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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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California State Railroad Museum Library
Jun 19, 2022
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Front and back of Pullman Company sign (Form 93861) posted inside a Pullman car to admonish (Please be quiet) and remind (Don't forget your belongings) passengers.
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Mar 10, 2022
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Contains moving images of a Railway & Locomotive Historical Society excursion from Oakland 16th Street Station to Reno and return. The steam locomotive used is the SP4460. The film starts out in San Francisco at the Ferry Building where the passengers were bussed across the Bay Bridge to the Oakland 16th St Station. Scenes show the train at Oakland, at the Sacramento depot, crossing the American River Bridge in Sacramento, Colfax and Reno. Some inside train scenes are shown but are very...
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Oct 19, 2021
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Note : Due to original recording: vertical scratches visible. Debris in camera gate visible. Contains moving images of the Western Pacific "California Zephyr" in operation, circa 1949. It includes shots of the Feather River Canyon from the observation dome, as well as some short shots of steam powered freight trains and a couple of depots (Oroville and Quincy Jct.). It concludes with shots of a baseball game. Written on container: WSF 200/46; Guido For additional information see...
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Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Oct 13, 2021
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The film begins after a ten second delay, as it shows multiple shots of people by a lake before cutting to a sign for Vancouver and other neon signs around the city at night. The scene then transitions to an unidentified countryside filmed from a moving train. At the four minute, fifty second mark, the video cuts out before showing a large group of people getting off of a contemporary train before getting on an older steam engine that then goes through an old logging camp. A train scrap yard is...
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Source: 8mm film: 1 Reel of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 19, 2021
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Group portrait of Western Pacific Railroad employee band. The photograph appears to have been taken in Capitol Park.
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 19, 2021
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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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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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Exterior side view of California fish distribution car No. 01. Live fish were handled on board special cars that transported them from hatchery to a new waterway.
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 19, 2021
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A Western Pacific Railroad menu for the younger traveler.
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Description : Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway passenger station at Stockton.  Photograph by Stockton "Logan" (15 South San Joaquin Street)
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 19, 2021
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View of a livestock pen adjacent to railroad tracks. Photograph taken at McConnells, near Elk Grove.
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 19, 2021
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Southern Pacific Railroad recipe booklet "Our Dining Car Recipes."
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Sep 19, 2021
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Group of Marysville citizens (Sam Neff, Jack Applegate, George Gray) with slain elk destined for the Marysville Elks Lodge. Group is posed next to a Sacramento Northern combination passenger/baggage car.
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Exterior view of Southern Pacific passenger station at Placerville.
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Exterior view of Southern Pacific Railroad station at Placerville.
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 19, 2021
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Southern Pacific locomotive 2067 (outshopped 1882; scrapped 1918)and fire train. To protect the extensive system of wood snowsheds over the Sierra, the SP developed a system for fire protection and control. Special fire trains, assigned to Sierra locations, were equipped with fire pumps to spray water on the conflagration. A lookout on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, known a Signal Peak or Red Mountain called the fire trains into action. Augmenting this arrangement were a series of...
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 19, 2021
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Western Pacific menu for California Raisin Day, features raisins in every entree.
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End view of California Fish and Game Commission fish disbrituion car 01. Live fish were transported from hatcheries on board special cars to a new waterway.
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Side view of a tank car designed to carry grape products, such as wine.
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Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1 at Bay 25, the south end of Machine Shop, Sacramento Shops. The Machine Shop bays ran from north to south. This locomotive is now on display at the California State Railroad Museum. The image dates after 1905 when the Machine Shop was extended.
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 19, 2021
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A Western Pacific breakfast menu also promotes the Golden State's favorable growing conditions for citrus fruit.
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Central Pacific Railroad steam locomotive 2617 was built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works, and placed into service in March of 1901.
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Sep 19, 2021
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Group portrait of the Western Pacific Railroad company band. The photograph appears to have been taken in Capitol Park and is stamped: Hodson photo.
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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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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 18, 2021
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Portrait of Leland Stanford. Back is stamped Bradley & Rulofson, successors to R. H. Vance, corner of Montgomery and Sacramento Streets, San Francisco. The photographers were at this address between 1863 and 1883.
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 18, 2021
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A portrait of Theodore Dehone Judah, chief engineer for the Central Pacific Railroad. Judah made several surveys of the Sierra to determine a route through rugged mountainous terrain.
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 18, 2021
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Formal portrait of Theodore Judah, chief engineer for the Central Pacific Railroad, 1862-1863. Back of photograph is stamped "D. B. Taylor, photographer, 3 Pond's Block, Greenfield, Mass."
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Sep 18, 2021
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Huntington partnered with Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins to form the Central Pacific Railroad Company on June 27, 1861. The "Big Four" made the dream of a trans-Sierra Nevada railroad a reality with the joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific rails at Promontry Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869.
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Sep 18, 2021
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Hopkins partnered with Leland Stanford, Collis Potter Huntington and Charles Crocker to form the Central Pacific Railroad Company on June 27, 1861. The Big Four made the dream of a trans-Sierra Nevada railroad a reality with the joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific rails at Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869. Mark Hopkins is buried in the Sacramento City Cemetery.
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Sep 18, 2021
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Crocker partnered with Leland Stanford, Collis Potter Huntington and Mark Hopkins to form the Central Pacific Railroad Company on June 27, 1861. The "Big Four" made the dream of a trans-Sierra Nevada railroad a reality with the joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific rails at Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869.
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Blank form to be used to record amount of rain or snow, course of wind and temperature observed daily at a station. Search Sacramento History Online for the instructions on how to make meteorological observations.
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Jun 21, 2005 Drew, Stephen
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An interview with Brian Thompson, one of the founders of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Pacific Coast Chapter. Thompson discusses the origins of the Pacific Coast Chapter in the late 1930s and its relations with other rail-fan organizations. He discusses how Gilbert Kneiss and Fred Stindt began acquiring railroad equipment that became the core of the California State Railroad Museum’s holdings. Some of the prominent rail-fans mentioned in the interview are Grahame Hardy of...
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Source: VHS: 2 Tapes of 2
California State Railroad Museum Library
Nov 2, 1997 Coburn, Harry
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An interview with Cecil Bingaman, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1950-1992. Bingaman worked at the Sacramento Shops as an Apprentice Machinist. His apprenticeship was interrupted by service in the Korean War. Upon return, he completed his apprenticeship, and then divided his time between the Machine Shop and the Erecting Shop. Bingaman worked nights for most of his employment in the Shops. Tells the story of workers in the Sacramento Shops. For additional...
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Oct 2, 1997 Moore, Clayton
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An interview with Jack Lenihan, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1937-1977. Lenihan started in the Sacramento Shops as a messenger in the Stores Department. He later worked in various positions in the Stores Department. Lenihan also worked on the Southern Pacific supply train as a storekeeper. He eventually became General Foreman of the Stores Department. For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
May 2, 1997 Coburn, Harry
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An interview with Robert Steffens, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1949-1990. Steffens worked in the Sacramento Shops as an apprentice. He later became a Carman and worked in both Car Shop 9 (Freight Cars) and Car Shop 3 (Passenger Cars) performing a variety of different jobs. For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
May 2, 1997 Coburn, Harry
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Note : High Amount of Hiss on Tape; High Background Noise on Tape An interview with Victor (Tony) Ruiz, an employee for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1943-1987. Ruiz worked in the Sacramento Shops as a Carman in Car Shop 9 (Freight Cars) and Car Shop 3 (Passenger Cars), as well as several other shops. Ruiz was a long time Union Representative and President of several unions. He was Chairman of the Shop Crafts Federation. For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: Audio cassette: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Jan 28, 1997 Coburn, Harry
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An interview with Rudy Telles, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1949-1990. Telles started work with Maintenance of Way, and was later hired as a Helper in the Sacramento Shops. He worked in the Foundry and Erecting Shop. Telles became an apprentice in the Metal Shop and became a Pipefitter. For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Jan 16, 1997 Kennedy, Lenonard
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An interview with Don S. Carrell, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1936-1979. Carrell started work in the Maintenance of Way working as a carpenter on bridges and trestles. He also worked in the Sacramento Shops as a Boilermaker's helper. He later became a Switchman and Yardmaster. Carrell ended his career as General Forman in the Sacramento Yards. For additional information see California Revealed .
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Nov 21, 1996 Kennedy, Lenonard
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An interview with William O. Brown, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1937-1967. Brown started in the Sacramento Shops as a Draftsman and rose to the position of Assistant Superintendent, Motive Power and later became Superintendent of the Mechanical Department. For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Nov 20, 1996 Clark, Bob
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An interview with Carl Blakkolb, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1937-1976. Blakkolb worked in the Sacramento Shops for five years as a molder's helper and thirty-four years as a crane operator. He worked in the Machine Shop, Unit Shop, Traction Motor Shop, Wheel Foundry, Boiler Shop, Brass Foundry, and Electrical Shop. For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Nov 15, 1996 Zaro, Don
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Note : Program Distorted at Times; High Amount of Hiss on Tape An interview with Ronald Rypinski, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1963-1968. Rypinski worked in the Sacramento Shops as a Carman in Car Shop 9 (Freight Car Shop) and Car Shop 3 (Passenger Car Shop) performing a variety of repairs to freight and passenger cars. For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: Audio cassette: 3 Tapes of 3
California State Railroad Museum Library
Nov 14, 1996 Shamburger, Mary, Ann
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An interview with Laura Walton, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1951-1978. Walton worked in the Sacramento Shops as a Clerk in the main Tool Room, the Administration Building, and the Stores Department. For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Oct 30, 1996 Denison, Richard
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An interview with Howard Shrader, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1918-1930. Shrader started in the Sacramento Shops as an Apprentice in the Machine Shop. He became a Journeyman Machinist and did extensive machine shop work on engines for the Southern Pacific ferry fleet. Shrader was laid off in 1930 due to the Great Depression. For additional information see California Revealed .
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Oct 30, 1996 Coburn, Harry
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Note : Program Distorted at Times; High Background Noise on Tape; An interview with Seth Barry, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1936-1978. Barry worked in the Sacramento Shops as a Carman and Welder in Car Shop 9 (Freight Cars) for forty-one years. He worked brief periods in other shops, but always returned to Car Shop 9. For additional information see California Revealed .
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Oct 28, 1996 Rehrer, Harvey
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Note : High Amount of Hiss on Tape An interview with John Benedetti, tells the story of workers in the Sacramento Shops. Benedetti worked for Southern Pacific from 1935-1970. Benedetti worked in the Sacramento Shops where he started as an Apprentice in the Machine Shops. He later transferred to the Car Department where he became Foreman of the Air Brake Shop. For additional information see California Revealed .
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Source: Audio cassette: 3 Tapes of 3
California State Railroad Museum Library
Oct 21, 1996 Orr, Robert
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Note : High Amount of Hiss on Tape; Right channel was recorded at a lower level An interview with Stanton Draper, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1940-1980. Draper worked in the Sacramento Shops, where he was hired as a Laborer and took Machinist's Apprentice training. Draper took advantage of Southern Pacific educational opportunities and became a Junior Draftsman. He was eventually promoted to Chief Draftsman and later became and Industrial Engineer. For...
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Oct 14, 1996 Coburn, Harry
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An interview with Albino Freitas, Jr., who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1940-1980. Freitas worked in the Sacramento Shops as a Machinist's Helper throughout his employment in the Shops. Freitas started in the Track (Frog) Shop. Later he moved to the Erecting Shop and, when diesels replaced steam engines, he became Lead Workman on the Firing Line. For additional information see California Revealed .
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Jul 1, 1996 Coburn, Harry
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Note : Video Noise Visible in Picture; An interview with Edgar J. Seil, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1960-1962. Seil was assigned to the Sacramento Shops as a result of a promotion. He was the first Supervisor of Quality Control in the entire Southern Pacific system. He worked primarily in Car Shop 3 (Passenger Cars). Later, his duties were expanded to include other shops. Seil performed several cost studies that resulted in savings to the Southern Pacific. For...
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Jun 11, 1996 Howard, John
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Note : High Amount of Hiss on Tape; An interview with Malcom Gaddis, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1956-1978. Gaddis worked in the Sacramento Shops as an Electrical Engineer, and achieved the engineering design and conversion of Southern Pacific steam powered rotary snowplows to diesel electric power. He was also involved in several conversions and upgrades of Southern Pacific diesel locomotives. For additional information see California Revealed .
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May 12, 1996 Coburn, Harry
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An interview with Marvin A. Denowitz, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1965-1969. Denowitz came to the Sacramento Shops as a Management Trainee. He worked under the supervision of the Superintendent, Mechanical Department. Denowitz was assigned to various shops to troubleshoot production and scheduling problems. For additional information see California Revealed .
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California State Railroad Museum Library
May 12, 1996 Houx, Steele
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An interview with Leroy Gabriel, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1936-1937. Gabriel startedin the Sacramento Shops as an Apprentice Carman and was assigned to Car Shop 9 (Freight Cars) and Car Shop 3 (Passenger Cars). He became a Mechanic and an Electrician, and spent most of his time in the Air Brake Shop. For additional information see California Revealed .
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California State Railroad Museum Library
Apr 2, 1996 California State Railroad Museum
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Speaker Series at the California State Railroad Museum in 1996. Karen Bartlett, a documentary filmmaker, tells the story of Mary Jane Colter, an architect for the Santa Fe Railroad and Fred Harvey Houses. Colter often used the geography of the Southwest and local Native American tribes as the inspiration of her designs. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Architecture, Women architects, Colter, Mary Elizabeth Jane, 1869-1958
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Mar 12, 1996 Sommerdorf, Marilyn
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Note : High Amount of Hiss on Tape; An interview with Dorothy Burgess, who worked for Southern Pacific in Sacramento, California from 1943-1945 during World War II. Burgess worked in the Sacramento Shops as a rivet heater, drill press operator, and sweeper in Car Shop 9 (Freight Cars). For additional information see California Revealed .
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Mar 1, 1996 California State Railroad Museum
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A Speakers Series at the California State Railroad Museum on March 13th and 26th, 1996. The first speaker is JoAnn Levy addressing the role of women in the Gold Rush era (1848-1854). Levy uses examples of Eliza Farnham and Mary Crocker to demonstrate varying views of life during the California Gold Rush. The second speaker, Dr. Jacqueline Reiner, addressed the evolution of women's work over the years, including family wage economies and factory work during World War II. Written on tape: WS...
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Speakers Series at the California State Railroad Museum in 1996. In his presentation, "Putting on the Big Hat," Dr. Willie Collins discusses the history of Red Cap Porters in Oakland, California. In the following presentation, "Holding the Fort" William Alfred Spires discusses the labor history of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, African Americans, Railroads--Employees
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
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Feb 14, 1996 California State Railroad Museum
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Speakers Series at the California State Railroad Museum in 1996. David D. Perata, author of "Those Pullman Blues: An Oral History of the African-American Railroad Attendant" addresses the discrimination and abuse that occurred to African American porters from customers and members of the Pullman Company during their service. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, African Americans, Racism, Railroads--Employees
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
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1995 California State Railroad Museum
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Note : Due to original recording: intermittent vertical shifts in the picture are visible Inaugural kickoff for Pete Wilson's second term as Governor of the State of California. Includes shots of Pete Wilson and family on the back of a railroad car moving into the California State Railroad Museum's roundhouse while a crowd cheers him on. After fanfare and music, Governor Wilson gives a speech. It concludes with more music and hand-shaking. Written on tape: Inaugural Kick-off at the Rail Road...
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California State Railroad Museum Library
May 4, 1991
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Contains scenes from the Living History Program during Railfair 1991. The first segment of the video includes scenes at the California State Railroad Museum Passenger Station, with docents dressed in 1870s period costumes. The second segment of the video takes place in the Shops building and shows a passenger car being restored. The third segment shows the events happening around the passenger station including a 50th birthday party for Southern Pacific steam locomotive no. 4449. For additional...
Topics: californiarevealed, Railroads--History, Fairs--California--20th Century
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Aug 17, 1989
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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
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Contains moving images of the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal 50th Birthday Celebration in 1989. Most film footage appears to come from LA based news affiliates. Includes footage of two locomotives in Cajon Pass, entering LA Union Station, and short interviews, along with TV reporter commentary of the event. [CSRM Library & Archives does not hold copyright to the news recordings.] Written on tape: L.A. Union Station Celebration; 8444(up)-4449(sp) For additional information see...
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Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Apr 29, 1986
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Note : Due to original recording: Static on Tape. Program Distorted at Times The Land Park Public Hearing took place on April 29, 1986 at McClatchy High School in Sacramento to address the California State Railroad Museum’s extension of Sacramento Southern Railroad’s steam train rides from Old Sacramento through the Land Park neighborhood. The proposed excursion train would follow the original Walnut Grove Line. Representatives from Land Park and the California State Railroad Museum both...
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Source: Audio cassette: 2 Tapes of 2
California State Railroad Museum Library
May 1, 1981
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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
California State Railroad Museum Library
Dec 1, 1980
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Note : Due to original recording: High Background Noise on Tape Interview with George Ehret, a former Railway Post Office clerk running out of Oakland. The interview focuses on interpretation and simulation ideas pertaining to the California State Railroad Museum's RPO Car #42. Topics include how to set up the car, where to get artifacts for inside the car, how to allow children to sort letters, how to make the car interactive, making a CSRM RPO cancellation stamp, and how to configure the...
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Source: Audio cassette: 1 Tape of 1
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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California State Railroad Museum Library
Jul 2, 1978
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Note : Due to original recording: High Amount of Hiss on Tape An interview with Dino Zarlengo, who was a steward for the Santa Fe Railway. In 1950, he began his career as a waiter in Chicago in an upscale restaurant. After an encounter with Fred Harvey, he was asked to work for Santa Fe. Zarlengo worked on the Grand Canyon Limited, the El Capitan, and the Super Chief. He recounts famous people who rode his train: Doris Day, Lily Tomlin, Bert Lancaster, Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Johnny...
Topics: californiarevealed, Restaurants, Railroads--Employees, Grand Canyon Village Historic District...
Source: Audio cassette: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Nov 9, 1977
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Note : Due to original recording: High Amount of Hum on Tape Interview of Holman Lenhart who discusses his involvement with the 1939 "Cavalcade of the Gold West" and the 1940 "Cavalcade of the Americas". Lenhart worked under Gilbert Kneiss with the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Pacific Coast Chapter. Lenhart took lots of photographs of the trains and of the Cavalcade, but his official job was Promotions Manager. Lenhart explains that many layers of paint...
Topics: californiarevealed, Fairs--California--20th Century, Trains
Source: Audio cassette: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Jun 7, 1976
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Note : Due to original recording: Program Distorted at Times; Tape Speed Gradually Increases During Program; Speed Fluctuations on Tape; High Background Noise on Tape Contains an interview with Ben Higgs, a boomer railroader. The interview covers Higgs’ history of working various jobs and hoboing in his earlier years. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Homeless Persons
Source: Audio cassette: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
May 11, 1976
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Note : Due to original recording: Program Distorted at Times; High Background Noise on Tape Interview of Austin Lambert, a retired engineer who worked for Western Pacific Railroad for 45 years. Lambert describes how he worked on steam trains and how he controlled their speed. He mentions how most men working on the railroad had nicknames, and his name was "Alkali" instead of Austin. The interview then focuses on accidents--many had to do with fires on trains and he reflects on a...
Topics: californiarevealed, Steam engines, Trains, Western Pacific Railroad Company
Source: Audio cassette: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Apr 20, 1976 Blackie, Hood River
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Note : The presence of sensitive or offensive material in this recording is not endorsed or approved by California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives recognizes and regrets the culturally sensitive nature of this material. However, as indicated by the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association, removing offensive material is, de facto, an alteration of the archival record and would constitute willfully...
Topics: californiarevealed, Railroads--Employees, Railroads--History, Rogues and vagabonds
Source: Audio cassette: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
Feb 4, 1976 Blackie, Hood River
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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...
Topics: californiarevealed, Trains, Railroads--Employees
Source: Audio cassette: 1 Tape of 1
California State Railroad Museum Library
May 1, 1969
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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
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: burnt frames visible in part 2. Contains moving images of a "Gordon Baker Lloyd's Garden Workshop Tour" on a chartered Greyhound bus with brief shots of the Keddie Resort Lodge, Plumas Eureka Stamp Mill, Manzanita Lake Lodge, Burney Falls, and Crater Lake. Written on box: Mt. Lassen to Jackson; 1. Manzanita Lodge to Budge Cliffside Lodge(?); 2. Manzanita Lodge to Reno; De Sep. 1968; 8mm; WSF 50/36; 50/37 For additional information see California...
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Topics: californiarevealed, Recreation, United States. National Park Service. Parks, Excursions
Source: 8mm film: 2 Reels of 2
California State Railroad Museum Library
May 17, 1967 Pesely, John
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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 .
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1