Saturday, October 31, 2009

Camp 21 Sardine Valley

From: daeppley@comcast.net

Do you have any information on Camp 21 in Sardine Valley north of Stampede Reservoir? Based on the many old beer cans in the area I would guess the camp was operating 1936-37 making it part of the Hobart Mills operation rather than a Boca - Loyalton Railroad operation. The remaining wood foundations look like they may be old railroad cars, not cabins, but the track and wheels are all gone. I can't find any detailed history of the operation of the Railroad or of the camps. The museum list a stereograph of Camp 21, but it is not available on line.

—Dean Eppley, Truckee

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Steve Carter prints

From: "Normand Leduc" nleduc@shaw.ca

I have a couple of signed prints done by Steve Carter of the "Last Spike #44" and "The Hogger's last lock #458" ... was wondering if those would have any historic value?

—Normand Leduc

Old rail from Russia

From: "Tyurin Sergey" vniist@mail.ru

I am from Russia. I found the place where the rail, shown in attachment situated. This is very interesting place. We have here old railroad with different marks on the rails. Rail which is in attachment only one of them. For example we have a rail which marked " UNION D N.T.K. 1887" ...

—Sergey

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Emigrant "Local" Baggage Tags

From: "Jason Sanford" parkcitybranch@yahoo.com

I have seen some CPRR baggage tags that are marked "local" and some "Emigrant" and "Local." What constituted a local train on the CPRR? Where there specific local trains that ran on a daily basis between designated stations? Does anyone happen to know when the "Emigrant" tags were no longer used? Thanks.

—Jason

Friday, October 23, 2009

History of train conductor hats

From: "Richard Russell" richardrussell1203@sbcglobal.net

Were can I find information on the history of train conductor hats?

—Rich Russell

Searching for travel guide from 1870s - Southern Pacific RR Co. - Los Angeles to San Francisco

From: "Brenda Reed" brendawestonwv@hotmail.com

I was thrilled to find your publication The Pacific [Tourist] by Henry T. [Williams].

I am writing a story set in 1877 that places my characters on a train from Los Angeles to the state line between Utah and Wyoming. I'd like for everything to be as accurate as possible ... do you know of any guide written in the era for the trip from Los Angeles to San [Francisco]?

Thank you so much for all your work in preserving RR history. I am old enough to remember traveling from Wichita to Philadelphia on an "old-fashioned" train with dining car and sleepers. It was a trip never to be forgotten.

—Brenda Reed

Sunday, October 18, 2009

John Leroy Minchin

From: "Jeff" jzeeburg@yahoo.com

Looking for information on someone who I think either worked for the CPRR or the SP.

A google search has turned up nothing, maybe someone in your group can help me?

John Leroy Minchin. I'm trying to find out about this person. I'm a railroad collector and have a railroad "presentation" lantern that was given to JOHN LEROY MINCHIN with a date of 1886 on it. Can you help me? Thanks.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Donner Summit Virtual Reality

From: "Howard Goldbaum" goldbaum@unr.edu

Five-node spherical virtual-reality scene which explores the Summit Tunnel in detail, including its vertical construction shaft (view full-screen for best effect).

Howard Goldbaum
All Around Nevada
Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism MS 310
University of Nevada
Reno, NV

How much were the Chinese paid?

Wilson Committee Report & Credit Mobilier

Is the transcription that you have online the full and complete report which Jeremiah M. Wilson delivered to Congress on February 21, 1873? If not, do you know where I could view the full report?

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Irish workers on the Union Pacific RR

From: "Kim Pearson" sixpearsons@nc.rr.com

We are doing a report on the Transcontinental RR. We are finding a lot of information about the Chinese immigrants that worked on the RR; however, we can find very little information about the Irish immigrants that worked for the Union Pacific RR. Can you give us some direction?

—Kim Pearson

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Glassware used in the dining cars for drinks

From: McKeever@comcast.net

I am looking for a set of fine drinking glasses they used in the dining cars in the 1930's and 1940's. And also in the Presidents dining car.

—Darlene Kelly

Thursday, October 01, 2009

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