History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen

History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen

Regular price $100.00 Sale

Used


RailroadTreasures offers the following item:
 
History of the Sunset Railway, The by John F Bergen
 
The History of the Sunset Railway by John F Bergen   NOTICE the puncture in the dust jacket, lightly on book.  see photos
Including the McKittrick Branch of the Southern pacific Company
Hard Cover with dust jacket
114 pages
Copyright 1994
Table of Contents
ChapterPage
I.Overview of Early Oil and Rail Development 2
II.Southern Pacific and the McKittrick Branch 6
III.Trains, Structures and Events  12
IV.The Sunset Railway, Background and History 26
V.Stations and Sidings34
VI.Physical Characteristics 48
VII.Industries, Past and Present60
VIII.Personalities  66
IX.Trains, Consists and Events 72
X.The 1980s and 1990s86
XI.Projections for the Future94
Appendices
A.Chronological Development 102
B.Notes 104
Bibliography 106
Glossary 110
Index 112
DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION:                                                                                                            This is the story of Kern County's oil boom rail lines-built by the Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe Railroads. Together, the Sunset Railway and the SP's McKittrick Branch boasted just over 100 miles of track stretching west of Bakersfield to the oil fields on the slopes of the Coast Range.
The Sunset Railway was controlled and alternately operated by two competing railroads, the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific. Today, it remains in their control, but its trackage remains nominally independent.
In the 1890s, rails were slung west across the San Joaquin Valley to the asphalt pits at aptly-named Asphalto. In those days, tar was a solution for the dust and mud problems of city streets. Trains began running in 1892 to deliver the black, sticky stuff to street-paving sites all over California.
Meanwhile, south of McKittrick, the enormous pool of the Sunset Oil Fields was opening. Huge quantities of oil were ready for shipment, and rails were needed to bring in drilling equipment, supplies and laborers.
Local capitalists first promoted a railroad-but it was the Southern Pacific and newly-arrived Santa Fe that actually pushed the Sunset Railway to completion. The Railway became hugely profitable, providing the most efficient means of transportation.
In the 1990s, tracks are still there, but times have changed. Most oil doesn't travel by rail anymore, and beyond Buena Vista Lake the tracks lie unused, rusting, waiting for trains that may never return. Trackage to Buttonwillow was recently taken over by the San Joaquin Valley Railroad. Meanwhile, the population of Bakersfield is presently equivalent to that of Sacramento in the 1960s; how many people will live here twenty years hence? Will they ride to jobs and schools and shopping on rail transit-on routes that occupy the present track alignments of the Sunset Railway?
Join historian John Bergman as he explores the fascinating story of Kern County's own railroad boom and bust. This up-to-the-minute account illustrates old days as well as the present.
Come take a ride to yesterday on the Sunset Railway!
All pictures are of the actual item.  If this is a railroad item, this material is obsolete and no longer in use by the railroad.  Please email with questions. Publishers of Train Shed Cyclopedias and Stephans Railroad Directories. Large inventory of railroad books and magazines. Thank you for buying from us.

Shipping charges
Postage rates quoted are for shipments to the US only.    Ebay Global shipping charges are shown. These items are shipped to Kentucky and then ebay ships them to you. Ebay collects the shipping and customs / import fees.   For direct postage rates to these countries, send me an email.   Shipping to Canada and other countries varies by weight.

Payment options
Payment must be received within 10 days. Paypal is accepted.

Terms and conditions
All sales are final. Returns accepted if item is not as described.  Contact us first.  No warranty is stated or implied. Please e-mail us with any questions before bidding.   

Thanks for looking at our items.