The collection consists of letters to McFarland, primarily from other railroad aficionados, letters concerning the Railway
& Locomotive Historical Society, R&LHS Pacific Coast Chapter newsletters and announcements of excursions and miscellaneous
photograph lists (not McFarland images) and retirement and scrapping lists for Southern Pacific steam locomotives. Correspondents
include Charles E. Fisher, Gilbert H. Kneiss, David L. Joslyn, and Charles Smallwood.
Robert H. McFarland was a railroad enthusiast and photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area during the early and mid-twentieth
century. Prior to his death in 1954, he photographed Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, Northwestern
Pacific, and traction subjects, as well as maritime and city views.
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