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First Special Fast Fruit Train

First Special Fast Fruit Train
A photo of a train and crowd on a specially printed mount that has special typographic decorative devices. The text reads: "First Special Fast Fruiit Train / Shipped June 24, 1886. / Chartered by W. R. Strong & Co. and Edwin T. Earl, Fruit Packers and Shippers, Sacramento, California." Two labeled freight cars appear behind the locomotive and tender. People stand on and next to the equipment, and one woman in white with a parasol dominates the group alongside the locomotive, suggesting that she was a figure of importance. The train consisted of 16 carloads. The chartering companies arranged for a Southern Pacific train to carry fruit east from California, apparently the first train used for this purpose. "The transportation cost of this train $4,500, being the first shipment at the new rate of $300 per car, granted to special fruit trains," according to the "Los Angeles Times" (June 25, 1886). Orchestrated events like this image have long been photographed, and the photographs made into promotional materials.
Source Oakland Museum of California
Coverage Spatial, Sacramento, California; temporal, 1886
Rights Oakland Museum of California
Date Created 1886-06-24
Creator
Resource Type
Format
Classification
Extent Not available.
Depicted Railroad
Location Sacramento, California
Image Type Railroad celebration advertising
Train Type Fruit train
Equipment, Locomotive Illegible
Collection Oakland Museum of California, Gift of Southern Pacific Railroad
Institution
Image ID H4695.82
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