Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Truckee to Ogden on a freight train in 1938

From: "Duane Boehm" duaneboehm@bellsouth.net

Thank you for taking the time to read this and providing information if possible. I am beginning research for a novel I am working on. In it I plan to have a character in the year 1938 hop a freight train in Truckee and ride it to Ogden. Would this be feasible and fairly common for that period? I have looked at schedules where possible and it seems as if the times to reach destination changed drastically from 1881 to 1945. so any information on the schedule for 1938 or there abouts would be great. Another question is concerning railroad detectives, were they still in force or had it been handed off to local towns by then? Was there a particular town known for busting vagabonds? Any additional information that you think helpful would be greatly appreciated. Was the railroad still called Central Pacific even though it had been taking over by Southern Pacific at that time? Once again thank you for your efforts.

—Duane Boehm


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See the Official Guide of the Railways, 1921.

5/29/2012 10:04 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

The Central Pacific Railroad still existed as a legal entity in 1938, but the public would know the railroad as the Southern Pacific.

5/31/2012 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suspect that the group of people interested in the 19th century construction of the first transcontinental railroad and the people interested in the hobos of the great depression era don't have much overlap, so your question would be better directed to the latter.

5/31/2012 10:32 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Duane Boehm" duaneboehm@bellsouth.net

Thank you for all your help.


6/01/2012 1:51 PM  

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