Correspondence: mmmmmmlast update 9/18/21

This section is a catch-basin for railroad-related documents that do not fall into the other categories listed at far right. Some are stand-alone, while others are contained within various Wx4 pages.
Wx4 Card Catalogue (main index)

Other Railway Documents on Wx4:

Historical Maps & Timetables Index Page

Railroad & Industry Rules

Southern Pacific right-of
--- way & structure drawings

For your convenience Listings new in 2020 have their posting dates in red.
Southern Pacific Lists of Agencies, Stations, etc.
date posted
PDF files as indicated =


1967-10-01 Southern Pacific Company and Affiliated Companies - List of
xxxxAgencies, Stations, Etc. - entire SP System, including all RR
xxxx subsidiaries; 200 pages
1899 Southern Pacific System List of Officers, Agencies and Stations
xxxxlink to PDF at Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum

Equipment, various railroads
date posted
PDF files as indicated =
Operators' Manuals



1914-01-01 Portland, Eugene & Eastern Ry. Co. Rules & Regulations
xxxxan especially thorough, 177 page operators' manual for the predecessor
xxxxto SP's Portland electric "Red Cars"
Instructions to Engineers on Gas-Electric Rail Motor Cars
(SP manual)
---particulars of 1930 Pullman / Electromotive cars #SP3 - #SP6
1949 EMD On the Road Trouble-Shooting
1961-06 ALCO RS-32 & RSD-33 the RSD-33 never was produced, but the
---10 SP RS-32's were a staple of Central CA locals in the 60's & 70's

Equipment Blueprints and Drawings

Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive Blueprints - large collection rescued by
mmmBayshore-Machinist Fred Boland, courtesy of son, Fred Boland
SP #150 Sunset Plans - chairman of the board's private car
1941 Southern Pacific Lines Diagrams of Tenders; 80 pages

mmmHaving trouble sorting out a 98-SC-5 from a 98-SC-6? No more!


SP Steam Rosters, 1935 and 1942 - part of Fred Boland's Blueprints
Final SP Peninsula Commute Fleet Roster - 1980
August 8, 1912 Rock Island steam locomotive roster - company-generated
mmmtypewritten document
------------------------SP Locomotive Ratings (from employee timetables)
How to Operate an SP Steam Locomotive Booster, 1946
- courtesy Charles Peartree

Consists; Waybills
1976-04-12 SP train OAWCY conductor's paperwork - When SP began using computers to generate train paperwork, conductors received a consist printout on a dot matrix printed, continuous sheet form wrapped around a set of IBM punch cards, one card for each car. I found the example here in a caboose tool bin, about two years after the fact. What it was doing there, I could not fathom - EO
-Rules for loading freight cars
1896-10-01 Louisville & Nashville
1917 Master Car Builders loading rules
1960-02-01 Association of American Railroads


Results of Comparative Demonstration for Determining the Distinctive
Features of Standard and Improved Air Brake Equipment for Freight and
Passenger Cars
Conducted Jointly by Southern Pacific Company, Pacific
---System, and the Westinghouse Air Brake Co (1908) - Google Books link
Service Test of Cross Ties
This obscure report is dated ~ January, 1916 by the only reference to it on the Internet.
Southern Pacific's Early Remote Control Locomotive Tests - 1960-70's
Bay Area Rapid Transit simulator training
ca.1938 Southern Pacific Train Primer, A Little Book About Our Locomotives mmmand What the Signs and Signals Mean
A Circular of the Times, I - The passing of the 40 ft. boxcar

Way-Out-There Other
Helixtram revised page, with a new full PDF of this transformative document

Professional Concerns
date posted
PDF files as indicated =
SP system & other West Coast RR Employees
Rosters & Time Books - (page) seniority rosters and time-keeping books


What Causes Railway Accidents 1905 claptrap mostly blaming
---employees & passengers
Railroad Accidents, Their Cause and Prevention
1906 - a more even-handed-look, ironically published by the Association of Railway Claims Agents.
Handling Collisions & Derailments Involving Explosives, Gasoline and Other Dangerous Articles- 1949-04-00, AAR Bureau of Explosives
Loan Sharks
6-22-21 1912 Illinois Central / Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Loan Sharks, Legal Protection Against Them - Back when railroad companies were still duking it out with unions over primacy in the affections of "the men" (something that they would eventually lose, hands down), these two affiliated railroads maintained an Educational Bureau that put out "Informational Pamphlets" on a large variety of mostly work-related subjects. Loan Sharks was a real odd man out; a quite enlightened effort for the times.
1912 West Jersey & Seashore Annual Report

SP Passenger Train Docs
date posted
PDF files as indicated =






1914-06-10 SP pamphlet arguing for East Bay suburban fare increase
When SP finished construction of its ambitious East S.F. Bay
mmmsuburban electrification project, the new trains lost money, hence, a
mmmlosing battle over fares with Gov. Hiram Johnson and his crowd.
The following three docs come from Wx4 friend Englewood, who ran across them buried within the far reaches of Google:

1965-01-26 ICC Finance Docket No. 23272
order to continue op
xxxof SP #39-40 for one year ( TOFC traffic on train began 1964-08-31)
1966-01-24 ICC Finance Docket No. 23800
ICC allows discontinuance
xxxof SP #39-40 between Phoenix & Tucumcari

Passenger, ex Klamath
1965-03-26 ICC Finance Docket 23383
ICC allows discontinuance of
xxxSP #19-20 betwen Portland and Oakland

ca. 9-1962 Why Southern Pacific finds it necessary to discontinue The Del Monte: a tale of woe in pamphlet form

-- Chicago Great Western, assorted docs
date posted
Wx4 friend Ryan Heath has kindly forwarded these scans of company documents, some of which date back to the early years of the 20th Century. These are very representative of the types found on large railroads.


1889-09-01 General Rules & Regulations, Chicago St. Paul & Kansas City
xxxx Railway - Although the Standard Code was then becoming popular,
xxxx this Chicago Great Western predecessor elected to go its own way
xxxx with this book.
Application for employment, page 1
Application for employment, page 2
Bad Order tag
Carmen's "Car [inspection] Certificate"
"This Car Contains Charcoal Heater" warning
Conductor's Register Ticket for movement with train orders
Form 31 blank train order
"Card Bill for Movement of Empty Cars"
Letterhead, Office of General Storekeeper, Corn Belt herald
Letterhead, Patrick H. Joyce and Luther M. Walter, Trustees
Notepad with Lucky Strike herald
Waybill, early
Waybill, late
United States Railroad Administration / CGW envelope
"Eggs, Handle with Care" placard

Chicago Great Western 1936-09-01 system PTT
- Wx4
Chicago Great Western 1948-09-05 public timetable
- WX4

Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive Blueprints

Odds & Ends
date posted
PDF files as indicated =




1933 The Royal Scott...Visit to the North American Continent and the
xxxxCentury of Progress Exhibition... appears to be a re-purposed
xxxxstandard advertising booklet with only a cover change
1947 Quiz on Railroads and Railroading, 450 Questions and Answers
mmm the Association of American Railroads - an 84 page gold mine of
mmmdata about railroading of the time and previous - contributed by a
mmmfriend of Wx4
The Day of Two Moons - description of the U.S. / Canadian adoption of
xxxxStandard Time on Nov. 18, 1883 - AT&SF ca.1952 pamphlet version
xxxxof the original published by the AAR

date posted
PDF files as indicated =
Newspapers & Magazines

SP locos in manufacturers' ads

Past Less Traveled advertising section (page bottom)
1903 Golden State, Cosmopolitan, three color
1924 Ralston Steel Car Company, stock & gondola cars
Monterey Branch Timetables, Maps Ads
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"

Brochures & Pamphlets
others are located on Maps & Timetables Page 1, Page 3, Page 5 and Page 8






1897-98 A Winter in California 47 page advertising booklet ; for high-end
mmmBoston clients; several excursions via SP and/or AT&SF; Hawaii option
1915 Official Miniature View Book, Panama Pacific Int'l. Exposition

1915 UP California and the Expositions, Yellowstone Nat'l. Park

1916 Along the Columbia - beautiful SP&S oversize booklet about Astoria -
xxxxFt. Stevens - Seaside lines
1917 CWR&N "Through the Redwoods, Camping Hunting Fishing" brochure

1920 SP Geat Salt Lake Cut-off brochure

1923-02-26 Wayside Notes Along the Shasta Route

1923-03-21 SP Outing Resorts in California and Southern Oregon,
1927-06-15 Wayside Notes, Overland Route, Lake Tahoe Line
1929ca Mauch Chunk Switchback Ry brochure: "Oldest Railroad in America"
1936-02-02 Pacific Electric Mt. Lowe promo brochure w/ public TT
1936 Trans-Siberian Express brochure from Intourist, plus 1951 East German
xxxRailways timetable from the CIA, includes Wx4 commentary.
1936-12-28 SP Meet the Californian - new economy train

1938-02-15 SP Californian brochure

1938, circa Southern Pacific Train Primer - a railfan's delight!

1949 The Railroad Hour - ABC (later NBC) radio program brochure

1950, circa SP / Nde M Side Trips to Mexico City brochure

1952-04 SP Golden State brochure - some Madison Ave. guy old SP the bill
xxxxof goods on this one: awful graphics
1955, circa Ferry Riders sightseeing pamphlet - SP PR department

1958-04-27 Your San Joaquin Daylight Trip - SP PR department

SP's Commute Centennial, 1864-1964 - SP PR department

Yellowstone Park RR ads, brochures (page)
1970, ca Chihuahua Pacific Copper Canyon brochure in English, featuring
xxxxFiat? railcars

Advertising with Wx4 Commentary
1950's Now! Railroading by Radar + Wx4 commentary
Silly Johnny is Dead!, 2 pages of RR ads and Wx4 commentary: cynical
xxxxhumor not recommended for non-railroaders
Romance of the Rails (page)
Milwaukee Road Xmas Vignette

SP Tickets, Fares
date posted
PDF files as indicated =

Dining Car Menus
date posted
PDF files as indicated =


1938 SP dinner menu for Santa Clara (CA) Broncos football team
mmmexcursion to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, Buck Shaw on cover;
mmmteam photo; they beat Tulane 6-0.
1959 SP Nikita Kruschev special train
- lunch menu
1960-09-07 Kennedy - SP campaign train menu
Lancaster & Chester 1953 dining menu: very un-PC in today's terms