Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oregon via the route of the Short Line

From: "Tonna Haw"

I am looking for historical information on some research for a paper I am doing on the early immigrants to Oregon via the route of the Short Line, eastern Oregon, 1900 1915, to verify if the railroad went through or had stops at:
Brogan, Oregon - Cake, Oregon - Malheur City
Huntington, & Baker City, Oregon.

I do know at this time that Cake, Oregon was the sight of the Rainbow Gold mines, there verified a post office, by the same name was established. I am told Cake did have railway service, the Short Line being a connector from back east. No longer any remaining evidence of a town, it is hard to find any information regarding this area.

Huntington, once was the "turn around" a bustling town for people coming from east to west. Did the service from Cake then go to Huntington ?

Specifically however, it is Cake that I am focused, and would like some evidence of rail service. I would certainly love to be able to copy a route map, showing cities served in this area, thus possibly answering all of my questions about the rails the stories behind the men and women who came west, and why? ...

—Tonna Haw

Saturday, April 11, 2009


From: "Wendell Huffman"

Samuel Montague's engineering report of 8 October 1864, under ALIGNMENT, states "Although by Act of Congress . . . you are allowed to use the maximum curves on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the adopted maximum is ten degrees, or a radius of five hunddred and seventy-three feet." (The Act of Congress referred to is that of July 2, 1862, I believe the curve issue is in section 13.)

The implication in Montague's statement is that the B&O's curves were sharper ("maximum" in Montague's statement referring to the highest degree curve allowed) than the 10-degree curve standard adopted by the CPRR. In fact, there was one (or more likely, one reverse) mainline curve of 14 degrees in Palisade Canyon, opposite the mouth of Pine Creek, just west of Palisade station. The commissioners found no reason to complain about this curve (had they noticed it?). Was it within the Act's limit? Nowhere do I find a definition of the B&Os tightest curve as of 1862 (I do find an 18-degree curve on the B&O as of 1833).

That 14-degree curve was removed by July 1869 by relocating the Humboldt River, so it was probably always considered temporary.


Thursday, April 09, 2009

Can you identify the locomotive on the 1869 stamp?

From: "Richard West"

The 1869 US locomotive stamp (Scott #114) is sometimes said to commemorate the completion of the transcontinental railway?

Can anyone identify this locomotive?

—Richard West, University of Manchester

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Southern Pacific Police badge and the new Police Shield

From: "Ross Jackson Sr."

Are you interested in any Southern Pacific Police items such as photos/scans of the Southern Pacific Magazine showing the change of the Police badge to the new Police Shield? I also have the original photo of the badges that I have scanned.

I have attached three photos. The photo of the "Total Badge Article" is of the switch from the Irvine and Jachens six point star to the universal shield used by the Southern Pacific Railroad Police. The two accompanying photos are those that were taken by the Southern Pacific Bulletin Staff and are those photos in the SP Bulletin. Until the universal badge was created there were many different badges used. California, Utah, Nevada and Oregon all had the six point star. The southern states had so many different types of badges no one apparently really knows how many they have. ...

Should you have any questions please e-mail me to clarify anything. ...

Ross Jackson Sr.
Retired Southern Pacific Police Officer/Special Agent

Last Shield
Last Shield

My 1st RRPD 6pt Star and Texas 7pt  Star
My first Railroad Police Department 6 point Star and Texas 7 point Star

Article and photographs courtesy of the author.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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