This car was built by the Northern Electric Railway in its Chico, California shops in 1914 under the direction of master car builder Adolphus O. Myers. It was built from wreck damaged coach number 202, which had been built by Niles Car and Manufacturing Company in 1906. The car was named for General John Bidwell, founder of the city of Chico. It was built as a full parlor –observation. A kitchen and dining room were added in 1921. Car was a control trailer, with controls in the rear only, for use when the car was on the rear of a train and the train was backed off the Key Pier. The Sacramento Northern discontinued passenger operation in 1940 and the car was retired and dismantled in 1941. The body was sold and used as a dwelling in the central valley town of Wheatland until the Association acquired it in 1978.