Monday, July 04, 2005

British or Indian Rail in San Francisco

From: "Larry Mullaly"

This past week I had the chance to examine a summary of 1873 Central Pacific Engineering Records at CSRM in Sacramento. These indicate that by December of that year approximately 7000 feet of "Republic and Hindoostan" (15,740 ft. in all) of 50 lb iron track had been laid, most likely across a pier, in today's Mission Bay area commencing at King Street. CP Huntington was a creative purchaser, but this is a new wrinkle of which I have not previously heard. Any insights would be appreciated.