Monday, February 20, 2006

Station Plats

From: "Tom Macaulay"

How can I get a list of station plats in the Sierra, and how can I get copies of specific plats? Also, how do I find out if there are photos of the stations?

—Tom, Reno.


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


The station plats were given to several locations and include the following: Nevada and Utah to Nevada Historical Society in Reno – contact Eric Moody; Oregon to Oregon Historical Society in Portland; Others were given to CSRM in Sacramento – contact Stephen Drew, Kyle Wyatt or Ellen Haltemann. I have copies of them all but the above can provide professional copies, if desired.

—Lynn Farrar

2/20/2006 11:24 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


You could search the online catalog of the California State Railroad Museum. The user interface is not always the most friendly, but keep at it. In a quick search onder Southern Pacific, Stations, I came up with a few. There may well be more. Photos would be a separate question to ask the library staff.

Better yet, visit the CSRM Library. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00.


2/20/2006 11:27 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

For original construction era photographs by A.A. Hart, see:




2/20/2006 11:30 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Larry Mullaly"

I can help you with the station-plat portion of your question. The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento has a bound volume of station plats for all depots over the Sierras as the were in the early 1880s. You can obtain reduced-size photocopies of individual stations, and access the original pages for "white-gloved" examination.

These are catalogued as MS79 Central Pacific Railroad Collection, Property Map Books: Central Pacific Box 13 [Vol. 2] California and Oregon Railroad Grant north of Sacramento and east of Sacramento to the Nevada state line.

—Larry Mullaly

2/20/2006 11:39 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


After you get the page of the California State Railroad Museum Library, go to "Search the library online catalogs" (you'll have to go to this twice) and then go to "Technical Drawings" and then on the search screen, for "Corporate Name," type in Southern Pacific, and for "Description," type in the name of the station you are interested in. The library can have copies made of the drawings in their collection.

Photos of SP depots, mostly taken in the 1950s and showing all sides of the buildings, can be purchased from Bob Morris Photography in Dunsmuir. He has a website.

The Roy Graves Pictorial Collection in the Brancroft Library at U.C. Berkeley has many depot photos and I believe copies can be ordered. To see the list of SP photos, ... go to Series 4, Subseries 8, then click, and on the next page, scroll waaaayy down on the left to the "Container List" for Series 4, Subseries 8 (if the link I gave doesn't work, do a google search for Roy Graves Pictorial Collection and look for that address near the top of the page that comes up).

Kern Meeker of Roundhouse Hobbies and Antiques also has depot photos for sale which are made from original negatives. Address: Box 4001, Stockton, CA 95204, 209-943-0913. However, it may be difficult to reach him by mail or phone – there are periods when he prefers to sell his depot photos only at train shows. The next show for him will probably be the Winterrail show in Stockton on March 11 (I've purchased from him a photo of the carbody freight house at New England Mills (mp 137.6 on the Sacramento Division) taken in 1941 by Ralph Demoro).

—John Sweetser

2/21/2006 6:34 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "John Snyder"

Station plats are also held at the California State Archives, along with alignment maps and other such goodies.

—John Snyder

2/21/2006 6:41 AM  

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