Includes 2,318 varnished ink and pencil drawings drafted at the Southern Pacific shops in Sacramento, California. Used as
patterns for locomotive engines, equipment, tools and other materials built in the Shops between 1868-1899.
In 1862, the Central Pacific Railroad was founded and began building eastward from Sacramento as part of the transcontinental
railroad. This required a shop capable of keeping the railroad's equipment in running order. In 1867, in the swamps just north
of town, the Sacramento shops were born. In 1870, a holding company was formed to include Central and Southern Pacific Railroad.
When the Southern Pacific leased the Central Pacific Railroad in 1885, the Shops became known as the Southern Pacific Railroad
Ink and pencil on varnished board
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