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Kuhn (Gene H.) Collection
MS 878  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Accruals
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical information
  • Additional Collection Guides
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Separated Materials
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives
    Title: Gene H. Kuhn collection
    Creator: Kuhn, Gene H.
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 878
    Physical Description: 10.3 Linear Feet 7 record cartons + 5 oversize boxes
    Date (inclusive): May 1885-1986
    Abstract: The Gene Kuhn collection includes records, maps, and photographs of railroads across the United States collected by Gene Kuhn, who worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and Alaska Railroad in the 1970s and 1980s.
    Physical Location: Statewide Museum Collections Center: I2.212.R1 Boxes 1-3 I2.212. R2 Boxes 4-6 I2.212.R3 Boxes 7, OV 1, OV 2, OV 3 I2.212.R4 Boxes OV 4, OV 5
    Language of Material: English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research by appointment. Contact Library Staff.


    Additional accruals are expected.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Gene Kuhn, 2020


    MS 878 is arranged into 4 series:
    Series 1. Southern Pacific Railroad
    Series 2. Western Pacific Railroad
    Series 3. Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
    Series 4. Other Companies

    Biographical information

    Gene Kuhn was born in Yuba City, California in November of 1946. Gene graduated from Yuba City High School and completed two years at Yuba College. During his high school years he worked at the Del Monte Cannery on Plumas Street south of Bridge Street. One of his jobs for Del Monte was driving a forklift loading trucks. Gene lived most of his entire life in Sutter County with about 9 years spent in Yuba City. He has watched Yuba City grow from a population of around 3,000 people in the late 1940's to over 50,000 today.
    After his tour of duty in the Navy, Gene went to work for Pacific Gas & Electric. His main passion was to work for the Southern Pacific, and after 6 months with PG & E, Gene was hired by Southern Pacific in September of 1971 as a laborer at the SP's Sacramento General Shops, than became a locomotive machinist apprentice, and after 3 years as an apprentice he became a Journeyman Machinist. He was a member of IAM, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
    After a downturn in the nation's economy, Gene was laid off from Southern Pacific. He then moved to Alaska in 1983 to become a machinist for the Alaska Railroad (ARR).

    Additional Collection Guides

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gene H. Kuhn Collection, MS 878, California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives, Sacramento, California.

    Scope and Contents

    The Gene Kuhn collection includes records, maps, and photographs of railroads across the United States collected by Gene Kuhn, who worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and Alaska Railroad in the 1970s and 1980s. The focus is on the movement of freight and passengers. The collection includes freight and baggage agent's waybills, ticket invoices, tariffs, correspondence, bulletins and notices, clearance record booklets, train and enginemen time reports, agent seal record books, accident reports, photographs, and blue prints. Other materials include tariffs, train register tickets, conductors time return forms, perishable freight service reports, a freight damage log, employee time record/ reports book, and a letter press book.

    Separated Materials

    Four trade catalogs: AMTRAK / GE AMD 103 DC: DASH AND POWER ELECTRICAL, PRESS HANDBOOK: FACTS, FIGURES, FEATURES ON THE GENERAL MOTORS TRAIN OF TOMORROW, 1947, New York Air Brake Company's Instruction pamphlet No. 68 "No. 6-SL brake equipment for switching locomotives", Jan. 1954 and the Westinghouse Air Brake Company's instruction pamphlet No. 5066 "24-RL brake equipment for all classes of locomotives automatic and electro-pneumatic operation with safety, overspeed, train and speed governor controls", Mar. 1948 were removed and placed in the CSRM trade catalogue collection. The following items have been physically separated from the Kuhn collection: "The Alaska Railroad: 60 years and going proud", Jul. 16, 1983, "The Alaska Railroad safety awards program, 1981, The Alaska Railroad Telephone Directory, Jul. 1978, Jan. 1979 and Jul. 1984, W. E. Arnold. ARNOLD'S TELEGRAPH CODES NO. 25 FOR TRAFFIC, ACCOUNTING AND CLAIM DEPARTAMENTS OF RAILWAY AND STEAMSHIP LINES, 1910, Association of American Railroads. INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE MANUAL FOR COUPLERS, COUPLER PARTS, AND COUPLER OPERATING MECHANISM ON FREIGHT EQUIPMENT CARS, ADOPTED 1953, Sep. 1954, Clifford D. O'Brien and Solomon Sachs. THE MEANING AND APPLICATION OF THE AIR-BRAKE PROVISIONS OF THE FEDERAL SAFETY APPLIANCE ACT, General Motors Electro-Motive Division, TRACING SCHEMATIC WIRING DIAGRAMS ON DIESEL ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES, Oct. 1952, Southern Pacific Company. Sacramento terminal industry directory, Jul. 1, 1962 and Apr. 1, 1965, and Southern Pacific Transportation Company. Telephone directory, Jul. 1988.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the CSRM Library & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Southern Pacific Railroad Company. Sacramento Division
    Western Pacific Railroad Company
    Railroad repair shops- Employees
    Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Alaska Railroad
    Sacramento Northern