Welcome to the
Southern Pacific Historical
& Technical Society
We are dedicated to preserving and disseminating the historical record of the Southern Pacific Railroad and its affiliates. We support railfanning, industrial archeology and accurate scale modeling of this great pioneer railroad of the western United States.
Everyone is welcome to join the Society and share member benefits, which include the excellent quarterly journal TRAINLINE, an informative quarterly newsletter, an exciting annual convention, and the opportunity to serve other dedicated Southern Pacific fans and modelers.
Baywindow Mercantile features an extensive variety of widely praised and highly informative books on SP history, operations, and equipment. The store also offers back issues of Trainline and a convenient way to apply for or renew membership in the society.
NEW — Complete, downloadable Trainline index, issues 1-125. Click here!
SP models website — click here!
The Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society is pleased to announce the release of its new book, Southern Pacific Freight Car Painting and Lettering Guide by Dick Harley & Anthony W. Thompson. This guide has been designed as a companion to the Southern Pacific Painting & Lettering Guide for locomotive and passenger cars published by the SPH&TS in 2013. It illustrates how Southern Pacific (and subsidiaries) owned freight cars were painted and lettered over the years, as well as PMT trucking equipment used in TOFC service and rail cars from wholly-owned rail car leasing companies Evergreen and Golden West. Extensive coverage of painting and lettering practices for Pacific Fruit Express equipment is also included. Coverage begins with the emergence of Common Standard practices in the 1880s (1906 for PFE) and continues through 1996. All information in this volume is based on official SP and Pacific Fruit Express, car and locomotive builder documents, plans and drawings. This book will be useful as a tool for historians and modelers. 11" x 8 1/2" library bound, 192 pages, full color throughout.
MEMBER DISCOUNT DOES NOT APPLY TO ONLINE BOOK ORDERS. Members will receive discount flyer in their Trainline, due out 10/5.
The Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society is pleased to announce the publication of their new book, Southern Pacific Official Cars - Business, Private, Instruction, Hospital, and Company Service Cars by Donald M. Munger & Jeffrey Alan Cauthen. This massive volume details the history of Southern Pacific and its Subsidiaries' (both Pacific Lines and Texas & Louisiana Lines) Official Cars, as well as Sud Pacífico de México Official Cars and those of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway and Pacific Electric Railway. 590 photos, 176 in color, and 110 plans. 528 pp.