Inventory of the Sacramento Northern Railway Company Records, 1938-1985

Processed by Blaine Lamb; machine-readable finding aid created by James Ryan
California State Railroad Museum Library
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© 1999
California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Sacramento Northern Railway Company Records, 1938-1985

Collection number: MS 8

California State Railroad Museum Library



Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Railroad Museum Library
  • 111 "I" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 323-8073
  • Fax: (916) 327-5655
  • Email: csrmlibrary@csrmf.org
  • URL: http://www.csrmf.org/library.html
Processed by:
Blaine Lamb
Encoded by:
James Ryan
© 1999 California State Railroad Museum. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sacramento Northern Railway Company Records,
Date (inclusive): 1938-1985
Collection number: MS 8
Creator: Sacramento Northern Railway
Extent: 6 Cartons
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
Sacramento, California 95814
Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Publication Rights

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 Senior Curator. 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

[Identification of item], Sacramento Northern Railway Company Records, MS 8, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

Collection Description

The collection consists of correspondence, photocopies, mimeographs, log books, computer printouts and printed material relating to employment practices, wages, operating procedures, equipment, train movements, etc. In addition the collection contains correspondence, reports, memoranda and notes concerning the abandonment of service, including ferry service across the Carquinez Strait, between West Pittsburg and Montezuma, trackage abandonments elsewhere in Northern California during the 1940s and 1950s, and electric interurban passenger equipment and streetcars.

Historical Background

The Sacramento Northern Railway Company was incorporated in California on August 29, 1921. Its purpose was to acquire and operate the property of the Sacramento Northern Railroad. It absorbed the Sacramento Northern on November 4, 1925. Western Pacific Railroad owned the new railroad. Sacramento Northern's trackage consisted of a main line extending from Chico to Sacramento, with various branches, operating approximately 157 miles of track. On December 31, 1928, the San Francisco- Sacramento Railroad was acquired. This line stretched from Chico to Oakland. On January 15, 1939, through service to Chico was instituted. Passenger service was discontinued in October of 1940 but freight service was continued.

Related Collections

For additional information, see: Ira L. Swett, Sacramento Northern, Interurbans Special 26 (Los Angeles: Electric Railway Publications, 1962) reprinted in 1998 by Pentrex Media Group.

Container List

Box 1

Sacramento Northern Railway Operating Department car handling circulars, 1964-1969 Western Pacific Railroad car handling circulars, 1964

 

Western Pacific Railroad, Sacramento Northern Railway, and Tidewater Southern Railway Circular No. 167-E, listing industries located at points served, team track facilities, ramps and platforms, track scales, icing stations and interchange points

 

Sacramento Northern Railway Trainmen's Job Bulletins, 1981-1984, covering work hours and rules, train instructions and job notices

Box 2

Sacramento Northern Railway Enginemen's Job Bulletins, 1982-1984

 

Sacramento Northern Railway Trainmen's and Enginemen's Job Bulletins, 1981-1983

Box 3

Sacramento Northern Railway Yardmaster's Log Books, 17 vols., July 1, 1972-May 8, 1981, November 1, 1982-June 14, 1985, containing notations on the daily operation of the railroad, including equipment, train movements, interchanges, and problems

Box 4

Trackage and ferry service abandonment, West Pittsburg-Montezuma, December 1949-December 1954 (8 folders)

 

Trackage abandonment, Dozier-Montezuma, 1950 (1 folder)

 

Trackage abandonment, Oakland-Lafayette, January 1954- April 1960 (5 folders)

 

Trackage abandonment, Oroville Branch, June 1952-April 1968 (3 folders)

 

Trackage abandonment, Vacaville-Willotta, October 1949-January 1950 (1 folder)

 

Trackage abandonment, Walnut Creek-Lafayette, November 1957-July 1964 (2 folders)

Box 5

Material disposal (including locomotives and rolling stock), July 1955-September 1972 (1 folder)

 

Passenger trains and streetcars, October 1938-November 1970 (5 folders)

 

Pay rates and records, 1944-1958 (7 folders)

Box 6

Equipment completion reports; Exhibit D. January 1929 - 1957. Filed in AFE order.