OUR VISION

Southern Pacific Railroad History Center

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!  What is more, a large-scale operating model of Southern Pacific’s Sunset Route between El Paso and Houston, Texas will be featured to highlight operations on the Eastern Lines of the Southern Pacific System.

It is undeniably ambitious.  And necessarily so, we think, because Southern Pacific was a robust, larger-than-life railroad, being part of country’s first Transcontinental Railroad of 1869.  We have the talent, the commitment, and the phenomenal human resources and enthusiasm of former Southern Pacific employees, long-time Southern Pacific historians, and hard-working Southern Pacific restoration specialists.

A crew is reporting for duty at the west end of Southern Pacific's Englewood Yard in Houston.  Southern Pacific photo.