Correspondence: wx4org@yahoo.com mmmmmmlatest additions: 4-30-24; 5-31-24, 6-15-24, 7-3-24

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.
Interesting read for SP fans
date posted
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9-29-22


1890-01-09 Letter From Bradley Station - In 1890, a carpenter from Scotland, appropriately enough named John Scott, wrote to a friend back home about his work as a contractor for various SP projects, as well as a descripton of his travels through California We trust that you younger readers are versed in cursive script.
1933-10-10 SP Present Status Branch Line Train Service: Five page statement of current branch line local passenger / mixed service likely made to regulating authorities. - Jeff Asay

CP/SP Lists of Agencies, Stations/Officers, etc.
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PDF files as indicated =

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1877-1973 SP/ NWP: list of known Station Lists - Shasta Archives
1879 CP Stations List
- Shasta Archives
1881 CP Stations List
- Shasta Archives
1883-07-01 CP Stations List
- Shasta Archives
1884-02-01 C.P. and Leased Lines - List of Officers, Stations, Agents
xxxxlink to at Sacramento History Online
1885-10-01 SP Pacific System Stations List
- Shasta Archives
1899 Southern Pacific System List of Officers, Agencies and Stations
xxxxlink to at Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
1893-01-01 SP Pacific & Atlantic Systems Stations List
- Shasta Archives
1902-11-00 Southern Pacific, Pacific System and Oregon Lines - List of
xxxxAgencies, Stations
- from Sunset Magazine p172-76 (Google Books)
1967-10-01 Southern Pacific Company and Affiliated Companies - List of
xxxxAgencies, Stations, Etc. - SP system, incl. RR subsidiaries; 200 pgs.


1970-03-01 SP Directory of Forest Products Industries & Short Line
xxxConnections north of Klamath Falls and Siskiyou

5-2023 1861-1914 SP-CP List of Officers extract from Google


Equipment, SP & other railroads
date posted
PDF files as indicated =
Passenger Equipment
2-22-23
Master Car-Builders' Dictionaries
2-22-23 PacificNG.org has collected links to several editions at Google Books
Operator / Service Manuals

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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
1965-01 EMD Model 567D3A Engine Maintenance Manual, 204 pgs.
xxcourtesy Todd Minsk
ca1972 EMD GP38-2 Service Manual, 366 pages - courtesy Todd Minsk
1972-04 EMD SD40-2 Service Manual, 400 pages - courtesy Todd Minsk
1978-08 GE Series 7 Service Manual, 328 pages - courtesy Todd Minsk

Blueprints / Drawings



6-22-21
Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive Blueprints - large collection rescued by
mmmBayshore-Machinist Fred Boland, courtesy of son, Fred
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!
Rosters


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6-15-24

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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
1989-05-30 "correct" location of fire cars on SP's Oregon Division - Shasta Div. Archives
Southern Pacific Snow Service, 1994 Guide - includes snow equipt. roster - Now Available as PDF:
see SP Snow Service page
Miscellaneous
5-31-24 Diesel, The Modern Power - 1944 GM booklet about the wonders of newfound
mmmDiesel propulsion
SP Assorted Paperwork
Snow
7-3-24 SP "Snow Service" instructions and rosters; NEW 7-3-24: 1899-1907 drawings of snow sheds - see SP Snow Service page
------------------------SP Locomotive Ratings (from employee timetables)

Coast Div. 1910
Coast Div. 1923
Western Div. 1937
Western Div., Niles Sub, 1947

See also: Maps & Timetables Pages: Most old SP employee timetable Special Instructions show locomotive ratings


6-22-21
How to Operate an SP Steam Locomotive Booster, 1946
- courtesy Charles Peartree


9-29-22
Operating crews "paperwork", courtesy of Charles Peartree: Railroad organizations are based upon a military model. What this essentially means is that the Navy operates on the sea, while railroads once operated on a sea of paperwork. For operating crews this meant that, beyond picking up train orders and wheel reports, there typically was a wad of other paperwork to digest - messages, bulletins, and what have you. This seven page PDF gives us an assorted hint of what crews of the 1940's faced.
SP, tracking car movements
3-14-23

Tracking manifest freight
1902-06-01 SP Insrtuctions Governing Movement of Manifest Freight
xxxSunset and Star (Ogden) routes
9-29-22
9-29-22
6-22-21
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 perforated edge sheet form wrapped around a set of IBM punch cards - one card for each car - generated by TOPS. 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

Miscellany
-Rules for loading freight cars
5-10-19
6-22-21
5-10-19
1896-10-01 Louisville & Nashville
1917 Master Car Builders loading rules
1960-02-01 Association of American Railroads
Technical




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7-26-19
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
Other
A Circular of the Times, I - The passing of the 40 ft. boxcar

Way-Out-There Other
5-23-23
5-23-23
6-22-21
Helixtram revised page, with a new full PDF. Read
this transformative document and then contact your local planning commission.
Patent: The Friedman System of Train Manipulation, 1902 - rumored as
xxxbeing adopted by California High Speed Rail
Patent: Lee's Cab Forward Loco, 1912
- Stephenson's Rocket meets SP


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

Accidents





6-22-21
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.
Other
9-29-22
6-22-21
5-23
6-22-21
1916 Southern Pacific Annual Report ; accompanying large map
1912 West Jersey & Seashore Annual Report


-- 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.
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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. - Wx4
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

1936-09-01 Chicago Great Western system PTT
- Wx4
1948-09-05 Chicago Great Western system PTT
- WX4
1924-06-22 CGW Western Div. #32 ETT - Tim Zukas
1928-01-29 CGW Eastern Div. #37 ETT - Tim Zukas

Book of Rules, 1923-05-01 - from Google Books





Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive Blueprints


Odds & Ends
date posted
PDF files as indicated =

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5-23-23

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
by
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
1901 Northern Pacific highbrow "The History of a Trademark" traces the its monad logo "back to more than 3,000 years before the Christ child was cradled in the manger at Bethlehem".
1897-1902 Wonderland series, a significantly reduced-in-file-size copy of the full Google

Historical list of railroads by the Railroad Retirement Board



Advertising
date posted
PDF files as indicated =
SP in Newspapers & Magazines

4-30-24

4-30-24

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"
1965 SP "Vanishing American", Sunset Magazine - one of SP's more
xxxxnotorous ads - courtesy Seabass
1968-06-00 SP Automatic Buffet ["Automat"] Car menu

Brochures & Pamphlets
others are located on Maps & Timetables Page 1, Page 3, Page 5 and Page 8
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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
1903 SP The San Joaquin Valley, 50 page brochure (p17-18missing) of brief
xxxtown descriptions
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,
mmmbooklet
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!

1939 SP San Francisco World's Fair brochure

1939-07-00 SP Evangaline Country (Louisiana) brochure

1948-11-00 SP News Service Catalog distributed by on board News Agents

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

1957-03 SP "Operation Fill, A guide for "sidewalk superintendents" on the Salt
xxxLake Fill
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 =

12-27-19

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



SP Passenger Train Docs
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PDF files as indicated =

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9-18-21

1914-06-10 SP pamphlet arguing for East Bay suburban fare increase
mmm
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.
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The following three docs come from Wx4 friend Englewood, who ran across them buried within the far reaches of Google:

Imperial
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




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