The Sacramento Northern Railway was once a critical interurban link between California s northern Central Valley communities, the state capital, and the Bay Area Running through orchards, farmland, swamps, and cities, this electric railway began its life in 1905 Service eventually ran from Chico to Oakland, but after the Bay Bridge opened in 1939, the 186 mile route started in San Francisco s Financial District, crossed the bridge on the lower deck, ran through Contra Costa County towns like Moraga, Lafayette, and Pittsburg, across the Suisun straits on the massive rail ferry Ramon which could hold an entire train , and into Sacramento, the halfway point From there, the train continued through rolling hills and farms on to Marysville, and finally to Chico before making its return journey The Sacramento Northern soldiered on until World War II, but eventually the growing car culture, along with competing diesel railroads, undid this splendid line Interurban passenger service ended in 1941, and the various lines were gradually abandoned or dieselized Today a 22 mile segment of the route remains in operation at the Bay Area Electric Railway Museum in Solano County....
|Title||:||Sacramento Northern Railway (Images of Rail)|
|Publisher||:||Arcadia Publishing September 12, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||128 pages|
|File Size||:||691 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Sacramento Northern Railway (Images of Rail) Reviews
Well written with very interesting pictures. The Sacramento Northern Railway ran through my area so I have a special interest in it! Select units of this railway still live on at the Rio Vista Western Railway Museum.
I'm very interested in interurban's history and rolling stock, regardless of their geographical location. Undoubtely, USA's interurbans are (were) the widest field of interest: among them, Sacramento Northern was a must for every railfan. This book helps who never have known this interurban (even for geographical reason: I live in Italy!) to achieve a comprehensive knowledge on what it was. Very enjoyable.
Having visited the Museum/Railroad off and on for 30 years I can assure everyone that this is great look back at the line. The recent creation of the new Museum/car barn is truly a sight to see. Also the staff and volunteers have opened an additional few miles of track for operations. Buy the book, ride the equipment. Highly recommend.
Very rolling stock heavy. I would have preferred a little more context (infrastructure, customers, etc.).
Great pictures. Not a lot of narrative.
Fans of the Sacramento Northern have to search high and low for reasonably priced books on their favourite electric railroad. This book will please the casual fan and the detail freaks alike. There is good reproduction quality of the photos, some of which have surfaced for the first time. My only quibble is the need for more detailed maps. But then, I'm a map freak.