SAN JOAQUIN AND SIERRA NEVADA RAILROAD COLLECTION
Title: SAN JOAQUIN AND SIERRA NEVADA RAILROAD COLLECTION
Collection Number: MS 151
San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada Railroad Collection
Extent: 1 box
California State Railroad Museum Library
Abstract: Financial records from the San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada Railroad.
Language of Material: English
This collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of
the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.
SAN JOAQUIN AND SIERRA NEVADA RAILROAD COLLECTION. California State Railroad Museum Library
Gift of Southern Pacific Railroad, New York Collection.
The San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada Railroad was incorporated in March 1882. It was part of a scheme to provide farmers and
ranchers in the northern San Joaquin Valley and in the central Sierra Nevada foothills with a means of transporting their
produce to river steamers and on to the Bay Area, develop timber resources of the region, and encourage tourists to visit
the Calaveras Big Trees. The three-foot gauge line ran initially from Bracks Landing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
east through Lodi to Wallace. By the spring of 1885 it had been extended to Valley Spring. Three years later the Northern
Railway, a subsidiary of the Southern Pacific, acquired the line, and from that time it was operated by the Southern Pacific.
In 1897 the portion of the SJ&SN from Bracks Landing to the town of Woodbridge near Lodi was abandoned. The remainder of the
track was converted to standard gauge in 1904. The development of limestone and shale deposits occasioned an extension of
the line east from Valley Spring to the Calaveras Cement Company plant at Kentucky House in 1925 and 1926.
Scope and Content of Collection
The San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada Railroad records consist of cash books which provide information on earnings and expenses
incurred in the construction and operation of the line on a daily basis, as well as a treasurer's bank book listing deposits
made and checks written. The collection also contains annual financial reports for the company for four years up to the time
of its acquisition by the Northern Railway.