50 Years of Railroading in Southern California 1936-1986 edited by Tom Nelson SC
50 Years of Railroading in Southern California 1936-1986 edited by Tom A Nelson Plus updates through 1996
FOREWORD Marti Ann Draper 2
INTRODUCTION Tom Nelson 3
THE RAILROAD SCENE Chard Walker 5
THE UPS AND DOWNS OF PASSENGER SERVICE Charles Varnes 13
A DIVERSITY OF RAILWAY STATIONS William A. Myers 23
RAILROAD TECHNOLOGY Barry Draper 31
THE RAIL TRANSIT STORY William A. Myers 35
ELECTRIC RAILWAY TECHNOLOGY Jamison Handy, Jr. 63
A SELECTED CHRONOLOGY Tom Nelson 67
THE RAIL MUSEUM MOVEMENT Jim Walker 107
PACIFIC RAILROAD SOCIETY'S HISTORY AND NOTED RAIL EVENTS
1936 - 1949 Ralph Melching 111
1950 - 1961 Reynold Blight 117
1962 - 1975 Herb Johnson 119
1976 Owen Knapp 122
1977 Les Hickman 124
1978 Cecelia Ditlefsen 125
1979 Tom Nelson 127
1980 A. Wayne Melching 131
1981 Nancy Knapp 133
1982 Virginia Grupp 134
1983 Jim Minor 135
1984 Fred Knox 136
1985 Jim T. Spencer 138
OUR GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR, 1986 Tom Nelson 139
1987 - 1996 Cecelia Ditlefsen 145
SPECIAL EVENT YEARS John Petros 147
THE PRS ROLLING STOCK OUR MAINLINE PRIVATE CARS Marti Ann Draper 151 OUR TWO STREETCARS Ralph Melching 159
EXCURSIONS ARE POPULAR THE CHALLENGES OF RUNNING EXCURSIONS ... Rolland Graham 163 EXCURSIONS IN THE 1990s Barbara Sibert 166
PRS PUBLICATIONS Tom Nelson 169
A COMPILATION OF PRS FACTS
Rosters of Officers , Directors, and holders of seniority numbers 1 - 20 177
Rosters of Mount Rubidoux Chapter Officers and Directors 180
Excursion Record 181
Equipment Roster 195
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS 197
INDEX OF RAIL TRANSPORTATION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 203
FOREWORD Welcome aboard a train filled with memories. Welcome aboard a train filled with dreams. Welcome to the story of the rails and of the fruit of our labor, Pacific Railroad Society.
I was greatly honored by being elected president of PRS during its 50th Anniversary year. As one in the series of PRS presidents, I have the thrill of getting to have my name remembered. This is a special feeling, because among the legion of volunteers who have put in countless hours to preserve and to make railroad history under the banners of Railroad Boosters, and then Pacific Railroad Society, Inc., there are those whose names are not easily remembered. I sincerely hope that, in this work, you will discover the scope of their contributions and sacrifices.
Some of them did the work out of a sense of duty and community responsibility. Others enjoyed the friends they made and the good times they had while they were doing tasks for PRS. They all shared a deep love for railroading.
Not many of today's children can remember riding on the Union Pacific City streamliners. Few of our contemporaries know the thrill of the cacophony of a passing Southern Pacific cab-forward. The flash of a Santa Fe red "Warbonnet" heading a gleaming silver Super Chief is no longer seen across the plains. Still, these trains are documented and remembered, because they represented a valuable part of American life. Also remembered, because of the fine work of Tom Nelson, the many authors who contributed to this work, and the production staff, are our PRS friends of the past, for the accomplishments of PRS are their legacy.
Marti Ann Draper
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