Sierra Railway Company of California


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Intricately engraved antique bond certificate from the Sierra Railway Company of California dating back to the 1890's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Secretary, was printed by the H. S. Crocker Company, and measures approximately 11" (w) by 17" (h).

This certificate features a bold vignette of a train passing some grazing cattle. The California State Seal adorns the bottom corners of the border.


You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The Sierra Railway Company of California was incorporated on February 1, 1897 by founders Thomas S. Bullock, Prince Andre Poniatowski, and William H. Crocker. In May, the first rails were laid in the grain fields just East of Oakdale, and the stops grew to include Occidental (Now called Arnold), Paulsell, Warnerville, Cooperstown, Chinese, and finally on November 8, 1897; Jamestown, California.

    The railroad owners had no intention of ending the line there, and the line was extended to Tuolumne City, some 16 miles from Jamestown. By 1900, the line had been completed, the same as it is today, with the exception of the abandonment of the Standard to Tuolumne Right-Of-Way.

    In 1937, the Sierra Railway was sold at a public auction to the new Sierra Railroad Company, and the debts of the original company were settled. In 1955, the railroad made the switch from steam to diesel power, but retained the steam locomotives for movie and television work for which the railroad is famous. In 1971, the Sierra Railroad used its vintage steam locomotives and facilities to its advantage, and opened "Rail Town 1897" as a tourist attraction.

    In 1979, The Crocker Association, which was the sole owner of the railroad at that time, closed Rail Town and put both the Sierra Railroad and the Jamestown complex with equipment up for sale separately. In 1980, the Sierra Railroad was sold to Silverfoot Inc., and in 1982 the California Department of Parks and Recreation purchased the Jamestown facilities and reopened the site as Railtown 1897 State Historic Park.

    In 1995, Silverfoot resold the operation to the Sierra Pacific Coast Railway, and in 2003 merged with the Yolo Shortline Railway, as it exists today.