This books the first of three volumes that is full of pictures of the city and suburban cars of the pacific electric pe. The book includes pictures and diagrams of pe cars from horse drawn to pcc streetcars. Thats a lot of it, but as ive hinted in other posts, pe was more than a downtown guy. Rail passenger service history pacific electric railway co. All were opened primarily as passenger carriers, although many survived as freight railways after passenger service ceased. Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon books best sellers.
Pacific electric red cars local and regional history books. Pacific electric railway historical society monographs book 3. Golden west books po box 80250 san marino, ca 911188250. The great names of american railroadingatchison, topeka, and santa fe. The pacific electric railway originally provided reliable transportation across more than 1,000 miles of track. Southern pacific freight car painting and lettering guide. Without the pacific railway act our countrys history would likely be very different as rail travel opened the west to new economic opportunities. Pacific electric railway historical society pacific. If we have this book, we do not need these copies in the archive. Jack finn, founder of the pacific electric railway historical society. Pacific electric railway volume three the southern division by donald duke, railroad memorabilia history book, train collector book outerbankstreasure. It was built as sp 332, class 58emc1, by american car and foundry in 1911.
Pacific electric railway historical society photos. The collection provides a comprehensive overview of the routes and areas served by the railway during the. The railway company connected all the dots on the map and was a leading player itself in. List of interurban railways in north america wikipedia. Pacific electric railway company, by van norden, rudolph w. Iron roadsrailways of nova scotia is a book about the history of the railroads of nova scotia, canada. Pacific electric rail system connected inland empire with. It was built for the southern pacific red car operation in the east bay and ran there as a red car until 1941. Creating the greatest electric railway system on earth the original pacific electric railway, incorporated in 1901 by henry huntington, was comprised of several small interurbans, too numerous to mention. Huntington, huntington had a background in electric trolley lines in san francisco where he oversaw sps effort to consolidate many. Were a specialty book publisher focusing on railroad subjects. The history and the development of the providence closely paralleled the development of the nova scotia railroads.
It contains original scholarship and fresh interpretations that set the standard in railway research. This was pacific electric tells the entire story of southern californias famous red cars. Moreau has a lifelong interest in electric railways, particularly pacific electric. Here are carefully selected articles, photographs, and art. Dk eyewitness book train story of railroads touches a great many aspects of railroading. Postwar societys affair with the automobile led to the loss of an infrastructure that could have formed the basis for an enviable modern lightrail system, one that current society would be happy to utilize.
Dk eyewitness book train story of railroads on the rail books. The pacific electric railway originally provided reliable transportation across more. For the main page, see southern pacific transportation company. The history of the southern pacific stretches from 1865 to 1998. This book, written by brian solomon, is like the others in the railroad color history series. The book is packed with pictures and diagrams of the streetcars and streetcar interiors.
Actually comprising two engines on one frame, they delivered 6,600 horsepower. At the time southern california was so vast and its population so dispersed, huntington believed the only way to tie everything together was by an interurban electric railway system. History of the 119yearold north hollywood train depot. Solomon never disappoints and always delivers books that will please any rail fan. Just when you think you know your railroad, you stumble on some new information that is transformative. The eastern division the pacific electric railway was incorporated. Jeff moore he is the author of our book, the mccloud river railroad, a detailed history of the railroad built for mccloud country logging, 1894 to 2016. Iron roads railways of nova scotia on the rail books. In his book, electric locomotives, historian brian solomon points out the first known use of a heavy rail electric locomotive took place in 1893 when general electric manufactured a small, 30ton machine featuring two axles. The lap was acquired by southern pacific in 1906 and merged into the new pacific electric railway of 1911. Chicago milwaukee st paul railway 1908 ledger okoboji iowa car service record. However, the southern pacific transportation company continued to operate freight on the tracks, as the union pacific railroad.
Along with the maps are pictures along the various routes and branches. The pacific electric railway company, nicknamed the red cars, was a privately owned mass. Jul 07, 2014 the first book is building union pacific 844, the birth of the fef3 steam class by john e. Solomon goes into great detail covering the history of the railroad and modern day operations. All the pictures are labeled allowing the reader to follow the route and recognize the areas. List of books and articles about railroad history online. Two new union pacific books union pacific historical society. The pacific electric railway was incorporated november 10, 1901 with the primary owner henry edwards huntington, collis p. Pacific electric and you think interurban and a bunch of old southern pacific railroad freight cars rumbling around downtown hollywood. Yet again, brian solomon delivers a fantastic railroad book, this time about union pacific.
Electric railway historical association of southern california. Boise state university, albertsons library, 2006, 1969. This is a list of interurban railways in north america. Not all of the red cars remain in the pacific electric paint.
The centennials were the largest diesel electric locomotives ever built. Fifty years ago, nova scotia had a marvelous rail system. A complete history of the merchants despatch company and its immense fleet of rolling stock over the years. The mount lowe preservation society was bequeathed the pacific electric railway historical society collection by its founder jack finn upon his passing some years ago in 2009, the society funded the development of an online image archive based on the peryhs collection as assembled by jack finn, and began to solicit additional contributions from the pe and lary historical community. An excellent history of the evolution of the turbine electric locomotive on the union pacific through text and photos. Automatic couplers were first added to cars in 1887. Golden west books, softcover, 112 pages, standard landscape book 10 x 8 in. The pacific electric received money from the ranchers, who also. Railroads, the pioneers building americas transportation backbone, and more. The organization is also parent to the pacific electric railway historical society and golden west books, a revered rail history publishing company based in.
Southern pacific lines across texas and louisiana 19341961. As a vice president of the southern pacific railroad sp, operated by his uncle, collis p. It spans across torrance boulevard at bow street, a short distance west of western avenue. This book contains maps of the southern and western districts of the pacific electric and its branches. It was once part of the northsouth torrance to san pedro spur line of the pacific electric railway. The pacific electric railway historical society peryhs is a nonprofit association dedicated to the preservation of. Facebook is showing information to help you better understand the purpose of a page. Railroads have been a part of orange county for over years.
At the same time, two acts of congress 1862 and 1864 initiated the building of the first transcontinental railroad. Batterdale books buys and sells secondhand books on british and overseas railways, canals, trams and buses, and industrial history. Formed in 1999, the pacific electric railway historical society was founded by jack finn here in 1979 at orange empire railway museum, perris, california, walter abbenseth, craig rasmussen and jed hughes. Northwestern pacific railroad historical society p. The collection consists of 3396 black and white photographs many with corresponding original and copy negatives, 116 unprinted glass plate negatives, memos, correspondence, press releases, and notes related to the pacific electric railway, ca. Jul 07, 2014 pacific electric rail system connected inland empire with coast. Pacific electric railway local and regional history books. Pacific electric railway historical society home facebook.
Pacific electric railroad history claudine burnett books. Founded in 1901 and terminated in 1965, pacific electric was known as the worlds great interurban. A year later it built another which utilized a pair of trucks and nosesuspended traction motors. It ran electric and steam locomotives, and eventually diesel locomotives. Both serve on the board of the pacific electric railway historical society, from. Pacific electric railway historical society pacific electric railway. This book presents the complete history of all southern pacific locomotives with ten drivers, the heavy duty workhorse engines found on the railroads entire. A pictorial album of electric railroading, compiled by donald duke, by the pacific railway journal, published by golden west books.
Pacific electric railway historical society, san gabriel, california. This book looks at newlydiscovered information about the engines construction by the american locomotive company of schenectady, n. Electric light, from power provided by storage batteries, was first used by a railroad in 1881 in england on the london, brighton, and south coast railway. Union pacific across sherman hill george drury covers the hard working big boys and challengers. Designed and built exclusively for union pacific railroad, the units were named in honor of the railroad s centennial anniversary celebration in 1969. The original company was called southern pacific railroad, the second was called. After the transcontinental railroad s completion the industry exploded. Pacific electric railway historical society history museum in san gabriel, california.
The railroad companies subcategory includes not only past and present railroads, but also railroad supplier companies such as car builders and. Of particular interest are the fluctuating cycles of rivalry and cooperation with southern pacific, santa fe and pacific electric. However, this particular book in the series lacks a map of the entire southern pacific railway system at its height. Discover the best history of railroads in best sellers. The pacific electric was also the thirdlargest railway in california in terms of freight cars handled, ranking ahead of union pacific or western pacific in traffic within california. Southern pacific in the san fernando valley 18761996. The young reader will come away with a history of railroading, how locomotives work, how railroads are built, and an understanding of the distinct types of trains and locomotive power. Weve been in business since 1960, and our books are recognized as authoritative and entertaining. Solomons book tells the history of the southern pacific railroad with a wealth of pictureslargely color pictures. Oct 31, 2011 the pacific electric railway originally provided reliable transportation across more than 1,000 miles of track. Learn more about railroad history with this selection of books available in the museum store. Bhi publications publishes railroad photo books intended for use by manufacturers and modelers.
The pacific electric railway was created in 1901 by railroad executive henry e. Trains magazine offers railroad news, railroad industry insight, commentary on todays freight railroads, passenger service amtrak, locomotive technology, railroad preservation and history, railfan opportunities tourist railroads, fan trips, and great railroad photography. Mouseplanet exploring the original pacific electric red. Mount lowe preservation society secures and shares the. The santa monica harbor long wharf was closed to shipping traffic in 19. Arizona hobbies selection of railroad books is divided into three main subcategories to help the customer see all titles available for a specific railroad company, geographic location or subject. Pacific electric railway pery was created in 1901 with henry edwards huntington as principal stockholder. Americas railroad stations, by solomon, brian, gramercy books, an imprint of random house value publishing, 2002. The northern pacific railroad, the sioux, and the panic of 1873 by m. The pacific electric name survived under southern pacific which had owned the property since 1911 until the mid1960s for freight service. Formed in 1999, the pacific electric railway historical society was founded by jack finn, walter abb. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that. The southern pacific was represented by three railroads.1193 1088 1428 692 3 1376 753 848 834 1286 957 1242 515 1364 1560 486 243 1330 364 1170 975 426 226 236 1123 165 236 1228 162 787 1396 1294 60 1315 1034