Inventory of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Collection, 1907-1917

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Inventory of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Collection, 1907-1917

Collection number: MS 56

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:
The California State Railroad Museum Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 2000 California State Railroad Museum. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Northwestern Pacific Railroad Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1907-1917
Collection number: MS 56
Extent: 4 volumes + 1 box
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

Provenance

Gift of Brian Thompson

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], Northwestern Pacific Railroad Collection, MS 56, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

Collection Description

Two volumes from the Office of Master Mechanic and Superintendent of Steamers / Mechanical Department are letterpress copy books which record the cost for services completed by Mechanical Department (Tiburon Shops) to Comptroller, relating to locomotives, rolling stock and floating equipment. Includes information recorded on a variety of forms. Data may include shop expenses, changes made to equipment, regular maintenance and labor costs. A third volume of letterpress copy books contain copies of invoices, records of repairs to equipment, including foreign roads, NWP shops (Tiburon, Willits and San Francisco). Also contains data relating to material and labor costs. The fourth and final volume contains an "Abstract of bills rendered." Also includes miscellaneous reports for the Eel River development project and a commendation list, which have been arranged by date.

Historical Background

Incorporated January 8, 1907, consolidating the San Francisco & North Pacific Railway, the North Shore Railroad, and several smaller railroads between San Francisco and Eureka, California. The NWP was a major presence in the area offering commuter service through to San Francisco via ferry. In 1929 Southern Pacific assumed sole ownership of the company. The last steam run was September 30, 1953. On November 1, 1984, the lines north of Willits were purchased by the Eureka Southern Railroad. Lines south were retained by the Southern Pacific. The North Coast Railroad Authority purchased the Eureka Southern out of bankruptcy in 1992. Currently a consortium of several government agencies control the line: the North Coast Railroad Authority, Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, Marin and Sonoma Counties, and the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority. The line is presently operated by a contract operator under the historic name of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad.

Key to Arrangement

Volume Vols.1-2

Office of Master Mechanic and Superintendent of Steamers / Mechanical Department 2 letterpress copy books, 1909-1916 [One marked: Bill Book 3]

Volume Vol. 3

Letterpress copy book, November 18, 1907 to February 28, 1914; August 14, 1916 - November 1917

Volume Vol. 4

Letterpress copy book, "Abstract of bills rendered", August 1916 - November 1917

Box Box 1, Folder 1

California Department of Water Resources. Northern Branch. Planning Section. North coastal area investigation, lower Eel River development. Northwestern Pacific Railroad, 1953-1964.

Folder 2-3

Department of Army. San Francisco District. Corps of Engineers. Reconnaissance report on relocation of Northwestern Pacific Railroad around proposed reservoirs on the main Eel River and economic comparison of routes. July 1969. 2 vols.

Folder 4-5

California Department of Water Resources. Northern District. Upper Eel River development. Memorandum report of Northwestern Pacific Railroad, relocation proposal, Willits to Nashmead, via Laytonville. July 11, 1969. 2 copies.

Folder 6-7

California Department of Water Resources. Northern District. Upper Eel River development. Memorandum report of Northwestern Pacific, relocation proposal, Willits to South Fork, via "Mail Ridge Route." July 11, 1969. 2 copies.

Folder 8

Commendation List, 1900