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... TSP Freight Car and PFE Reefer Paint and Lettering Guide (due September 2015); Southern Pacific Business Cars by Donald M. Munger & Jeffrey Alan Cauthen, (due fall 2015.)
NEW — Complete, downloadable Trainline index, issues 1-121. Click here!
2016 Convention information is available on the Convention page. Updated December 9, 2015.
SP models website — click here!
The Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society is pleased to announce the publication of their new book, Southern Pacific Official Cars - Business, Private, Instruction, Hospital, and Company Service Cars by Donald M. Munger & Jeffrey Alan Cauthen. This massive volume details the history of Southern Pacific and its Subsidiaries' (both Pacific Lines and Texas & Louisiana Lines) Official Cars, as well as Sud Pacífico de México Official Cars and those of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway and Pacific Electric Railway. 590 photos, 176 in color, and 110 plans. 528 pp.
The Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society is pleased to announce the release of its new book, The Southern Pacific Trackside at Transition - The Photography of Alden A. Armstrong by Alden A. Armstrong. This 320 page landscape book contains 224 black and white and 145 color photos, most of which have never been published.