Wx4 Southern Pacific Pages
New Items
Geographic Locations, incl. NWP, P&SR
Timetables (listings on separate page)
Train Orders, DTC
SP Railroaders' Pages
War Stories
SP steam loco appliances drawings (120 +-)

Passenger Trains & Equipment
Freight & M/W
Miscellaneous Photos

Tickets & Other Paper
Selected Readings on Bay Area SP

mGeographic Locations

See also:

San Jose & Santa Clara Valley

San Francisco

San Francisco Peninsula

Castroville Depot, 1974

Monterey Branch (part of Del Monte series)

1922 "American Canyon Route" Through and Local Passenger Timetables, from East Bay to Salt Lake City, including all branches, SP n.g. & short lines; maps - printable PDF

Niles Tower & Environs; two pages

Altamont Pass, 4-6-6-2's

Roseville Yard & RH, 1910 photo

West (Sacramento) Valley Line

Donner Pass

SP Northwest (N.CA & OR)

Canby Oregon, 1974

Nevada, Carlin & Wells

Ogden,1969 (part of Mail & Express series)

Carrizozo Sub
Jawbone Dispatching Comes to Tucumcari; many pages!

Santa Rosa, N.M. (part of the above)

Northwestern Pacific / Petaluma & Santa Rosa


For other maps not listed here that are within a page; see "Geographic Locations".

San Jose Area Maps

1960's, 70's SPINS ( Southern Pacific Industrial Numbering System) Book maps, San Francisco
-----to San Jose - printable PDF's

1940's, 50's Coast Division "Clear Standing Room" Yard Maps: SLO, Watsonville, San Jose-Santa

1883 Map of Summer & Winter Resorts and Other Places Upon and Near The Central & Southern Pacific Railroads in California; from TOURISTS' ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE CELEBRATED SUMMERS WINTER RESORTS OF CALIFORNIA ADJACENT TO AND UPON THE LINES OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROADS; Charles Crocker & Co.; includes some stage routes; 2348x 3580 px.

June 1899 Coast Div., large map on last page of 7.1mb public timetable PDF

1904 San Francisco Peninsula to Santa Cruz Suburban public tt. printable PDF

1907 Coast Line & "Missions of California" from April public tt.

1908 Central, Northern California, from November public tt.

1913 color San Francisco Bay Map at cprr.org; COOL!

1915 California Board of Trade

1956 San Francisco USGS Topo Map

Sanborn Company maps

Monterey Branch profile from October 30, 1983 Western Division Timetable #25; after branch
----cut back to Seaside

Niles Tower & Vicinity, 1970; main tracks; a Wx4 original!

Niles Subdivision, 1937

Southern California, AZ, NM, SPdeM 1915(?); see page 9 of Public Local Timetables pdf

Carrizozo Subdivision, 1982

Northwestern Pacific / Petaluma & Santa Rosa

mTrain Orders, DTC & Movement of Trains

Steam's Last Summer at Niles Tower

Last SP Standard Gauge Steam Revenue Freight Train, 12-30-57

Note: a more extensive index of the following can be found HERE.

A Circular of the Times I: The passing of the 40 ft. boxcar

A Circular of the Times II: Roseville Herder Jobs Abolished

mSP (& some Amtrak) War Stories

Commute GP9 3187 - "A Swing and a Miss: musings about Caltrain's 1982 paint scheme, Governor Medfly & B.F. Biaggini"

The Last Steam-Powered Peninsula Commute (you say 1957? Wrong!)

E.O. a 'Bo? Oh No! a nostalgic, but uncomfortable, last trip to Ashland

Braking in a Topsy-Turvey World


The Leaning Tower of Newhall

A Switchman's Swan Song

A Short Tale

The Most Absolute of Absolute Signals

Close Call at College Park Yard

A Close Call at Wilmington

How I Came to Embrace Direct Traffic Control

How to Get By A Red Automatic Interlocking Signal Using Rule 663bs

A Puzzling Day at Bayshore, featuring totally unreliable info from a switchman

Lettuce Make the Best of It! GP40X's and Farm-Fresh Produce Delivery [10-2013: photo link now fixed]

Take a Ride on Southern Pacific's OALAC! [Oak-SJ leg,1980]


(see also: Geographic Locations, Above)

New 7-20-18 SP Steam locomotive rosters for 1935 and 1942

Commute engines used in freight & through passenger service, month of September, 1963

mmmmmmmmmmtestimony before CA PUC by SP for Commute fares incresse

SP "Motor" #03 in...1946 - SP supposedly retired all of its gas-electrics by 1945, so what was Motor #03 doing running around Central California in 1946, and indeed, WHAT was Motor #03?

Commute GP9 3187 - "A Swing and a Miss: musings about Caltrain's 1982 paint scheme, Governor Medfly & B.F. Biaggini"

Steam Locomotive Blueprints - rescued by Bayshore Machinist Fred Boland - about 120!

Southern Pacific's Early Remote Control Locomotive Tests, 1961-65

F7A #6436 in 1968-69

FP7 #6462, system unique

E7A #6003, the last one, 1968

E9A #6051 at Dunsmuir, 1990's, North Bank Fred photo

GP35 #6666, The Devil's Own

GP40X - photos & related stories

Re Railing the 3029

Krauts & Alcohaulics

SP Train # 308 w/ Engine #1714 at Willows, California, 1910-11: Online archaeological investigation determines the "where and when" of a classic old photo of the Hamilton City mixed, it turns out

4-6-6-2's on Altamont Pass

The "roundhouse corollary" of the third law of thermodynamics: SP mountain 4315 takes a nosedive

4449 and the Freedom Train

Locomotive Ratings

Alien Visitors to San Jose

Final SP Peninsula Commute Fleet Roster - 1980

The Last Steam-Powered Peninsula Commute (you say 1957? Wrong!)

Last SP Standard Gauge Steam Revenue Freight Train, 12-30-57

SP locos in manufacturer's ads

steam blueprint rescued by Fred Boland

(click on above for a larger image)

mPassenger Trains & Equipment

mFreight & M/W

Market Street Cable Railway / Park and Ocean Railroad (1889 SP timetable)

Santa Clara & San Jose Electric Ry., 1904 Sunset Magazine Ad

Overland Limited 1915 color

SP Morgan Hill 1901 "Colonist" tickets promotion

1937 Coast Daylight, Saturday Evening Post, color

1944 Coast Daylight from the Saturday Evening Post, a color beauty!

1951 Golden State, color

1951 City of SF, color

1951 Sunset Limited, color

1954 Coast Daylight, b&w

1954 City of SF, with 'populated' "SP"

mTickets & Misc. Paper

Southern Pacific, Caltrans & Caltrain
Tickets from the 1980's

Del Monte Ticket, April 25, 1971

City of San Francisco Tickets, July 3, 1969

mSelected Readings About SP in the San Francisco Bay Area
Southern Pacific's Coast Line (1994), Southern Pacific's Coast Line Pictorial (1999) and Southern Pacific's Western Division (2003), by dedicated SP historian and man-of-many-talents John R. Signor (Signature Press, pub.); much info on Wx4 is gleaned from his writings. All are in print.

Southern Pacific Bay Area Steam, by Harre W. Demorrow (Chatham Publishing, 1979,
out of print); a fine picture bookwith many early photos, including ferries and NWP.

Prune Country Railroading, by ex WP Engineer Norman W. Holmes (Shade Tree Books, 1985, out of
print); Wx4 depends heavily upon this excellent resource on all Santa Clara Valley railroads (excluding electric).

Tracks, Tires and Wires, by Charles S. McCaleb (Inreurban Press, 1981, out of print); a thorough
history of SP's Peninsular Railways interurbans in the Santa Clara Valley, plus local streetcars and
bus lines. His earlier The San Jose Railroads Centennial 1868-1968 (Local History Studies,
Foothill Jr, College District, 1968) is a very rare spiral-bound booklet covering the same topic.

When Steam Ran in the Streets of San Francisco, by Walter Rice & Emiliano Echeverria
(pub. 2002 by Harold E. Cox, 80 Virginia Terrace, Forty Fort PA 18704, in print?); a fascinating,
absolute-must-have, sleeper of a book that covers the Ocean View Line, amongst many others.

Peninsula Service, by Fred A. Stindt (The Wesstern Railroader, Issue No. 213, July 1957;
reprinted 1967? out of print) The standard reference for vintage SP commute service info.

History of the San Francisco & San Jose Railroad, by Loius Richard Miller (MA Thesis, San Mateo
Jr.College, June 1941) So far, still the definitive work on the SF&SJ. Click title for online link.