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Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway Records
MS 632  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway Records
    Dates: 1911-1980
    Collection Number: MS 632
    Creator/Collector: Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Abstract: Contains records of the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway.
    Language of Material: English


    This collection is open for research at our off-site storage facility with one week's notice. Contact Library & Archives staff to arrange for access.

    Publication Rights

    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 Capital District Collections Manager. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway Records. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Royce Hall ["Coos Bay"], 1989; gift of Paul MacDonald [Statements], 2003; gift of Southern Pacific Transportation Company [Physical valuation].

    Biography/Administrative History

    The Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway Company, incorporated on June 20, 1903, had 36.15 miles of track in Sonoma County running from Petaluma to Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, and branch lines. It became an operating subsidiary of Northwestern Pacific Railroad on March 1, 1932 and merged into NWP effective October 31, 1985. The P&SR also operated tug and passenger boats between Petaluma and San Francisco.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Material from the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway includes the California Railroad Commission valuation report of June 30, 1912 as well as a 1914 supplementary report with revisions to the original valuation. There are expense bills from 1911 (Form F 15), a Northwestern Pacific (NWP) Motive Power Department file on Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway (P&SR) repairs to various barges and tugs, which includes memos, requisition forms, receipts, and authorities for expenditures pertaining to the repair, purchase, retirement and sale of barges 4 and 5, plus the replacement of the tug "Golden Eagle" by the "Coos Bay." Statements of siding mileage between 1949 and 1980 (Form L 3156) contain information about tracks used for spurs, sidings, wyes and drills including their location and extent, route number, line number, SPINS number, frog number, rail weight and section, and companies served. Statements of joint trackage, terminal and interchange facilities (Form L 3158) for 1958 to 1968 include information about Northwestern Pacific owned and Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway operated facilities such as location, lengths of track, agreement audit numbers, dates, and conditions. Arranged by document type.