San Fernando Valley Historical Society

Railroad Shanty

Railroad ShantyThe Southern Pacific Crossing Shanty is a preservation project of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society.

The shanty is a 1914 Southern Pacific Railroad flagman’s shanty donated to the San Fernando Valley Historical Society by the Paul Ayers Family and restored by the Society.¬† It was officially dedicated on May 20, 2012.

Railroad shanties were used for railroad flagmen to alert traffic to train activity. In 1948, automatic signals were installed at the intersection of Maclay Street and the railroad tracks in San Fernando, making this shanty obsolete.

In 1949, it was purchased for $1 by Ray Ayers (Paul’s father) and moved to the family home until it was moved to the Adobe in 2010. After extensive restoration, it now proudly showcases¬† railroad memorabilia.

The shanty is located on the grounds of the Andres Pico Adobe Park in Mission Hills, and can be seen onsite along with the Andres Pico Adobe and Lankershim Reading Room.

Free tours are conducted during regular business hours and by appointment.

Hours: Monday, 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Except holidays)
Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Available daily for group and private tours by appointment,
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Call 818-365-7810.
E-mail: sfvhs@verizon.net

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.