Pacific Electric Railway Records

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Pacific Electric Railway Records
Dates: 1907-1962
Collection Number: MS 140
Creator/Collector: Pacific Electric Railway
Extent: 5 volumes
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: Includes operating agreements, executive committee resolutions, and accounting records for Pacific Electric Railway of 1901 and Pacific Electric Railway of 1911.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Pacific Electric Railway Records. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

Acquisition Information

Operating agreements from Southern Pacific Transportation Company (San Francisco), Brannan Street. Accounting department records from The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, except Journal A, from the Southern Pacific Transportation Company, San Francisco, Brannan St. Warehouse.

Biography/Administrative History

he first Pacific Electric Railway Company was incorporated in 1901. It included 186 miles of track. It was consolidated with seven other railroads and incorporated on September 1, 1911, as a new Pacific Electric, owned and operated by Southern Pacific Company until August 1965, when it merged into Southern Pacific Company . In 1939, it included 1,068.96 miles of track and operated in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside County [Donald B. Robertson, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WESTERN RAILROAD HISTORY, Volume 4: California. Caldwell, Idaho: (Caxton Printers), pp. 178-179]

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