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Railroad Film Collection
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Description
The California State Railroad Museum Library's railroad film collection includes film and video documenting railroad operations and history, primarily in California and Western states, though also in some other geographic regions. The collection includes both commercial and amateur film and video footage. Some topics covered include railroad facilities, steam and diesel locomotives, freight and passenger trains, railroad instructional films, streetcars, train robberies, logging railroads, tourist railroads, and railfan excursion trips. Content of particular northern California interest includes construction of the Oroville dam, railroad ferries in the San Francisco Bay area, and trips aboard well-known named trains, such as the "California Zephyr" with its dome cars. Also included are videos of some the Museum's institutional history.
Extent
Approximately 1,900 items
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from motion pictures 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.
Availability
The collection is stored off-site. Please contact the library in advance of your visit.