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Railroad Film Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Conditions
  • Publication rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Subjects

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Railroad film collection
    Dates: 1930s to present
    Collection number: Consult the library
    Collector: California State Railroad Museum Library
    Collection Size: Approximately 1,900 items
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Abstract: The California State Railroad Museum Library's railroad film collection includes film and video documenting railroad operations and history, primarily in California and Western states, though also in some other geographic regions. The collection includes both commercial and amateur film and video footage. Some topics covered include railroad facilities, steam and diesel locomotives, freight and passenger trains, railroad instructional films, streetcars, train robberies, logging railroads, tourist railroads, and railfan excursion trips. Content of particular northern California interest includes construction of the Oroville dam, railroad ferries in the San Francisco Bay area, and trips aboard well-known named trains, such as the "California Zephyr" with its dome cars. Also included are videos of some the Museum's institutional history.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access Conditions

    The collection is stored off-site. Please contact the library in advance of your visit.

    Publication rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from motion pictures 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.

    Preferred Citation

    Railroad Film Collection. California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, CA 95814.

    Acquisition Information

    Various donors.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The California State Railroad Museum Library's railroad film collection includes film and video documenting railroad operations and history, primarily in California and Western states, though also in some other geographic regions. The collection includes both commercial and amateur film and video footage. Some topics covered include railroad facilities, steam and diesel locomotives, freight and passenger trains, railroad instructional films, streetcars, train robberies, logging railroads, tourist railroads, and railfan excursion trips. Content of particular northern California interest includes construction of the Oroville dam, railroad ferries in the San Francisco Bay area, and trips aboard well-known named trains, such as the "California Zephyr" with its dome cars. Also included are videos of some the Museum's institutional history.
    Formats include 8 mm and 16 mm film, 3/4 inch videocassettes, 1/2 inch VHS and Betacam videocassette recordings, and DVDs.
    Items were collected by library staff from various individual and corporate donors. Some items have been individually cataloged, though others have not yet been processed. Please contact the library for more information.

    Subjects

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection.
    Railroads—West (U.S.)
    Railroads—California
    Electric railroads—California
    Passenger trains
    Freight cars
    Motion pictures
    Video recordings
    Transportation in motion pictures
    Amateur films