Monday, January 01, 2007

LAPIS SPUR; Monterey Branch


I'm looking for information (history) on the old sand quarry at LAPIS on the SPCo.'s Monterey branch. I know they at one time did their own switching with an old PLYMOUTH gas locomotive, 10 ton (SG) in the 1920's. At that time the company was operating under the name BAY DEVELOPMENT CO., LAPIS, CA.


Punch photograph railroad ticket

Can anyone supply an image showing a 19th century punch photograph railroad ticket (which apparently lead to Herman Hollerith's invention of the punch card for the census that was the forerunner of computers)?

" ... the conductor ... punched out a description of the individual, as light hair, dark eyes, large nose, etc. ... [which] verified that the passenger occupying the seat was in fact the same who had originally presented the ticket."

Punch Photo Ticket

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