New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Sacramento's Southern Pacific Shops by Kevin W. Hecteman. . In over 200 vintage photographs, Hecteman shares the history of the area in this new book.
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. So in 1867 in the swamps just north of town the Sacramento shops were born.
For well more than a century, this massive complex kept the Central Pacific and its corporate successor, the Southern Pacific, operating smoothly. For many decades the shops were the largest employer in the Sacramento area employing carpenters, painters, draftsmen, boilermakers, electricians, clerks, upholsterers and others. The shops' forces designed, built and maintained locomotives, freight and passenger cars and other railroading equipment.
The complex closed in 1999. Most of the area, popularly known as the Railyards, is set for redevelopment. The California State Railroad Museum handles maintenance and restoration of its collection in two of the shops’ buildings and plans to develop a Railroad Technology Museum on the site.
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