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Key System 1215

Key System 1215


Key System 1215 is a shop switcher from Emeryville shops. It is all wood construction with a single-truck and hand-operated brakes. The car has a single control station.


This car was built at Emeryville Shops by the Key System in 1899 and rebuilt in 1926. It was probably built from parts salvaged from other cars. It was used to tow cars around the shops. Since it was not retired until 1958, it would have been used to tow the rather large Bridge Units. It was moved to the Museum in April 1963.

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Vintage Caption: Key 1215 in upper Yerba Buena yard in 1955. [BAERA 18777]
  • Owners: Key System 1215
  • Technical Data: Single truck car with wooden carbody. Built by, Key System Emeryville Shop in 1899, rebuilt 1926. Weight, 13,700.
  • Trucks: Gilbert Car Manufacturing Company. Wheels, 30-inch diameter. Axle. Journals. Traction motors, 2-40 horsepower @ 500 VDC, inside hung.
  • Air Brake Equipment: Hand brake
  • Dimensions: Width, 7’ 6 1/2”. Length, 16’ 0”. Height, 11’ 6”. Truck wheelbase, 84”.
  • Propulsion Equipment: General Electric type K. Controller, K36J. Traction motors, GE 70. Power resistors, GE type CG.
  • Misc Data: Trolley wheel, 6” More Jones. Trolley base, 1-US 13. Bell, New Departure #2.
  • Current Condition: This car is in excellent condition, complete and operational.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: This car will be maintained in its current condition.
  • Date Last Modified: Saturday, 04 June 2011
  • Additional Photo 1: Additional Photo 1
  • Photo 1 Caption: Equipment Plan

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