Short Line Enterprises Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Short Line Enterprises Collection
Dates: 1962-1989
Collection Number: MS 617
Creator/Collector: Garner, Logan Stanley Oden, William A., 1938-1983 Short Line Enterprises
Extent: 18 boxes + 8 half-boxes
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: MS 617 contains business records from Short Line Enterprises, Inc. [SLE], collected by SLE co-founder, Logan Stanley Garner. The correspondence and notes in these files were addressed to or generated by Mr. Garner.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Short Line Enterprises Collection. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

Acquisition Information

Gift of Logan Stanley Garner, 2003.

Biography/Administrative History

Short Line Enterprises, Inc., a California corporation in operation between 1967 and 1988, purchased, restored and operated historic railroad equipment. It also provided research assistance relating to railroad equipment restoration. The company was formed in 1967 by William A. Oden and Logan Stanley Garner, with the intent of operating an excursion railroad, the Rogue River Valley Railroad. For this venture the pair acquired railroad equipment from three Hollywood motion picture studios : MGM, Paramount Pictures, and Twentieth Century Fox. After plans for the Rogue River Valley Railroad fell through, the company added two partners, Ron G. Steiner and Robert D. Verkuyl, and shifted its emphasis to the acquisition and restoration of railroad equipment for use in motion pictures, television shows, and commercials. SLE leased Southern Pacific's Santa Paula Branch upon which to operate SLE equipment in such films as "Throw Momma from the Train," "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and "The Three Amigos." SLE also prepared feasibility reports and performed railroad equipment restoration services for several Los Angeles area restaurants, the Kansas State Historical Society, the Nevada State Railroad Museum, and the California State Railroad Museum. SLE restored equipment for use on the Virginia & Truckee, Sierra Railroad and the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Scope and Content of Collection

MS 617 is arranged into six series, with some series further divided. Series 1. PROJECT FILES Subseries 1.1. Motion Picture and Television Projects Sub-Subseries 1.1.1 General Business Sub-Subseries 1.1.2 Specific Projects Series 2. FINANCIAL RECORDS Subseries 2.1 Financial Statements and Summaries Subseries 2.2 Insurance Subseries 2.3 Invoices Sub-subseries 2.3.1 Incoming invoices Series 3. CORRESPONDENCE Series 4. NOTES Series 5. ADMINISTRATION Series 6. EQUIPMENT Related collections include papers of SLE partner, William A. Oden (MS 420). The Stephen E. Drew Railroad Equipment Restoration Report Collection (MS 606) includes information about restoration reports prepared for SLE by Mr. Drew.

Indexing Terms

Drew, Stephen E.

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