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Key System 1001

Key System 1001 outside of Western Railway Museum Car House 1. Key System 1001 outside of Western Railway Museum Car House 1.


Key System 1001 is an all steel, double-truck, steeple cab locomotive. It has one control stand. The cab has full width windows on every side giving excellent visibility.


Locomotive 1001 was built by the Oakland Traction Company (Key System) in their Emeryville shops in 1910. This locomotive went through several different ownership name changes, but spent its entire service life on the same track. It switched cars from the Bay Bridge through Oakland up Adeline Street in Berkeley. It was acquired by the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association directly out of service in 1958.

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Vintage Caption: Oakland Trackion 1001 switching Emeryville cira 1915. [BAERA Photo]
  • Owners: Key System 1001. Oakland Traction Company 1001.
  • Technical Data: Steel steeple cab locomotive. Built by Oakland Traction Company in 1910. Total weight, 72,000 pounds.
  • Trucks: Brill 27A. Wheels, 33-inch diameter steel. Axle. Journals, 5 X 9 plain bearing. Traction motors, 4-65 horsepower @ 600 VDC, inside hung.
  • Air Brake Equipment: Westinghouse Air Brake, SWA. Motorman’s valve, G-6. Straight air valve, Christensen Engineering Company. Triple valve, F-46. Brake cylinder, 12 X 12. Governor, General Electric Type MC. Air compressor, two, 1-Westinghouse Traction Brake D3EG and 1-Westinghouse. Traction Brake D3BG. Air signal equipped (added at the Museum).
  • Dimensions: Extreme width, 9’ 8”. Length over pulling faces, 32’ 8”. Height, 13’ 0”. Truck centers. Truck wheelbase, 72”.
  • Propulsion Equipment: General Electric type M. Master controller, C6J. Switch group. Reverser, Type RB-22, Form G2. Traction motors, GE-201G. Control switch. Power resistors. MU plugs.
  • Misc Data: Couplers, AAR Knuckle. Pantograph, Westinghouse S-529. Air Whistle, one in center of roof.
  • Current Condition: This locomotive is in excellent condition and fully operational. It was acquired directly from the Key System when it came out of service and has been maintained in good condition since.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: It needs to be repainted in a more accurate color scheme and the running boards need to be replaced.
  • Date Last Modified: Saturday, 04 June 2011
  • Additional Photo 1: Additional Photo 1
  • Photo 1 Caption: Equipment Plan


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