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Curator's Corner.

Occasionally we stumble upon an article, letter or other anecdote of interest to share with you. If this is your first visit, the Curator's Corner has been aptly named after our good friend and occasional contributor: Kyle Wyatt, Curator of Technology at the California State Railroad Museum.

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Local Passenger Tariff No. 1-A.
Nevada Short Line Railroad, January 18, 1918.

PacificNG Collection.


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Enormous Reclamation Project In Sacramento Valley.
San Francisco Call, Volume 109, Number 83, 21 February 1911.

California Digital Newspaper Collection.

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Seattle Car & Foundry Catalogue Number 3.
Union Print Company, Seattle. December, 1913.


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Historic Engine.
Article describing the history of the locomotive "Ant", originally built for the Seattle Coal & Transportation Co.

The Ranch. October 15, 1912.

Courtesy Library of Congress.

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Gold Mining At Carson Hill, California.
Article describing the mining operation, with brief mention of their rail system.

Engineering and Mining Journal. November 5, 1921.

Courtesy Google Books.

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Arrival of the steamer Kilburn at Watsonville thrills citizens.
Details on the delivery of "F. A. Kilburn" and Watsonville Transportation Co. plans.

San Francisco Call, April 24, 1904.

Courtesy CDNC.

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Totman's Patent Weed Burner.
Invented and used on the Colusa and Lake, licensed for manufacture in Hawaii by the Hilo Railroad.

Locomotive Engineers Journal - Volume 44, January 1910.

Courtesy Google Books.

Title Page of Miller's Trussed Platforms, Compression Buffers and Automatic Couplers.

Miller's Trussed Platforms, Compression Buffers and Automatic Couplers.
By E. Miller.
Digitized by Google, Hosted at: Archive.Org

On the "White Pass" pay-roll.
by S. H. Graves, president of the White Pass & Yukon route.
From: Archive.Org

Illustration of Baldwin "Style 37" Locomotive Paint by David Fletcher.
Style 37 was used on Baldwin Locomotive Works "Delaware", one of their locomotives built for operation around the Phildelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876.

The Home Of The Redwood
A Souvenir of the Lumber Industry of California.
By Redwood Lumber Manufacturers Association, 1897.

Informative book covering the Redwood industry in California, numerous photographs of mills, technique and railroads.

D.O. Mills Is Here On An Annual Visit.
Article mentions Mills' visit to the San Francisco area and erroniously mentions sale of Virginia and Truckee to the Southern Pacific. Rather, the Virginia and Truckee's 3' gauge Carson & Colorado was sold to the Southern Pacific.
San Francisco Daily Call.
March 18th, 1900.

This Woman Is A Railroad President And The Railroad Earns A Dividend.
Article on Sarah Kidder, President of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge.
St. Paul Globe.
April 9th, 1905

Mono Railway (Early Monorail).
Daily Alta California.
April 5th, 1908.

Oregon's First Narrow Gauge Locomotive.
Daily Alta California.
November 11th, 1871.

Editors Note: The second locomotive mentioned in this article for the Seattle Coal Company is rumored to still exist, at the bottom of Lake Washington.
In January 1875, the sternwheeler Chehalis was rounding the northwest point of Mercer Island when a gale blowing from the south tipped the barge it was towing and sent 18 cars plunging into the lake.
They remain where they sank, well preserved in 200 feet of water, many of them upright and still carrying their cargoes of coal.

Report To The Section Boss, North Pacific Coast Railroad.
October 23rd, 1893
Richard J. (Dick) Lucas Collection.

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