Welcome to the
Southern Pacific Historical
& Technical Society
We are dedicated to preserving and disseminating the historical record of the Southern Pacific Railroad and its affiliates. We support railfanning, industrial archeology and accurate scale modeling of this great pioneer railroad of the western United States.
Everyone is welcome to join the Society and share member benefits, which include the excellent quarterly journal TRAINLINE, an informative quarterly newsletter, an exciting annual convention, and the opportunity to serve other dedicated Southern Pacific fans and modelers.
Baywindow Mercantile features an extensive variety of widely praised and highly informative books on SP history, operations, and equipment. The store also offers back issues of Trainline and a convenient way to apply for or renew membership in the society.
On the Lineup... Southern Pacific and the Krauss Maffei Hydraulics by Robert Zenk due in April 2014.
NEW — Complete, downloadable Trainline index, issues 1-117. Click here!
Stanford's CESTA interdisciplinary history group is currently running a project called "Living with the Railroads". This project, being done with Historypin.com, is exploring ways to crowdsource historical research. Historypin is the same history website that did the recent "Year of the Bay" project to share photos of life around San Francisco Bay.
The "Living with the Railroads" team just sent out an invitation for interested SP model railroaders, historians, and local history folks to attend an event on March 21 at Stanford. They plan to retrieve of the Southern Pacific company records from the library's collection, give participants a chance to look through and find interesting material, then share that content on Historypin. Participants will also be able to share their own content on Historypin to encourage conversations with other Historypin users.
If you can make it to the Bay Area on March 21 and would be interested in participating, fill out their invite form.
View the full Living with the Railroads site.
The society has been able to locate 12 new copies of Volume 1 of the society's publication Southern Pacific Passenger Cars: Coaches and Chair Cars. These books will not be reprinted and are limited to one copy per customer. Sold on Amazon for $300, we will offer these rare copies at $200 each. NO PHONE ORDERS — COMPANY STORE ONLY. Click here to order! Not a member? Click here to join.
New! New! New! SP models website — click here!
A vivid and personal pictorial of the fascinating parade of these unique locomotives. History, development, modifications and experimental features are discussed. Much of the information has never been published. 300 pages, library bound with bibliography and index. 300 Black and White and Color photos, including some previously unpublished photos by Alan Aske. Remember your membership discount. Click here to order! Not a member? Click here to join.
Available Now at the Company Store!
Southern Pacific Painting & Lettering Guide by Jeffery Alan Cauthen & John R. Signor
We are happy to offer this companion book to our passenger car series. Illustrates paint and lettering schemes for both passenger car and locomotives from 1913-1996. Remember your membership discount. Click here to order! Not a member? Click here to join.