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From 1910 until December 31, 1959, The Pullman Company operated a repair shop in Richmond California. Located adjacent to the Southern Pacific main line from Oakland to Sacramento, and the Santa Fe branch from Richmond to Oakland.
Ariel view from the south circa 1950. Richmond Collection
The development of Richmond as a city is intertwined with the
history of the Pullman shops, the railroads the served the city, and the
industries that grew up around them. The people that worked for these companies
and lived in Richmond contributed much to the early development of Richmond.
The contributions of these people and companies during World War II did much to
win the war.
The Pullman Company closed it's doors on January 1, 1967, ending a one hundred one year run for this once dominant transportation giant. Although it has been over 35 years, there are still physical and operating memories. Here is where you can see the cars and shops, and find out where you can still "Go Pullman".
Two Pullman shop buildings are still standing today at 350 Carlson Ave. Richmond, Ca. Photo by D.W. Roth
As this site develops, more history of this facility will become available.
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