Martin Collection Call Number : WSF 200/31 Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm Collection : Railroad Film Collection Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research....
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View is looking northeast towards west end and south side of Central Pacific Railroad passenger station. The station was completed in 1879. A passenger train, headed by Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1446, stands at the west end of the passenger station.
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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 1536 was out-shopped in April of 1868 by McKay and Aldus as CP No. 68, Peoquop. It was rebuilt in December of 1891 with a new H. J. Small-designed standard boiler and other improvements. In 1901 it was renumbered 2001. The 4-6-0 locomotive was scrapped September 26, 1933 at the Brooklyn yards. This photograph was taken in Tracy.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1890-1899
The No. 5004 was placed into service July 10, 1925 and scrapped February 18, 1953. It was a 3 cylinder 4-10-2 freight locomotive built by the American Locomotive Company.
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Inscription on back of the print reads "Front view looking south, Boiler & Machine Shops." Also known as Jeffery Shops after Edward Turner Jeffery, president of the Western Pacific from 1913 to 1917.
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Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1 elevated inside the Machine Shop (later the Erecting Shop). This locomotive is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1900-1909
View along First Street, looking north towards I Street bridge (completed 1911). Team track is visible in the middle where a pillar crane is mounted.
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West Oakland yard crew with Southern Pacific steam locomotive 307 and freight car lettered: California Fast Freight Line. The Southern Pacific and the Union Pacific joined in 1885 to form the California Fast Freight Line to guarantee the swift shipment of fruit across the Overland Route. Ice blocks were placed at each end of the ventilated box cars to cool the car's contents.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1880-1889
Exterior view of Southern Pacific Railroad passenger station at Colfax. This colonnade-style depot, completed circa 1906, is the second depot at Colfax.
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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive second No. 19 on turntable in front of Sacarmento roundhouse, with crew. This locomotive was built in the Sacramento Shops and placed into service August 27, 1884. It was designed by Andrew J. Stevens and served as a prototype design for subsequent production. Rebuilt in the 1890s, it was finally scrapped in February 1923 in Oregon.
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Three Southern Pacific steam locomotives posed in front of the roundhouse at the Sacramento Shops. These three 4-4-0 steam locomotives, Nos. 219, 220, and 221, were built at the Sacramento Shops. This image may date close to September 1887 when they were completed.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1880-1889
View is looking west towards east end and north side of the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger station (completed 1879). The three-story brick SP hospital is at left. Tracks for the new station (dedicated 1926) are visible at left.
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This diminutive steam locomotive was built for the Central Pacific Railroad by Danforth, Cooke and Company of Paterson, New Jersey in 1863. Shipped from New York around Cape Horn, it arrived in San Francisco March 19, 1864. The C.P. Huntington (No. 3 of the Central Pacific Railroad) was used in the construction of the transcontinental railroad.  In 1871 it was transferred to the newly organized Southern Pacific Railroad and renumbered No. 1. From 1894 on the C. P. Huntington became a symbol of...
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Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Contains moving images of two separate railroad excursions. The first portion is a fan-trip on the Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge, dated February 22, 1952 pulled by Locomotive No. 18. The consist is 3 box cars, combine No. 401, and baggage car No. 22 on the rear. Shots include the passenger station and yard in Owenyo, numerous photo run-bys, and the locomotive taking on water, as well as a “group...
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Topics: californiarevealed, Excursions, Trains
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
View is looking northwest at the main entrance to the SP station. The station was dedicated February 27, 1926. Given the pristine appearance of the brick station, this image appears to have been taken close to the opening date.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
Microfilm of Central Pacific and Stockton and Copperopolis railroad maps, circa 1800s.
Topics: californiarevealed, Railroads--West (U.S.)--Maps, Central Pacific Railroad Company
Source: Microfilm: 1 Reel of 1 (Unknown)
Note : Due to original recording: No audio - All silent Contains moving images of the Southern Pacific No. 4294 cab-forward being switched in the Sacramento Shops in 1967. Written on VHS: 100/21; 113 For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
Exterior end view of Fruit Growers Express refrigerator car 35832, on display at the California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento. Refrigerator cars made California fruits and vegetables available from coast to coast, transforming the state's economy. Thousands of iced refrigerator cars were built until the 1950s when mechanically cooled cars gradually replaced them. A typical steel-frame, wood-sheathed car of the 1920s and 1930s, No. 35832 (outshopped in 1924) carried perishable cargo...
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Celebration to mark completion of SP steam locomotive No. 4328, Class Mt-3, outshopped in Sacramento, September 1925 and placed into service September 30, 1925. This was the first 4-8-2 locomotive built at the Sacramento Shops. The locomotive was vacated January 22, 1953 and scrapped in Los Angeles February 27, 1953. The headlight and smokestack of SP steam locomotive No. 1, "C. P. Huntington," is visible to the right of No. 4328.
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Description : This film shows Southern Pacific's efforts to keep Donner Summit open during the winter of 1951-1952. During that same winter the streamlined transcontinental passenger train City of San Francisco was stuck in a snowslide with passengers trapped aboard from January 13 to 16, 1952. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Call Number : WSF 1600/5 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be...
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Description : Black and white amateur documentary footage of Western Pacific steam locomotives and trains (1937); color footage of Western Pacific freight trains and the "California Zephyr" (1957). From the Hugh G. Martin collection. Western Pacific was one of the more major railroads operating in California, and the "California Zephyr" one of its most well-known trains. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm Call Number : WSF 200/25 Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may...
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Central Pacific Railroad local time schedule for 1873, offering train and boat service from San Francisco and Sacramento.
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Exterior view of PFE refrigerator car No. 744 (built 1906-1907 by American Car and Foundry), Class R 30 1, part of PFE's first lot of refrigerator cars. This wood-sheathed, ice-cooled car was used in express passenger service. Shippers paid a premium to assure fast delivery on a regularly scheduled passenger train.
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Loading ice into the top compartment of a refrigerator car. The reefer was basically an insulated box car with ice compartments called bunkers at both ends. Corner roof hatches permitted checking or replenishing the ice supply.
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These photographs document a company in the San Pablo Bay area of Northern California.
Topics: californiarevealed, Salt, Hercules Powder Company
Source: Photograph Album: 80 Pages of 80 (8 1/2 x 11 in.)
California State Railroad Museum Library
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Footage of the removal of Southern Pacific No. 4294 from the Sacramento Southern Pacific Depot (4th and I Street). For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
Contains moving images pertaining to a 1968 trip on a Northwestern Pacific Budd Rail Diesel Car between Willits and Eureka. Scenes include those of Scotia, Eureka, Island Valley, and various "Skunk" trains. Written on reel/container: WSF 200/26; NWP Budd Car 1968; On a kodak reel but did not see an edge code Note in container: Compania del Ferrocarril Inter-California.; [Employee timetables.]; No. 45'; No. 46; No. 47; Bulletin No. 4 May 16, 1948; SL 5/85 es; A 7 minute film of a trip...
Topics: californiarevealed, Excursions, Trains
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
Note : Due to original recording: played at 18 frames per second. Debris in camera gate visible. vertical scratces visible Contains moving images of hiking trails in Marin County. The first half of the film features a Greyhound bus arriving at Mill Valley, which is the starting point for hiking the Dipsea Trail. Includes images of the trail, hikers, activity at Stinson Beach, and Mount Tamalpais State Park. The second half of the film, features moving images of automobiles, horse riders, and a...
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Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
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Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Burnt frames are visible. Contains various moving images of Southern Pacific steam trains in action. Includes shots of San Bruno and San Martin, Santa Clara and College Park, San Mateo County Fair (1954), a Northwestern Pacific ferry boat, Southern Pacific Third and Townsend, San Francisco American Legion Parade (1954), Santa Cruz Big Trees Branch, Davis (CA), a commuter train, cab forwards, the Morning...
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Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
View looking southeast. Car Paint Shop is to left running parallel to the transfer table. The Rolling Mill is at rear center situated east to west. The American Railway Union called for a national boycott of Pullman sleeping cars June 27, 1894. Strikers took control of stations and railway yards in many California cities and greatly distrupted service. Federal troops were called up in early July to restore the flow of goods and mail. The strike ended July 20.
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Description : Snowfighting in the Sierra Nevada with action footage of snow removal equipment and cab-forward locomotives. Filmed during the winter of 1951-1952, one of the heaviest recorded snowfall seasons. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm (Kodachrome print) Collection : Railroad Film Collection Filing Location : WSF 800/15 Rights : Rights are owned by Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to the digitized work online. Transmission...
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Note : 18 FPS; Hairs in camera gate; Raw footage of Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, California Western, Northwestern Pacific steam locomotives. Also includes shots of Southern Pacific ferryboats, Southern Pacific yards, Feather River Railway, Mission Bay, Oakland Pier, Altamont, Niles Canyon, and Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
Print is dated in ink, June 13, 1928. Mount is stamped "Hagginwood Studio."
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Central Pacific Railroad business car No. 115 "Salt Lake" at the Sacramento Shops. This wood car was built as a Silver Palace sleeping car in 1869 and rebuilt in 1887 as a business car and lettered Central Pacific "Buenaventura." In 1912 the car was renamed "Salt Lake" and assigned to the Superintendent of the Salt Lake Division. It was renamed "San Joaquin" in 1929.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919
Thomas Hill's large oil painting (157-1/4 x 85-1/4 in.) of "The Driving of the Last Spike" is on display at the California State Railroad Museum. It is an imagined recreation of the ceremony held May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah, to celebrate the completion of the transcontinental railroad, when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroad tracks were joined. Hill began the painting in 1877 at the request of Leland Stanford, who later refused to pay for the commission.
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Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Consists of various scenes from Cloverdale, California in 1936. The first reel features young children walking in a row and waving to the camera, followed by an older woman. In the next scene, the children are at a playground with a swing set. Reel 2 begins with a Pat Sullivan Studio animation before it is recorded over by images of a family near a lake picnicking and relaxing. Finally, it cuts to a residential area with a cat and...
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Source: 8mm film: 2 Reels of 2
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Contains scenes taken from an excursion to Promontory Summit, Utah. The first portion features the train at Truckee, California and the festivities there. Then, the film shows the Ogden Union Station with Union Pacific's historic cars and locomotives on display. It also features the "10 Miles of Track" marker near Promontory. Following are scenes of the festivities at Promontory Summit, as well as equipment on display in Ogden, Utah including the Union Pacific steam locomotive no....
Topics: californiarevealed, Transcontinental Railroad, Trains, Excursions
Source: 8mm film: 2 Reels of 2
Note : Tramlines; 18 FPS; Hairs in camera gate; Raw footage of on board shots from a passenger train, going through the high desert. Second parts shows Southern Pacific passenger, freight and commute trains in the San Francisco Bay Area. For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
Exterior view of PFE refrigerator car No. 81, Class R 30 1, built in 1906 and 1907 by the American Car and Foundry Company. This car is among the earliest PFE wood-sheathed ice-cooled refrigerator cars. These cars were painted dark olive for express service on passenger trains.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1900-1909
End and side view of PFE ventilated refrigerator car No. 12, built in 1906 and rebuilt 1928.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1920-1929
Group portrait of Southern Pacific Railroad police, taken at Lake Tahoe in 1930.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, People, 1930-1939
Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Contains moving images taken during a railfan excursion tour of the Southern Pacific Sparks, Nevada roundhouse and shops in 1952. Includes shots of downtown Reno, Nevada, including Club Cal-Neva, Ramona's Kitchen, Roaring Camp, and several vintage automobiles. There is a close-up shot of a Southern Pacific wigwag crossing signal, and people waiting for a passenger train at the Reno depot. Passenger...
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Topics: californiarevealed, Excursions, Trains
Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Reel 1. Santa Fe Railroad display of their new Hi-Level passenger cars - ordered for the San Francisco Chief - at San Francisco Pier 43 on April 5, 1964. The movie starts at the Santa Fe terminal on 4th Street, next to the historic Keystone Hotel, showing the ticket-office window-display of advertising for the railroad’s passenger trains, and continues with a Cable Car ride to Hyde Street Pier. Movie...
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Source: 8mm film: 2 Reels of 2
Interior view of Boiler Shop looking north. Boilers and truss work are on a dirt floor. At the Boiler Shop, boilers, tanks, and even smokestacks were manufactured and repaired by shearing, rolling, flanging and riveting thick metal plate. Steamboat boilers, generally larger than those on locomotives, also were routinely manufactured. In the early days most machines were hand-operated. Pneumatic and hydraulic power later took over many of the tasks.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Exterior view of Southern Pacific passenger station at Placerville.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Exterior view of Southern Pacific Railroad station at Placerville.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Unloading lumber from Central Pacific box car 16218.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads
Poster advertising Southern Pacific Railroad's Netherlands Route. The artist is Randal William Borough. 3000 copies of this poster (SP No. A 58) were issued September 12, 1911.
Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Railroads, 1910-1919