Southern Pacific Railroad History Center


SP Extra 5452 West has arrived Ojai, California with a special excursion train operating on the Ojai Branch in March, 1958. Photo by Ed Graham, courtesy Western Railway Museum.
Helper power for the grade of Beaumont Hill rests on the Colton, California service track in 1965. Photo by Pete Baumhefner.
SP semaphore signals show clear in both directions at sunset on the Tucumcari, New Mexico line north of El Paso, Texas in March, 1980. Photo by Pete Baumhefner.
SP Extra 8683 East stops at Texarkana, Texas on July 4, 1973. Photo by Dave Bernstein.
With the Los Angeles Division Superintendent's hi-rail vehicle safely in the clear at Sacate, California, SP Extra 9123 West charges by on the Coast mainline. Photo by Pete Baumhefner.
Northwestern Pacific train No. 3, the Redwood, waits in the clear at Dos Rios, California on January 31, 1971 as a freight train destined Eureka rolls by. Roger Puta photo from the Marty Bernard collection.
SP Train First 780 with steam locomotive 4340 races through McFarland in California's Central Valley on October 21, 1954. Photo from the Bob Slocum-Moreau collection, courtesy Western Railway Museum.
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Our mission is to provide a digital presentation of the history of the Southern Pacific System from the creation of its first predecessor company in 1853 until its merger with Union Pacific in 1996, through a comprehensive, searchable website. Our objective is to present Southern Pacific’s rich history by providing documents, photographs, graphs, drawings, maps, videos, podcasts, Zoom interviews and presentations, and more related to the diverse group of women and men from multiple national origins who were instrumental in the success of the Southern Pacific.

A railroad bridge over an arm of the Llano River, on Southern Pacific’s abandoned 29-mile branch line between Burnet and Llano, Texas. This photo was taken in April 2012 by Buddy Park


The vision of the Southern Pacific History Center is to create an online digital library consisting of Southern Pacific System related documents, photographs, drawings, maps, videos, podcasts, Zoom interviews and presentations, and more for research and the enjoyment of future generations to come.

We welcome all to become members of the History Center regardless of race, color, sexual orientation, religion or not, national origin, disability, or age.

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