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Inventory of the Public Utilities Commission. Railroad Operations and Safety Section Records
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1. General Order 33 B, Interlockings. 1912-1970

Physical Description: 29 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of carrier.
General Order 33 B issued by the Public Utilites Commission required railroads to adhere to certain procedures in the development and maintenance of automated train control equipment. Contains formal filings with PUC, correspondence, profile maps, and assorted engineering designs. Photographs are filed separately.

2. Accident Investigation Files. 1943-81.

Physical Description: 26 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by type of accident-personal injuries, derailments, & collisions-and thereafter chronologically by date of investigation.
Investigations of railroad accidents requiring reports by carrier and PUC staff. Records include transcripts of formal hearings, correspondence, memoranda, & exhibits, principally maps and photographs. Photographs are filed separately.

3. Annual Accident Reports. 1926-61, 1976-80.

Physical Description: 30 v.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically by date of report.
Reports are based on information furnished by railroad carriers as required by PUC orders. Reports are divided into two parts: railroad highway crossings accidents and all other types of accidents. Includes statistics on type and number of accidents, property damage, comparisons with other categories of accidents, and classification of accidents by carrier. Reports for certain years are missing.

4. Special Studies. 1911-1980.

Physical Description: 10 ff.

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Arranged by study subject.
Studies are conducted by PUC staff in response to concerns expressed by carriers or public. Subjects include lumber loading, efficiency tests, weed control, full crew law, monorail systems, Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Governor's safety conference, and diesel exhaust hazards.

5. Public Utilities Commission-Secretary'S Correspondence. 1955-71.

Physical Description: 5 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent and thereafter chronologically by date written.
Includes F-G, P-R only. Contains memoranda between PUC staff and commissioners, expressions of concern by companies over PUC decisions, and fiscal and legal matters related to pending cases and applications.

6. Public Utilities Commission-General Order 77. 1965, 1970.

Physical Description: 4 reports.

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Arranged chronologically by year and thereafter alphabetically by name of company.
Sampled for the years 1965 and 1970 only. Includes information for Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company. General order 77, required by PUC and filed with the Finance Accounts Division, contains detailed data in the following areas: donations, payments made to attorneys, subscriptions to associations and dues, a list of company officers and employees making $20,000 or more per year, (General Order 77-H changed this figure to $25,000 in 1970), expenditures for certain civic, political, & related activities, & a list of other deductions.