Crossing Lines: The Women of the American Railroad
The California State Railroad Museum is the keeper of stories. We collect them; we preserve them; and we tell them, all in service of helping people imagine their futures by understanding the past. Our newest exhibit highlights a group whose stories have remained in the shadows for far too long – women. Women crossed lines and blazed a trail for future generations. They championed change not only for the railroad industry but for society as well. These are some of their stories.
Explore the inside of this private railcar once owned by the pioneers of railroad photography, Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg. While the interior of The Gold Coast is not open to the public, this virtual exhibit gives guests the opportunity to “go inside” the railcar and imagine what life on the rails might have been like for the photographers. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the California State Railroad Museum partnered with Smithsonian Digital Services to produce this virtual exhibit.