Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Crescent Limited"

From: "C Perry"

My elderly neighbor bought a large print of a railroad station with what looks like 1930's cars near it & I told him that I would "look it up." It was titled The Crescent Limited and signed (what I think was) Davard Taunton – do you know where this is located? ...

—C. Perry

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Southern Pacific Railway, Orange County CA lines

From: "Von Bitner, Theodore"

I am very interested in the history of the Southern Pacific Railroad through what is now Huntington Beach, Orange County, California. In particular ... about the Smeltzer Branch along the Pacific Ocean coastline. I am very curious about the physical structure of the railroad between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach with respect to any bridges that my have been built along that stretch of the railway. This particular stretch of the coastline appears to have been a sand spit and I interested to find out how the railroad was essentially built on the beach. ...

Ted von Bitner
Chief of Monitoring Programs
County of Orange - OC Watersheds Program

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New website SepiaTown - Over 150 mapped historical San Francisco images for you to explore!

From: "Sepia Town"

We're writing to tell you about a new historical image website we've built that we think you and the followers of Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum will be interested in (love your site, by the way)...

Homepage ...  

A sample San Francisco image on the site ...

SepiaTown is a website (mobile version coming soon) that lets people experience the past through a large and growing collection of user-submitted, mapped historical images.

We already have over 150 mapped San Francisco images in the collection for you to explore, plus images from a host of cities around the world.

In the coming months we'll be adding a number of new features to the site: mobile version, filtering by date and media type, film and audio upload, plus individualized pages for registered users.

If you have historical images you'd like to share, we invite you to upload, map and share them through the SepiaTown collection.  Registration is fast and free, and our upload and mapping process is as easy as pie, and each image features a link to your site (if you so choose).

Learn more about uploading images

Please feel free to contact us with any ideas or questions. If you like the project, we'd greatly appreciate it if you could help us get the word out.

We hope you enjoy the site,

SepiaTown Co-Founders
Jon Protas
Eric Warren
Eric Lehnartz

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Historical Address for CPRR at 303 Broadway in NYC 1870


I am researching a mid 19th Century painting that had an association possibly with 303 Broadway as it existed in the period of o/a 1850-60. I note that CPRR's 1870 address for its NYC office was at 303 Broadway.

I note the voluminous and interesting materials available on your website, but couldn't see anything regarding history of the various physical office sites. Thus, I was wondering if you might have any such information for my research regarding that building at 303 Broadway (i.e. pre/post 1870 building description, occupants, even immediately adjacent buildings*, etc.) That particular area/time was one where there were many artists and theatres in that area of NYC, but the NYC Landmarks Commission does not have this address within its current designated areas.

Thus, any historic info on the building itself would be much appreciated.

(* I am also trying to determine the same information regarding the mid 19th Century address of 289 Broadway which Landmarks advises that currently they show as "not a valid address.") ...

—Phil Norton, Frederick MD

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hart and the Burlington Railroad

From: "Glenn G. Willumson"

I am working on a travel book, A Traveler's Own Book, that the Central Pacific Railroad photographer Alfred Hart published in 1870. In particular, I'm trying to get a date for when it stopped publication, and I have come across a clue that I'm hoping someone can help me with. In what I think is a later edition of the booklet, the map in the back has the Burlington & Missouri Railroad bypassing Omaha and going through Lincoln, Nebraska before heading north again and linking up to the Union Pacific and heading west. Does anyone know when this bypass of Omaha was completed?

I appreciate any help you can give me.

—Glenn Willumson

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Old Union Pacific and Southern Pacific publicity photos

From: "Vivian Schueler"

We have Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroad publicity photos and are trying to find out what they are worth. Can you help us or direct us. Any assistance you can give us would be greatly appreciated.

—William Schueler, Jr.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Texas and Pacific Railroad step stool

From: "Pat James"

We have a T&PRY (Texas and Pacific Railroad Co.) metal Conductor's Boarding step stool, or sometimes, called a Pullman step stool. It has been in our family for at least 60 years. We can't seem to find out anything about it. Could you please direct me in the right direction to find out more about it and what is its worth. I have searched Google and just can't seem to get in the right hole. I did find out that Texas and Pacific Railway was the only railroad in Texas in 1871, then was merged into the Missouri Pacific in 1976. ...

—Pat and Gary James

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Construction of the transcontinental railroad

Thursday, February 11, 2010

How much was paid to the railroad companies per mile?

From: "Anthony Bageant"

How much was paid to the railroad companies per mile?

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


What were some animals back in the 1870s in Nebraska through California?

Monday, February 08, 2010

Current research on the Sacramento Valley RR since Gilbert Kneiss

From: "Robert Field"

Am researching for an article which in part covers the SVRR. There is a lot of small-scale info available on the net but I am wondering if one of your posters could point me in the direction of a general survey of new material. ...

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

50' Passenger cars 1800's to 1900's

From: "Rob Schwab"

I am working on a model 50' Passenger car by (Roundhouse) and I am interested as to where I could find any information on interior drawings, and to know what type trucks are prototypical for these cars, can you help me with this???

—Fritz Schwalb

Monday, February 01, 2010

Two views of Humboldt House

From: "jc cain"

Have you ever noticed these two views of Humboldt House are exactly the same?

Humboldt House, Crofutt


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