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Western Pacific Railroad Company records

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1902-1984
Creator
Western Pacific Railroad
Collection Number
MS 43
  3 documents  
Date
1902-1984
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
1900 linear feet
Creator
Western Pacific Railroad
Abstract
Business records of the Western Pacific Railroad.
Scope and Content
Material in the Western Pacific Railroad Company Collection is arranged by record groups which are designated by the name of the department or office that generated the records. Information about the organizational structure of the Western Pacific comes from various by-laws and corporate organization charts. To date these RECORD GROUPS are: 1. OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 2. OFFICE OF THE TREASURER 3. LAND DEPARTMENT 4. PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT 5. ENGINEERING, BRIDGES & ROADWAY DEPARTMENT 6. TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT 7. MECHANICAL DEPARTMENT 8. AUTHORITIES FOR EXPENDITURE 9. TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT 10. OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY 11. MARKETING DEPARTMENT 12. LEGAL DEPARTMENT (not all of the files listed in the attached index to the Legal Files are in this collection. Many are missing) • As additional material is acquired and processed, new record groups will be added. •Related collections include MS 17 Gilbert Harold Kneiss Collection and MS 31 Louis Lorenz Stein, Jr. Collection. For additional information about Western Pacific subsidiaries, search the Archives and Manuscripts catalog by corporate name.
History / Biographical
The Western Pacific Railway Company was in operation from 1903 (incorporated June 6, 1903) until it was reorganized and renamed the Western Pacific Railroad Company on June 6, 1916. WP lands stretched from from the San Francisco Bay through California and Nevada to Salt Lake City, Utah, and north-south from the Feather River Canyon to near the Oregon line. THus WP provided freight shippers in California and the Northwest an alternative to Southern Pacific Railroad Company, and provided travelers with comfortable and picturesque passenger trains, including the "California Zephyr." At the peak of its operation, Western Pacific Railroad Company and its subsidiaries had 1,266 miles of mainline track, 237 miles of secondary mainline and 216 miles of branch line. It provided employment for thousands. Western Pacific Railroad also actively encouraged industrial development in cities along its route, and was indirectly responsible for the city of Oakland regaining control of its waterfront from the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in 1905. CORPORATE HISTORY In the 1860s, a young Scottish surveyor, Arthur W. Keddie, dreamed of a transcontinental rail route across the California Sierras. With the help of San Francisco lawyer Walter J. Bartnett, and behind-the-scenes assistance from financier George J. Gould, Keddie was able to realize that dream decades later. The Western Pacific Railway Company was organized in San Francisco on March 3, 1903 and was incorporated on March 6, 1903, with Walter J. Bartnett as its first president. In 1905, George Gould appointed Edward T. Jeffery (then President of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad) president of the Western Pacific Railway. Construction on a line between San Francisco and Salt Lake City began in the fall of 1905. Despite a court challenge by Southern Pacific to prevent construction, Western Pacific workers successfully erected a waterfront terminal at Oakland. On November 1, 1909, after a series of delays and cost overruns, the last spike was driven on the Spanish Creek bridge in the Feather River Canyon. This new line, known as the Feather River Canyon Route, was 924 miles long and included 41 steel bridges and 44 tunnels. It was significant because it was competitive with the Southern Pacific Overland Route, the original transcontinental route. It crossed the Sierra at 5,000 feet, a lower elevation than the Southern Pacific line’s 7,200 ft. elevation, and thus faced fewer problems with the weather. The Western Pacific grade, at 1%, and a 10% curvature, made navigation on this line easier than Southern Pacific’s. Through freight service on the Feather Canyon Route began on December 1, 1909 and passenger service commenced in August of 1910. Construction costs for the Feather River route were much higher than anticipated, and acute financial problems led to the bankruptcy and subsequent auction of the Western Pacific Railway Company on June 28, 1916. It was reorganized and renamed the Western Pacific Railroad Company. Shortly thereafter, in March 1917, the company acquired a 75% interest in the Tidewater Southern, which ran from Stockton to Turlock, California. During the 1920s the Western Pacific acquired additional lines and added new branches. For example, the San Jose Branch was completed in 1922. In 1923, Western Pacific entered into a contract with Pacific Fruit Express, jointly owned by Southern Pacific and Union Pacific to supply refrigerator cars to WP customers. During World War I, the federal government created the United States Railroad Administration which took control of all U.S. railroads operating in the United States. After being placed back into private hands in March 1920, the government awarded Western Pacific nine million dollars for damage caused to the railroad while under federal control. Western Pacific used this money to buy the Sacramento Northern Railroad (July 8, 1925) which ran between Sacramento and Chico. Western Pacific acquired the San Francisco-Sacramento Railroad at the end of 1928, merging it with the Sacramento Northern to form a continuous electric interurban railway from San Francisco to Oakland to Chico. In 1926, railroad financier Arthur Curtiss James acquired controlling interest in Western Pacific. He began renovating Western Pacific property and facilities. He authorized construction of a north-south line, from Keddie to Bieber, allowing Western Pacific to connect with the Great Northern Railroad at Bieber and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway at Stockton. This through route from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California competed with a similar Southern Pacific route. On November 10, 1931, at Bieber, Arthur Curtiss James drove the final spike of what was came to be called the “Inside Gateway” or the Northern California Extension. Western Pacific experienced more financial problems during the Depression, defaulting on its bond interest in March 1935. After a second reorganization, Western Pacific Railroad emerged from receivership (December 29, 1944). During World War II, both passenger and freight traffic increased substantially. Passenger traffic on Western Pacific Railroad received a boost when the "California Zephyr" was launched on March 20, 1949. A joint effort with Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, and Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, the luxurious "California Zephyr" provided passengers with exemplary service and the beautiful scenery of the Feather River Canyon. In July 1949, Western Pacific Railroad Frederic B. Whitman became President. Although WP had purchased a few freight diesel locomotivse during World War II, it was not until 1949 that real progress was made in modernizing its motive power. By 1953 full dieselization had been attained. A freight car program aimed to increase car ownership with emphasis on special equipment and the upgrade of existing cars. A major bridge and tunnel improvements project was initiated as well. During the 1950s, Western Pacific began to acquire more land, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. A finance company, Delta Finance, was created to fund Western Pacific Railroad land purchases. A holding company, Standard Realty & Development Company, was established to deal with real estate transactions and encourage development. The WP purchased land along its lines and developed it for industrial tenants. A major success was the Ford Motor Company to locate its assembly plant at the yard in Milpitas in 1954. Competition with the trucking industry, which brought about a decline in revenue among all railroads, led to changes in the way railroads did business. Western Pacific responded by implementing a new marketing concept. Instead of allowing the operating department to determine when to run trains, they began listening to the shippers and tailoring freight schedules and equipment to customer demands. In addition, Western Pacific was a leader in the development of special purpose freight cars such as gondolas with cradles for steel coils, Compartmentizer Cars, new Car-Pac cars, and a new design of wood chip cars. Piggyback service was another response to the challenge presented by the trucking industry. Western Pacific began hauling trailers on flat cars (TOFC) in 1954. In 1967, Western Pacific Railroad ended its contract with Pacific Fruit Express and became a member-owner of the Fruit Growers Express Company, which provided refrigerator cars and piggyback equipment to its WP freight customers. In the late 1960s, Western Pacific experienced financial difficulty because weather related damages to the Feather River Canyon route disrupted service. Wages and prices increased substantially. At the same time, Western Pacific Railroad’s revenues from passenger service declined primarily due to the large inroads made by automobile and air travel. At its peak, revenue from passenger service represented only 4% of revenue. Once the "California Zephyr" began to lose money, Western Pacific applied to the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), asking for permission to cease its passenger service. This permission was not immediately granted. Finally, on March 22, 1970, with ICC approval, Western Pacific passenger service ended, when the "California Zephyr" made its last westbound run into Oakland. New management arrived in December 1970. Western Pacific Railroad President Alfred E. Perlman reversed the financial picture and Western Pacific was again profitable by 1971. Western Pacific Industries, Inc. was established as a holding company for Western Pacific Railroad and other operations. President Perlman and his successor, Robert G. Flannery, worked to improve marketing, operations, service and car supply and diversified Western Pacific holdings. In 1973, Western Pacific created its own transportation company, Western Pacific Transport Company (which was renamed WPX Freight System in 1980) to increase service to shippers by providing door-to-door delivery. In 1974, in an effort to further diversify its holdings, WP Industries acquired Veeder-Root Industries, a group of companies which manufactured such things as fasteners, components, plastics, counting and recording devices. WPX and Veeder-Industries were consistently profitable for WP Industries. A new holding company, Newrail, was formed on February 13, 1978 and Western Pacific Railroad’s assets were sold to it on January 26, 1979. Western Pacific Railroad continued to operate as before. On January 21, 1980, Western Pacific and Union Pacific announced that they would be pursuing a merger. Western Pacific Railroad President Robert Flannery blamed “galloping fuel price increases, jumps in the cost of materials and contract wage costs, and increases in interest rates.” (Western Pacific Railroad Annual Report, 1979) In mid-October 1982, the Interstate Commerce Commission approved the merger, (which also included Missouri Pacific) and the Western Pacific Railroad Company ceased to exist as a corporate entity.
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Source Record ID
MS 43
Collection Number
MS 43
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Providence and Worcester Railroad freight receipts

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1862-1863
Creator
Providence and Worcester Railroad
Collection Number
MS 293
  1 document  
Date
1862-1863
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
1 folder
Creator
Providence and Worcester Railroad
Abstract
Freight receipts.
Scope and Content
Freight receipts.
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Source Record ID
MS 293
Collection Number
MS 293
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Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad collection

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1914-1937
Creator
Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad
Collection Number
MS 329
  1 document  
Date
1914-1937
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
6 folders
Creator
Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad
Abstract
Miscellaneous Tonopah and Goldfield records include correspondence, a check, delivery receipts, a locomotive inspection report, maps, and a Baldwin Locomotive Works proposal.
Scope and Content
Miscellaneous Tonopah and Goldfield records include correspondence, a check, delivery receipts, a locomotive inspection report, maps, and a Baldwin Locomotive Works proposal.
History / Biographical
The Tonopah & Goldfield Railroad was created November 1, 1905, as a merger of the Tonopah Railroad and the Goldfield Railroad. The line carried passengers and freight in the mining areas of southern Nevada between Mina and Goldfield. The railroad ceased operation in 1947. For more information see David F. Myrick, Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California, Volume 1: The Northern Roads (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1992).
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Source Record ID
MS 329
Collection Number
MS 329
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John S. Thostesen Family papers

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1916-1986
Creator
Thostesen, John S.
Collection Number
MS 470
  1 document  
Date
1916-1986
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
One half box + 1 oversized folder
Creator
Thostesen, John S.
Abstract
Papers collected by John S. Thostesen while he worked as an engineer for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad and those of his wife, Marie. Material includes dues receipts from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Enginemen, and Veteran's Association of the Burlington Lines membership cards. Marie Thostesen's papers include membership cards from the Veterans' Association Ladies' Auxiliary and passes to travel on the railroad.
Scope and Content
Papers collected by John S. Thostesen while he worked as an engineer for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad and those of his wife, Marie. Material includes dues receipts from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Enginemen, and Veteran's Association of the Burlington Lines membership cards. Marie Thostesen's papers include membership cards from the Veterans' Association Ladies' Auxiliary and passes to travel on the railroad.
History / Biographical
John S. Thostesen was born on January 22, 1888 in Nebraska. He grew up in Nebraska and went to Colorado College in Colorado Springs. In 1916, John joined the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad as an engineman. By 1926, he was an engineer on the Sterling Division. He belonged to the Brotherhood of Locomtotive Firemen & Enginemen. He retired in 1955 or 1956. Mr. Thostesen died on December 30, 1957 in Sterling, Colorado. Marie (Thurman) was the wife of John S. She was born on October 10, 1898 in Lordsburg, New Mexico. The Thostesens were married on February 22, 1936 while they were living in Denver, Colorado, but later moved to Sterling, Colorado. Both Thostesens were active in the Veterans' Association of the Burlington Lines.
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Source Record ID
MS 470
Collection Number
MS 470
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Southern Pacific Maintenance of Way photograph albums

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1928-1929
Creator
Southern Pacific, Maintenance of Way Department
Collection Number
MS 797
  1 document  
Date
1928-1929
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
2 albums
Creator
Southern Pacific, Maintenance of Way Department
Abstract
One album included Southern Pacific photographs of the flood of 1940. Another album shows the right of way of the Southern Pacific from San Jose to Lick, California.
Scope and Content
Album 137 was an album of Southern Pacific photographs of the flood of 1940. Includes aerial photographs of flood waters in Gridley, Marysville, Princeton, Colusa, the Yolo Bypass, and Sacramento. The remainder of album 137 are ground level photographs of the flood damage starting in Sacramento and following the line north to Tehama and Gerber. Shows Knights Landing, Los Molinos, Tehama, and Willows. Album 139 was the office copy in the Office of Engineer, Maintenance of Way and Structures. It consists of professional 8 x 10 black and white photos of scenes along the right of way of the Southern Pacific from San Jose, California to Lick, California. The first section of the album has photos taken of downtown San Jose. There are no captions on the photos in this section, however; there are photo numbers: 1989-1 through 1989-16 and 1989-19 through 1989-25 inclusive. The next and largest section of the album are photograph numbers 1518-1 through 1518-73 inclusive and 1518-80 through 1518-116 inclusive. There are captions above each photo in this section with the location and date. The end of the album has photographs of the San Jose line change, Oct. 22, 1929.
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Source Record ID
MS 797
Collection Number
MS 797
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Robert Lee King family papers

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1937-1983
Creator
King, Robert Lee (1923-1982)
Collection Number
MS 628
  2 documents  
Date
1937-1983
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
2 boxes
Creator
King, Robert Lee (1923-1982)
Abstract
This collection documents Robert Lee King's distinguished 38-year career with the Southern Pacific Company.
Scope and Content
Includes correspondence, telegrams and cards congratulating Robert King on his numerous promotions, SP circulars announcing his promotions, clippings from newspapers and magazines in which Mr. King has appeared, black-and-white and color photographs of business colleagues, family, friends, and trips, including one to Germany and several to Mexico, a scrapbook of an inspection trip, mailing lists for the SP traffic and operating departments, a few pay stubs, a certificate from Harvard Business School, and some material collected by his wife Irma Ruth Rountree (1921-1986) about her interests and accomplishments. Personal papers include a high-school transcript and correspondence about the possibility of obtaining work as a congressional aide out of high school. Northwestern Pacific and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train orders from 1909 collected by Robert King predate the collection, which spans the dates 1937-1983. Arranged alphabetically by type of material. Correspondence, clippings, motivational messages, newsletters and programs collected by Robert King's wife, Irma, are arranged alphabetically by the type of material.
History / Biographical
Robert Lee King was born on December 15, 1923 in Auxvasse, Missouri. He joined SP in 1944 at El Paso, Texas as Secretary to the Rio Grande Division Superintendent and rose through positions of increasing responsibility. Mr. King’s occupations during 38 years of service for Southern Pacific Company also include: Trainmaster, Rio Grande Division (1948), Tucson Division (1949) and Sacramento Division (1954), Assistant Superintendent, Salt Lake Division (1959) and Sacramento Division (1962), Superintendent, Western Division, Oakland (1965), Assistant General Manager of the Operating Department, San Francisco headquarters (1967), General Manager, San Francisco headquarters (1969), Vice-President, Traffic, San Francisco headquarters (1978), and Senior Vice-President, Traffic (1982). While working for Southern Pacific, Mr. King completed Harvard Business School's program for management development in December, 1961. In 1945, Mr. King married Irma Ruth Rountree. The Kings had two children, Beverly and Bruce. The Kings were long-time members of the Park Boulevard Presbyterian church in Oakland, where Mrs. King was President of the Women’s Association. Mr. King died on November 27, 1982 at the age of 58.
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Source Record ID
MS 628
Collection Number
MS 628
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Louisville, Cincinnati and Lexington Railway records

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1880, 1909-1913
Creator
Louisville, Cincinnati and Lexington Railway
Collection Number
MS 249
  1 document  
Date
1880, 1909-1913
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
2 folders
Creator
Louisville, Cincinnati and Lexington Railway
Abstract
Bill of lading, correspondence and clippings.
Scope and Content
Bill of lading, correspondence and clippings.
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Source Record ID
MS 249
Collection Number
MS 249
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Nevada Railroad Commission valuation reports collection

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1914-1928
Creator
Hardy, Grahame H.
Collection Number
MS 18
  1 document  
Date
1914-1928
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
4 oversize boxes
Creator
Hardy, Grahame H.
Abstract
Nevada Railroad Commission valuation reports with engineering, land, and financial information about select Western railroads.
Scope and Content
The collection is from the Nevada Railroad Commission and these reports contain information on several Western railroads, with an emphasis on Nevada lines, as well as the Western Union Telegraph Company. The reports consist of three categories: engineering, land, and accounting. •The Engineering Reports contain descriptions of the roadbed, track, bridges, yards, stations, and other facilities owned by the railroads, as well as description of the countryside through which the line passes. The documents also give mileage, locations of connections with other railroads and summaries of equipment. Locomotive road numbers are listed with wheel arrangement, builder and date, cylinder dimensions and weight. For cars, the road numbers are given along with information on the builders and the capacities of the cars. •The land reports provide information on the amount and value of rural and urban properties owned by the railroads. They also contain more detailed listings of property and improvement values. The one accounting report provides a financial analysis of the company. The documents are arranged alphabetically by corporate name and include Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, Bullfrog Goldfield Railroad, California, Arizona and Santa Fe Railway, Central Pacific Railway, Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad, Nevada-California-Oregon Railway, Nevada Northern Railway, Nevada Transportation Company (Eureka-Nevada Railway), San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, Southern Pacific Company, Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, Western Pacific Railway, and Western Union Telegraph Company.
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Source Record ID
MS 18
Collection Number
MS 18
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Arthur G. Rahn papers

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1949-2005
Creator
Rahn (Arthur G.)
Collection Number
MS 637
  1 document  
Date
1949-2005
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
1 box
Creator
Rahn (Arthur G.)
Abstract
Includes correspondence, reports and a copy of land appraiser Arthur G. Rahn's book CORRIDOR VALUATION: AN APPRAISER'S OVERVIEW.
Scope and Content
Includes materials collected by Arthur G. Rahn while he was an appraiser for the Southern Pacific Company, as well as a copy of his book: CORRIDOR VALUATION: AN APPRAISER'S OVERVIEW (2005). A corridor is defined as "A long, narrow strip of land or property rights for which the highest and best use is to provide an economic benefit by connecting the end points, and sometimes serving intermediate points along the way...” (page 7). An August 2, 1949 letter from SP Secretary to the President Howard Joseph Carroll addressed to SP President Donald J. Russell discusses SP's policy of the sale of surplus property (real estate). Another letter (August 10, 1949) from Assistant to the President Carlos J. McDonald to President Russell references an historical memoranda referring to SP land policies which President Russell had asked MacDonald to prepare. "A resume of the acquisition and management of land under jurisdiction of the Land Department of Southern Pacific Company" examines the Southern Pacific Land Company and how it acquired, sold, and leased lands, how and why its policies changed over time, land grant rates, Oregon land grant litigation, details of the land grants, how the title to minerals was held, land sales, land surveys, and how land was patented and appraised. It examines specific land tracts in California (Bonita Farms, McKittrick, Moron, Indio, Daggett, the Huntington Tract, Shasta Retreat, Tweedy, the Salton Sea) and Nevada (Imlay, Hazen, Montello, Mina), Oregon and Mexico. The "resume" also includes an examination of land owned by SP subsidiary or leased companies including: Central Pacific Railway, Cloudcroft Company, Beaver Hill Coal Company, Coos Bay Oregon Coal Company, Oregon & California Land Company, Porter Fuel Company, Durango Land Company, Iron Chief Mining Company, Albion Lumber Company, Nevada-California-Oregon Realty Company, Alamagordo Lumber Company, Alsea Southern Railroad, and American Agricultural Chemical Company. Correspondence from June 16, 1972 addressed to SP President Benjamin F. Biaggini from the SP Standing Land Grant Committeee recommends the gradual return of Southern Pacific's Congressional grant right of way in California for property tax purposes. In his September 19, 1972 letter to Lawrence Elliott Hoyt, Vice-President and Assistant to the President, SP General Solicitor Robert L. Pierce comments on the memoranda. A 1970 report by an outside consulting firm summarizes the findings and recommendations of a utilization study of Southern Pacific outlying lands (grazing, timber and agricultural land) in California, Nevada, and Utah, and was prepared by the Los Angeles. Arranged alphabetically by title or document type.
History / Biographical
Arthur G. Rahn is an appraisal consultant based in Fairfield, California. He was formerly Assistant Director of Appraisal Services for Southern Pacific Railroad and Manager of Appraisals for Union Pacific Railroad, where he specialized in corridor valuation appraisal. He has contributed several articles to The Appraisal Journal.
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Source Record ID
MS 637
Collection Number
MS 637
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Gulf, Houston and San Antonio Railway certificate

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1899
Creator
Gulf, Houston, and San Antonio Railway
Collection Number
MS 229
  1 document  
Date
1899
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
1 folder
Creator
Gulf, Houston, and San Antonio Railway
Abstract
Certificate of service issued to Jerry Foush, dated July 11, 1899.
Scope and Content
Certificate of service issued to Jerry Foush, dated July 11, 1899.
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Source Record ID
MS 229
Collection Number
MS 229
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Carl Thomas Butner papers

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1923-1949
Creator
Butner, Carl Thomas
Collection Number
MS 439
  1 document  
Date
1923-1949
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
1 folder
Creator
Butner, Carl Thomas
Abstract
Papers collected by Carl Thomas Butner during his career with Northwestern Pacific.
Scope and Content
Papers collected by Carl Thomas Butner during his career with Northwestern Pacific.
History / Biographical
Carl Thomas Butner was born in Missouri on August 10, 1899. In 1919, he began working for Northwestern Pacific. During his lengthy career he worked as a watchman, fireman, and locomotive engineer. He continued to work intermittently for Northwestern Pacific until 1963.
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Source Record ID
MS 439
Collection Number
MS 439
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Western Pacific Railroad views of construction

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
Sep. 1905 - May 1909
Creator
Western Pacific, Engineering Department
Collection Number
MS 765
  1 document  
Date
Sep. 1905 - May 1909
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
5 albums
Creator
Western Pacific, Engineering Department
Abstract
Albums created by Western Pacific Engineering Department showing structures in California and Nevada.
Scope and Content
Album 38 contains photographs of construction work on the WP Railway North Fork Division taken by Division Engineer Emory Oliver. Includes Oroville to Spanish Creek at Tunnel 38. Includes photos of rough terrain along the North Fork of the Feather River, showing early construction work and the grading of the line. One part of album 39 was created by WP engineering staff for Virgil Bogue, the Western Pacific Vice-President & Chief Engineer. Includes photographs of stations, living quarters, depots, and other structures in California in April and May of 1909. Another section of this album was compiled by W.H. Butts, Assistant Engineer. It includes photographs of structures in Elko, Nevada. Subjects of loose pages in the back of this album include the construction of Chilcoot Tunnel and construction camps in Nevada and locations in Utah. Album 40 includes photographs of general construction, fills, tunnels, depots, towers, and outbuildings covering the area between Niles and South Tesla Junction (Carbona). Album 41 contains photographs of Western Pacific construction sites all dated Jun. 5, 1909. Includes buildings at the Oakland Mole, Oakland Terminal, Niles, Stockton, and Sacramento. Album 44 is a book of photographs of Western Pacific Railway line in Plumas Forest Reserve, taken at the request of Virgil G. Bogue, Western Pacific Chief Engineer in his letter of Apr. 11 [year not given] to Emory Oliver, Division Engineer]. Shows very early stages of surveying and construction. Each photo has a location caption.
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MS 765
Collection Number
MS 765
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San Francisco / East Bay Area railroad scrapbook

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1892-1900
Collection Number
MS 842
  1 document  
Date
1892-1900
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
.33 linear feet
Abstract
This scrapbook contains articles from San Francisco and Bay Area newspapers about railroad history.
Scope and Content
This scrap book has an embossed cover showing a bird sitting on a ladies hand. It contains newspaper clippings pasted on each page. There are a few unidentified family photographs. There are articles from San Francisco and East Bay newspapers about the Highland Park & Fruitvale Railway, the Oakland, San Leandro & Haywards Electric Railway, Risdon Iron Works and some articles about air brakes, conductors sleeping on the job, and the management of a Jim-Crow line.
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Source Record ID
MS 842
Collection Number
MS 842
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Clinton A. Leiper papers

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1934-1975
Creator
Leiper (Clinton A.)
Collection Number
MS 615
  2 documents  
Date
1934-1975
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
2 boxes + 1 oversize box
Creator
Leiper (Clinton A.)
Abstract
Personal and business papers of longtime Southern Pacific conductor Clinton A. Leiper.
Scope and Content
The Clinton A. Leiper Collection includes materials relating to his high school education, time books, pay stubs, as well as Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and United Transportation Union records such as lodge meeting rolls, dues receipts, and minutes of Lodge meetings. Arranged in the following series: 1. Time books, 1942-1972 2. Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, 1942-1969 3. Miscellaneous, 1934-1975
History / Biographical
linton Alexander Leiper was born on December 14, 1915 in Illinois and graduated from Sparta Township High School in 1934. For most of his working life, he was employed by the Southern Pacific Company as a conductor. Mr. Leiper was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [BRT] Lodge No. 850 in Oakland, California from the 1940s until 1970, when the union merged with other transportation related unions to become the United Transportation Union [UTU]. In 1948, Mr. Leiper was elected president of Lodge No. 850, and in 1955 its local chairman. In 1958, he became the lodge secretary, a position he held until 1968. Upon retirement from Southern Pacific in the 1970s, he became a member of the UTU Retiree Program. Clinton A. Leiper passed away in 2000 in Sacramento, California.
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Source Record ID
MS 615
Collection Number
MS 615
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Roseville Postmaster William R. Stephens, and the Railway Mail Service Chief Clerk John J. Burke

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1922-1935
Creator
Stephens, William R.
Burke, John J.
Collection Number
MS 698
  1 document  
Date
1922-1935
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
1 half-box
Creator
Stephens, William R.
Burke, John J.
Abstract
This collection consists primarily of correspondence between William R. Stephens, the Roseville postmaster of the United States Post Office and John J. Burke, Chief Clerk of Railway Mail Service District No. 8, from 1922 to 1934.
Scope and Content
This collection consists primarily of correspondence between William R. Stephens, the Roseville postmaster of the United States Post Office and John J. Burke, Chief Clerk of Railway Mail Service District No. 8, from 1922 to 1934. There are also reports about temporary workers, notices to the postmaster from the United States Post Office, and handwritten notes about irregular pouches. Subjects include complaints about improper delivery, loss of the mail, its poor condition upon arrival, failure to follow procedures, irregular pouches, mail service provided by temporary contracters, the timing of delivery and pickup, the use of contractors to deliver mail, and postal clerks examinations. Arranged chronologically.
History / Biographical
The Railway Mail Service (RMS), a Department of the United States Post Office, and its successor the Postal Transportation Service (PTS), carried most of the mail in the United States from the 1890s until the 1960s. Established in 1869, the Railway Mail Service provided for the movement of U.S. mail by train. Highly trained RMS postal clerks staffed the Railway Post Office (RPO), a special car on a passenger train. Mail sorted en route, received a cancellation just as if it had been mailed at a local post office. On October 1, 1948, the Railway Mail Service was renamed the Postal Transportation Service. The last railway post office car operated between New York and Washington, D.C. on June 30, 1977. In 1869 the RMS was organized into six divisions, under a single general superintendent. By the 1920s, there were fifteen divisions. Each division was headed by a Chief Clerk, who was responsible for ensuring that all mail originating from or traveling on a RPO car was delivered in a timely manner. RMS postal clerks were under the Chief Clerk's jurisdiction. The Chief Clerk also worked with the postmasters, employees of the U.S. Post Office, at the post offices in his division.
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Source Record ID
MS 698
Collection Number
MS 698
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Canadian Pacific Railway correspondence

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1891-1893
Creator
Canadian Pacific Railway
Collection Number
MS 196
  1 document  
Date
1891-1893
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
1 folder
Creator
Canadian Pacific Railway
Abstract
Correspondence.
Scope and Content
Correspondence.
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Source Record ID
MS 196
Collection Number
MS 196
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George A. Gray papers

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1925-1956
Creator
Gray, George A.
Collection Number
MS 546
  1 document  
Date
1925-1956
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
1 folder
Creator
Gray, George A.
Abstract
Papers pertaining to the career of George A. Gray, telegrapher and station agent with the Southern Pacific Company in Southern California. Includes: correspondence, telegrams, circulars, time reports, train orders, trip passes, a copy of the 1943 Southern Pacific Transportation Department Rules and Regulations, clippings, a storage bill, rates of pay (1930) and certificates qualifying Mr. Gray as a train order operator.
Scope and Content
Papers pertaining to the career of George A. Gray, telegrapher and station agent with the Southern Pacific Company in Southern California. Includes: correspondence, telegrams, circulars, time reports, train orders, trip passes, a copy of the 1943 Southern Pacific Transportation Department Rules and Regulations, clippings, a storage bill, rates of pay (1930) and certificates qualifying Mr. Gray as a train order operator.
History / Biographical
George A. Gray began his career with the Southern Pacific July 23, 1923. In 1925, he went to Calexico as a telegrapher-clerk. He began working on the Harbor Belt Line Railroad, Wilmington Yard Office, at the Los Angeles Harbor in 1929. In 1944 he was first telegrapher at Santa Barbara, and later moved on to Firestone Park.
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Source Record ID
MS 546
Collection Number
MS 546
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Central California Traction Co. collection

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1906-1944
Creator
Central California Traction Company
Collection Number
MS 115
  1 document  
Date
1906-1944
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
2 boxes + 2 half-boxes
Creator
Central California Traction Company
Abstract
Financial records of the Central California Traction Company.
Scope and Content
Most of the documents included in this collection are financial records from the 1920s and early 1930s. •There are a series of inventory and supply sheets, most dated "as of December 31, 1927" (although data for previous years and into 1928 may also be included), in both worksheet and final report format, used to create a record of CCT's holdings at the time of the Southern Pacific, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe and Western Pacific takeover. •There are some legal and financial records related to attempts to take over Central California Traction Company, as well as records of property ownership and leases. •A valuation report as of June 1914 lists the Central California Traction Company's physical upgrades, such as culverts, trestles, rails, ties, ballasts, fences and gradings, as well as equipment and tools in the shops and substations. •The materials are organized alphabetically by subject.
History / Biographical
Chartered August 7, 1905; 55.68 miles between Stockton and Sacramento. The line was opened to Lodi on September 2, 1907, and to Sacramento on September 1, 1910. On January 1, 1928, it was acquired jointly by the Southern Pacific Company, Santa Fe and Western Pacific on condition that it sell its street car lines in Stockton to the Stockton Electric Railroad Company, a then wholly-owned Southern Pacific Company subsidiary which had been operating the street car lines for a number of years under lease. The first locomotive officially built at the Central Pacific shops in Sacramento, CP 2-55, later SP 1272 and 1516, was sold to CCT on May 4, 1910, and presumably disposed of when the line was electrified all the way through to Sacramento. Electrification ceased in 1946. [Guy Dunscomb, A CENTURY OF SOUTHERN PACIFIC STEAM LOCOMOTIVES, 1862-1962 (Modesto, California: 1967), p. 368]
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Source Record ID
MS 115
Collection Number
MS 115
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Telegraphers' Mutual Benefit Association notices

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
1886-1891
Creator
Telegraphers' Mutual Benefit Association
Collection Number
MS 372
  1 document  
Date
1886-1891
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
1 folder
Creator
Telegraphers' Mutual Benefit Association
Abstract
Notices to members of assessments for payment of death benefits, along with receipts for assessments.
Scope and Content
Notices to members of assessments for payment of death benefits, along with receipts for assessments.
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Source Record ID
MS 372
Collection Number
MS 372
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Yerington Electric Company (Yerington, Nevada) letter

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Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Date
Dec. 1, 1912
Creator
Yerington Electric Company
Collection Number
MS 341
  1 document  
Date
Dec. 1, 1912
Material Type
Manuscripts and Archives
Extent
1 folder
Creator
Yerington Electric Company
Abstract
Letter to Nevada Railroad Commission by the Yerington Electric Company, dated December 1, 1912.
Scope and Content
Letter to Nevada Railroad Commission by the Yerington Electric Company, dated December 1, 1912.
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Source Record ID
MS 341
Collection Number
MS 341
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