SP Train No. 98, the Coast Daylight, races through Carpinteria, California on October 31, 1954. Photo by Bob Slocum-Moreau, courtesy Western Railway Museum.
The mission of the Southern Pacific Railroad History Center is to preserve the heritage of the Southern Pacific System, its employees, and display its legacy for all ages to enjoy by witnessing a world-class model railroad diorama, interpretive exhibits, a public archive, and a website allowing those in the United States and throughout the world, a comprehensive virtual experience.
It is a bold plan: to house a substantial Southern Pacific archive with public and on-line access; preserve and promote artifacts of Southern Pacific history; promote awareness of the Southern Pacific System’s unique legacy primarily west of the Mississippi River; and to top it off with a world-class operating scale model of the Southern Pacific, with scenes reaching from Roseville, California to Ogden, Utah and points beyond!
A railroad bridge over an arm of the Llano River, on Southern Pacific’s abandoned 29-mile branch line between Burnet and Llano, Texas. This photo was taken in April 2012 by Buddy Park