MS 617 contains business records from Short Line Enterprises, Inc. [SLE], collected by SLE co-founder, Logan Stanley Garner.
The correspondence and notes in these files were addressed to or generated by Mr. Garner.
Short Line Enterprises, Inc., a California corporation in operation between 1967 and 1988, purchased, restored and operated
historic railroad equipment. It also provided research assistance relating to railroad equipment restoration.
The company was formed in 1967 by William A. Oden and Logan Stanley Garner, with the intent of operating an excursion railroad,
the Rogue River Valley Railroad. For this venture the pair acquired railroad equipment from three Hollywood motion picture
studios : MGM, Paramount Pictures, and Twentieth Century Fox.
After plans for the Rogue River Valley Railroad fell through, the company added two partners, Ron G. Steiner and Robert D.
Verkuyl, and shifted its emphasis to the acquisition and restoration of railroad equipment for use in motion pictures, television
shows, and commercials. SLE leased Southern Pacific's Santa Paula Branch upon which to operate SLE equipment in such films
as "Throw Momma from the Train," "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and "The Three Amigos."
SLE also prepared feasibility reports and performed railroad equipment restoration services for several Los Angeles area restaurants,
the Kansas State Historical Society, the Nevada State Railroad Museum, and the California State Railroad Museum. SLE restored
equipment for use on the Virginia & Truckee, Sierra Railroad and the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of
the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.