Friday, December 4, 2015

Announcing Santa Cruz Trains Quarterly Bulletin

Fresh off the presses!
Santa Cruz Trains Quarterly Bulletin

I would like to take this moment to announce the first issue of the Santa Cruz Trains Quarterly Bulletin. I have taken it upon myself to act as the editor-in-chief of an ongoing quarterly newsletter that will document and publicize local railroading information including current events, benefits, public meetings, historical discoveries, and ongoing projects.

It is my sincere wish that all or most local railroad operators and their employees will help in some manner to get this project off the ground. I do not seek renumeration for the project and I do not offer any for my contributors. This is intended to be a locally-led and locally-supported crowd-sourced bulletin with input from all sides. The scope of the bulletin covers Roaring Camp Railroads, Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway, Swanton Pacific Railroad, Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Golden Gate Railroad Museum, and the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. It will also cover any other organizations that are temporarily or permanently involved with railroading activity including its promotion, documentation, or dialogue.

Hypothetically, this is a project that has no set end. As railroading activity increases in Santa Cruz County over the coming years, it is my sincere hope that this bulletin will continue to promote its utilization and expansion. In the face of constant criticism of local railroading projects, it is essential that the Santa Cruz County pro-rail community shares a united front. This bulletin can be a vessel of that campaign. Perhaps someday railroad access will return to Monterey, San Juan Bautista, or even Los Gatos. It is essential that the community is involved in the support and advancement of a pro-rail agenda within Santa Cruz County and its neighboring counties.

With that said, this first issue is a preview of the first bulletin distributed now to promote the Los Gatos Holiday Parade this Saturday and the various holiday-related activities promoted by Roaring Camp, the Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway, and the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad. Christmas is an especially important time for local railroading ventures so the support of such activities is needed to advance our collective goal of restoring passenger railroad service to Santa Cruz County.

Join with me in welcoming this quarterly bulletin and please contact me to contribute stories, photographs, articles, letters to the editor, recent news, personal histories, recent discoveries, or anything else railroad-related—past or present—that suits your fancy. This is your bulletin and will be as long or as short as the material you provide requires. I don't want it to become simply a marketing vessel for local railroading organizations but rather I'd like a full integration of information  relating to every aspect of local railroading. Please help make this bulletin something great.

The first issue is available here:
Santa Cruz Trains Quarterly Bulletin – January-March (Preview Edition)

Thank you for your support!
Derek R. Whaley
Editor-in-chief

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Second Revision Now Available + New Addendum Content

Second Revision Now Available!
Haven't purchased a copy of Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains yet? Or do you have a gift to buy for a friend or family member for Christmas? Well, good news: a second revision to the Santa Cruz Trains is now available for purchase from CreateSpace. This version includes around 30 minor corrections and fixes as well as some behind-the-scenes layout reformatting. In addition, a new page has been added near the beginning showcasing a mile-marker survey of the railroad route throughout its 140-year history.

Get the Book Here and receive a $5.00 discount by using the coupon code posted on the page: 
https://www.createspace.com/5330016


New Addenda Content
Already own Santa Cruz Trains or still wanting more? Well I've got you covered too. I've completely revamped portions of my original Addenda, released in June, to better suit continuous updating. That means more material should come with every revision of the book. And I've got some fun stuff planned for future releases, so definitely stay tuned.

This current Addenda includes a nearly-complete list of all the changes since the first edition (February 2015) in page order. It also includes a new two-page spread showcasing three photographs that have appeared from Wildwood, with accompanying descriptive captions. Finally, this Addendum includes the mile marker summary table that will appear in future editions of the book, so in case you already own the book, just print this page out and slip it into your own – it goes on the blank page that faces the Methods section title. I've also included all previous Addenda articles in this edition, in case you missed them the first time around.

Download Addenda 1.2 here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1fTsNP8Foo_aTRQaFpETXktbWs/view?usp=sharing


Future Content
One aspect of local railroading that I largely ignored in the past was the importance of miniature railroads to the local community. I included the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad in the book, however it has come to light that there were two other miniature railroads that also operated in places near to the Mountain section. The Harvey West Railroad and the Glenwood Railroad both operated from the mid-1960s to around 1990 and articles about both will hopefully be included in the next Addenda. Among other items I hope to include in the future, one is an exploration of a previously unknown lumber company at Boulder Creek, another are yard charts for the stations at Felton and Glenwood, as well as new photo collections relating to Felton, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, and other stops along the line. In other words, this Addenda is going to be expanding greatly in the future.

As always, I hope you enjoy the new content. Feel free to email me at author@santacruztrains.com if you have any corrections, edits, or comments relating to the book, the Addenda, or the websites. Cheers!

Friday, June 5, 2015

First Revision & Addenda Now Available!

June 5, 2015

Santa Cruz, CA

Link to Book: https://www.createspace.com/5330016

BOOKS ARE FLYING OFF SHELVES!
Since the release of Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains in early March 2015, interest in the topic of Santa Cruz railroading has exploded! People have contacted me from all over the Bay Area, sending me information and interested in selling my book. Clearly the decision to release the book in print format was a good move and I thank everybody who encouraged me to do it. Thus far, the book as sold over 250 copies with the book now available at The Train Shop in Santa Clara, the San Lorenzo Valley Museum in Boulder Creek, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, and Bookshop Santa Cruz. But I am always looking for more venues, especially in the Los Gatos area, so if you know any place that may be willing to sell Santa Cruz Trains, let me know!

FIRST REVISION NOW AVAILABLE
With all these sales, it was inevitable that some people would find small mistakes and errors in the text, so I have worked hard to fix as many of these as possible. As of now, the current edition of the book available on CreateSpace is the First Revision (June 2015). Future purchasers of the book will see a few minor changes throughout but nothing too major except one: the dates for all the Boulder Creek Branch stops have been changed from 1930 to 1934. The earlier date corresponded to when regular passenger service ended, but the latter date is when the route (and stops) was actually closed. I sincerely apologize for the mistake but it seems to be the biggest issue. The only other important mistake I corrected is that access to the Summit Tunnel's southern portal is actually on private land, so legally it is trespassing. Sorry!

ADDENDA TELLS ALL!
For those of you who purchased the original version, fear not! An Addenda is here that notes all the corrections and, even better, it includes a lot of new content. This Addenda has been in the works since before the book was even approved for final publication in early March and I have just been adding to it and adding to it.

The Addenda includes a full list of revisions from the first edition, three new appendix entries including a timetable comparison map, a list of all known bridges, and a chart of railroad bridge types. It also includes three new pages of photographs of Rincon and Wright and two new articles about the Wilson Bros Spur and the Cement Works Spur, both in the Potrero District area of Santa Cruz. It's all fun new information that I am sure you'll all love.

You can download the addenda from here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1fTsNP8Foo_dDZ4SjM3MDdDYTA/view?usp=sharing

Keep the information and the corrections coming. I want this book to be beautiful and as perfect as it can be, so if you find something wrong in any way, let me know. Also, if you are browsing through local records, Newspapers.com, or library resources and find something that I may not have covered, let me know! I already have two more articles in the works for a future Addenda and I am more than happy to add a few more to the mix.

Thank you for all your support and keep local Santa Cruz railroading alive!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Santa Cruz Trains Book Now Available!

History Buffs Eager for New Santa Cruz Trains Book

Link to Book: https://www.createspace.com/5330016

March 12, 2015

Santa Cruz, CA

The wait is over for Santa Cruz history fans: local historian Derek R. Whaley’s Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains has just been published as a soft-bound book through CreateSpace. The extensive 330-page book commemorates the 75th anniversary of the last train over the Santa Cruz Mountains and spans almost the entirety of Santa Cruz and Los Gatos history, from the 1850s to the present. Each article discusses a specific community, business, or geographic location linked to the railroad and is supported with full citations and references, maps, historical advertisements, and over 200 photographs, many of which have never before appeared in print. Article topics range from the well-known stations like Boulder Creek and Big Trees to such remote places as Call of the Wild on Los Gatos Creek and the Summit Tunnel.

“This book is the result of over two years of research and the support of many local community members who have provided information and photographs related to the railroad’s presence in Santa Cruz,” says author Derek R. Whaley.

From the back cover:
Once there was an endless redwood wilderness, populated by only the hardiest of people. Then, the sudden blast of a steam whistle echoed across the canyons and the valleys—the iron horse had arrived in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Driven by the need to transport materials like lumber and lime to the rest of the world, the railroad brought people seeking out new ways of living, from the remote outposts along Bean and Zayante Creeks to the bustling towns of Los Gatos and Santa Cruz. Bridges and tunnels marked the landscape, and each new station, siding and spur signaled activity: businesses, settlements, and vacation spots. Summer resorts in the mountains evolved into sprawling residential communities which formed the backbone of the towns of the San Lorenzo Valley today. Much of the history of the locations along the route has since been forgotten.  
This is their story.

Derek Ryan Whaley is a local historian and recent resident of Felton, California. He has been involved in the Santa Cruz historical community since 2010 and is currently researching for his PhD in History at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. His local railroad website www.SantaCruzTrains.com is updated weekly with new content relating to local railroad history.

Derek R. Whaley

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Santa Cruz Trains is coming to your doorstep this March!

February 26, 2015, Felton, CA

On this day 75 years ago, the last train ran over the Santa Cruz Mountains. Celebrate the railroad's history with Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains, a 352-page book of articles and photographs surveying the history of the communities that interacted daily with the railroads. The period spanned by this survey includes virtually the entirety of Santa Cruz and Los Gatos history, from the 1850s to the present. Each article discusses a specific community, business, or geographic location and is supported with full citations and references, maps, historical advertisements, and over 200 photographs, many of which have never before appeared in print.

While it had originally intended to see a digital-only release for 2015, the book will now be released as a soft-bound volume, available from CreateSpace in March. An e-book edition is currently on hold, pending further development.


From the back cover:
Once there was an endless redwood wilderness, populated by only the hardiest of people. Then, the sudden blast of a steam whistle echoed across the canyons and the valleys—the iron horse had arrived in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Driven by the need to transport materials like lumber and lime to the rest of the world, the railroad brought people seeking out new ways of living, from the remote outposts along Bean and Zayante Creeks to the bustling towns of Los Gatos and Santa Cruz. Bridges and tunnels marked the landscape, and each new station, siding and spur signaled activity: businesses, settlements, and vacation spots. Summer resorts in the mountains evolved into sprawling residential communities which formed the backbone of the towns of the San Lorenzo Valley today. Much of the history of the locations along the route has since been forgotten.  
This is their story.
Derek Ryan Whaley is a local historian and recent resident of Felton, California. His research on local railroads began in 2011 after attending a seminar held at UC Santa Cruz by Brian Liddicoat. From there he started his website, www.SantaCruzTrains.com, which eventually led to the writing of this book. Derek has been involved in the Santa Cruz historical community since 2012 and is currently researching for his PhD in History at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, from which he plans to graduate in 2017. His local railroad website is updated every Friday with new content relating to the local railroads and their history.

For more information, or to get in touch with the author, please email author@santacruztrains.com.