When the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District opened in 1972, it was the newest, most innovative and technically advanced system in the world. BART pioneered the use of central computer control and on-board electronic propulsion as well as featuring the lightest weight car per passenger ever built. The technical innovations involved in the BART system were revolutionary at the time.
When Western Railway Museum learned that BART would be replacing their original fleet of transit vehicles, a proposal was submitted to acquire 3 BART cars for display. We are thrilled to report that, in 2024, Western Railway Museum will receive 3 BART cars generously gifted by BART! This donation will include a 3 car train consisting of A car 1164, B car 1834, and C car 329, which will be displayed in the Loring C Jensen Car House to celebrate 50 years of BART history. These 3 cars are the only cars out of 669 original BART cars that will be preserved at a museum. All three of these BART cars saw regular service until 2023.. Combined, they have traveled 15 million miles.
This acquisition emphasizes that the Western Railway Museum is the ideal place to preserve and interpret both BART equipment and history. All display options that the museum has so diligently been working to achieve are dependent upon fundraising success. These 3 cars have been set aside for our museum on BART property and will be transported to the museum in June of 2024. We now need to raise $24,000 to move these historic cars the last 70 miles from Hayward to Rio Vista Junction.
Please consider a donation today to help preserve the history of BART in the Bay Area.