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History talk to address Southern Oregon railroads, oil that fueled them

 Posted: 12:40 PM January 03, 2014

The effects of oil in California on Southern Oregon railroads will be the topic in the "Windows in Time" history talk from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

Railroad historian Larry Mullaly will present "The Great Transformation: How Bakersfield Oil Changed Southern Oregon Railroading." He will address how the shift from wood to oil in fueling locomotives changed the Southern Pacific Oregon lines.

A Central Point resident, Mullaly has written articles that have appeared in "Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society" magazine and other publications. He also co-authored the book "The Southern Pacific in Los Angeles" with Bruce Petty.

The presentation will be repeated at noon Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.

For more information, contact the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-899-8123 or visit

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