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Central California Traction 7

CCT 7 as it currently exists. CCT 7 as it currently exists. Jim Ward Photo


Central California Traction Company steel box motor. It is a double-ended, double-truck arch-roof car with two sliding baggage doors per side. This car was designed to operate on a 1200 volt DC system. At the Museum it operates at half voltage.


This car was originally operated by the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad Company as their second number 1. The car was built by the J G Brill Company of Philadelphia in 1929 using electrical and mechanical equipment from the original WB and A number 1, which burned. The car was run on the WB and A for the Southeastern Express Company and carried that name and logo until the WB and A abandoned service in 1935. It was purchased by the CCT in October 1936. After World War Two the California Public Utilities Commission required electric third rail railroads to fence their property. CCT chose to discontinue electric operation in 1946 rather that paying the cost of fencing their railroad. Motors 3 and 7 were retained in Sacramento since the Diesels were not allowed on the streetcar trackage that they shared. This was worked out in a few months and 7 was retired in September 1948.

The CCT used 7 as an electric locomotive. It did not carry freight in the carbody on the CCT. The interior includes a coal stove and conductor’s desk. Also inside the car is the D4-E air compressor, large air tank, and dynamotor. Car 7 was acquired by the Museum in March 1967 after spending 19 years in a junkyard waiting to be scrapped. It arrived at the Museum in poor condition and was restored in the Museum’s shop to its appearance when it came out of service in 1947. When the car was restored care was taken not to remove previous paint jobs. Under the present paint job is every paint scheme the car has ever had.

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Vintage Caption: 7 at Davidson Scrapyard, Stockton, August 1959. [BAERA 18797]
  • Owners: Central California Traction 7 Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis 1
  • Technical Data: Steel box motor Built by J G Brill (carbody only) in 1929 Car weight, 94,000 pounds
  • Trucks: Baldwin 90-40 B Wheels, 37 inch Axle, 6 1/2” Journals, 5 1/2 X 10 plain bearing Traction motors, 4-140 horsepower @ 600VDC, inside hung. Note: These motors are connected in series for 1200 volt operation, so at the Museum they run on a maximum voltage 300 volts DC
  • Air Brake Equipment: Westinghouse Traction Brake, SWA Motorman’s valve: Automatic, G6. On WB and A it was an M-15C Independent valve, General Electric Type S, form F4 Triple Valve, M2B Double check valve, #15 Brake Cylinder 12 X 14 Governor, General Electric Type ML Air Compressor, Westinghouse Air Brake D4E (inside car) General Electric CP-22 (under car)
  • Dimensions: Width, 8’ 9” Length over pulling faces, 55’ 6” Height, 16’ 3” over pantograph Truck centers, 33’ Truck wheelbase, 90”
  • Propulsion Equipment: General Electric type M Master controller, C-74-F Contactor, DB-160 Reverser, DB-413-H9 Circuit breaker, DB-102-B Traction motors, General Electric GE-207A Traction gearing, bull 63, pinion 18, ratio 3.5 to 1, ? face Control switch, Westinghouse 544A Power resistors, GE type RG MU plugs, none
  • Misc Data: Couplers, Ohio Brass form 23 Tomlinson radial with AAR contour. Heaters, Coal Stove Trolley wheel, 1- 5” Eureka Electric #17 Trolley base, 1- OB form 4 Catcher, Eclipse Pantograph, Westinghouse S-514-B Third rail collector, General Electric under running Air Horns (2) Air bell (2)
  • Current Condition: This car is in excellent condition and is operational. It was restored in Museum’s shop.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: Maintain in current condition.
  • Date Last Modified: Saturday, 04 June 2011
  • Additional Photo 1: Additional Photo 1
  • Photo 1 Caption: Broadside scan of WB&A #1 in sale brochure of Boston Iron & Metal Co., 1936 [BAERA 24542]
  • Additional Photo 2: Additional Photo 2
  • Photo 2 Caption: CCT 7 boarding passengers at Shilo Road
  • Additional Photo 3: Additional Photo 3
  • Photo 3 Caption: 7 at Union Frt. Depot M & 2nd Sts., Sacramento, May 19, 1940 [BAERA 24621]


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