Southern Pacific / Cotton Belt Depots and Freight Houses by Art Fisher

This site is under reconstruction

Southern Pacific depot Southern Pacific station Southern Pacific freight house Southern Pacific depot Southern Pacific station

St. Louis Southwestern depot SSW depot Cotton Belt depot St. Louis Southwestern depot SSW depot Cotton Belt depot

Northwestern Pacific depot Texas & New Orleans depot

Southern Pacific Transportation Company

Depots, Freight Houses, and Line-side Structures

as presented by Art Fisher


This site contains photos of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company's surviving structures buildings and line side structures.  Photographs include passenger stations and shelters, freight houses, yard buildings, engine facilities, water towers, and bridges that can be found along the rights of way that were previously Southern Pacific property.  I have traveled countless miles from Arkansas, through Texas, across New Mexico and Arizona, all over California and in to Oregon and Nevada to capture images of the remaining buildings.

The Southern Pacific Railroad and its family of roads built hundreds of buildings for passengers, freight, and maintenance-of-way.  With the decline of passenger travel and less-than-carload freight service, these buildings fell into disrepair.  This site highlights how those buildings look today.  

Photos include buildings from the

  • Southern Pacific,

  • St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt - SSW),

  • Northwestern Pacific (NWP),

  • Texas & New Orleans (T&NO),

  • San Antonio & Aransas Pass (SA&AP),

  • Houston and Texas Central (H&TC),

  • Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio (GH&SA),

  • San Diego and Arizona Eastern (SD&AE),

  • Arizona & New Mexico (A&NM),

  • California and Oregon,

  • Texas Midland, and

  • Central Pacific.

The task of photographing so many buildings is a labor of love.  This is not a commercial enterprise.  Visitors are free to use these images for personal uses, but please, ask for permission before posting them on your own web site.  

Photos that appear on this site are those that I have personally taken or those for which I have been granted permission to use.  

This website is graciously hosted by Carl Codney.  Check out


Rail yard


Southern Pacific, St. Louis Southwestern, and Other Subsidiaries

Images and Photos

Operating Rules and Publications

Buildings and Facilities

Signals & Indications (1960)

Surviving Common Standard Depots 

Signals & Indications (1983)

Surviving Colonnade Depots

Train Symbols


Train Primer

Links / Other

Rail related sites

Non-rail related sites



This document is prepared and is maintained by Art Fisher.  This web site and its author / owner are not affiliated in any way with the Southern Pacific Railroad, its subsidiaries, or its successor railroads.  

This web site typically underwent continuous improvements but has stalled on its development.  Corrections and flames should be addressed to Art Fisher

Photos are property of their respective owners.  Photos shall not be used for commercial purposes.  Photos are made available free of charge with the intent of providing data for modelers and fans of the Southern Pacific Railroad.  Any other use goes against the intent of the web site owner.  Photos not credited are property of the site owner.  

Photo contributions and data corrections are always welcome.

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Created Fall 1999

Updated - 12/10/09

Counter Added 11/24/04