[San Francisco: 1898]. ,142,pp. plus six supplemental leaves tipped in. 12mo. Original black calf, cover gilt. Heavy wear to covers with some loss to gilt lettering, spine heavily worn. Burn damage to upper gutter corner, not affecting text. With numerous pasteovers and manuscript corrections in text. Light soiling and wear to text; several plates at rear with tape at folds, one plate partially detached but present. Good. Item #1512
Handbook for the Maintenance of Way Department of the Southern Pacific Railroad for 1898, with numerous corrections and updates to the text, including pasteovers, manuscript cancellations, and inserted supplements. This copy belonged to Foreman Peter Johannes, and seems to have seen a significant amount of use. Contained here are rules and instructions for a wide array of railroad employees, including roadmasters, bridge superintendents, trackmen, bridgemen, and other watchmen. The principal portion of the text comprises nearly 370 general rules and regulations, such as those governing the adjustment of woodtruss bridges, lining and surfacing track, keeping clear rights of way, and establishing standards for numerous other basic repairs on track, ties, signals, and other critical infrastructure. A short appendix contains laws from the several states in which Southern Pacific operated regarding the accidental killing of livestock by trains and railroad employees. At the rear are thirty-eight plates (included in the pagination), many folding, with reference diagrams for track and other maintenance projects. Several of the plates have manuscript notation on them as "cancelled" and others seem to have been added at the end as replacements. An interesting copy of this rare manual -- we locate four copies in OCLC, at New York Public Library, University of Michigan, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas.