Southern Pacific Shops in Sacramento
Started by the Central Pacific Railroad in 1869, this site was expanded after it and Southern Pacific Railroad merged but closed due to the Panic of 1907. Reopened during World War I and expanded until 1974's recession. Here is history, images and the people who worked there.
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Saw Grandfather on a field trip to the Shops
1960 | Sacramento, California
One day my school took a field trip to the SP 'shops'. While there, I remember passing some big railroad car wheels... just stacked up there in the area. I also remember seeing some kind of glowing furnace. Somewhere in the course of the visit, I saw my grandfather, Victor Lo Forte, Sr. I don't remember what he was doing, just that he was in that area.
Bob Coker's Retirement
1937 | Sacramento, California
Have a picture of my grandfather and his co-workers titled Bob Koker Retires, 1937. I haven't been able to locate where on the Shop site it was taken. Anyone able to help? According to the 1930 census, Robert S Coker was an Core-maker at the Southern Pacific Foundry and my Grandfather was an Iron-molder at the Shops. I would love to know who the other folks in this image are as well.