Robert A. Pecotich
A native San Franciscan and 60-year Bay Area resident, Robert A. (Bob) Pecotich first became interested in steam locomotives through trackside visits with his parents and cab rides from friendly crews. A heightened interest in vanishing steam power, Southern Pacific and Sacramento Shops came as the result of a vacation by train in 1953, and visits to SP shops guided by several shops employees who were family friends. As a teenager, he photographed the last four years of SP steam, and has been photographing ever since.
Business travel associated with a 40-year electronics career in Silicon Valley enabled him to photograph throughout the SP system. With Guy and Don Dunscomb, he co-authored the two-volume Southern Pacific Steam Pictorial. Besides research and writing, Bob is a member of the Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society. He and his wife Donna make their home in Folsom, California, close to the California State Railroad Museum and its Library.