Rail Equipment

Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive 1237

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A rare S-10, super-heated switcher built in 1918, this steam locomotive was used in railyards to move freight and passenger cars from one track to another up until 1956. (See these in Google Photos)

Southern Pacific Caboose 726

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Built in 1916, this caboose, along with many others, ran on the end of freight trains up until the early 1970s. Cabooses were the offices for the conductor, as well as a home-away-from-home for the train crew. (See these in Google Photos)

Railway Express Agency Building

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Fruit Growers Express Refrigerator Car

This 1923 wooden car carried produce that was kept fresh by depositing large blocks of ice through the roof at both ends of the car.

Railway Express Agency/Post Office Car

The steel Railway Post Office/Railway Express Agency (RPO/REA) car was constructed in 1924. For over 100 years, American railroads had an exclusive contract with the U.S. Postal Service to transport long-distance mail. Dedicated mailmen would sort parcels while the train was in transit, a tradition that began as early as 1862.