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Salt Lake and Utah 751

SL&U 751 SL&U 751 Jim Ward Photo


Car 751 is a steel, parlor-observation, interurban car built by Niles Car and Manufacturing Company. It is currently a control trailer compatible with Sacramento Northern Railway passenger equipment.


Salt Lake and Utah 751 was built by the Niles Car and Manufacturing Company in 1916. Niles Car Company ads in the Electric Railway Journal that feature this car advertise it as being convertible between a parlor car in the summer months and a coach in the winter. It is currently interpreted as a parlor car. When it was acquired by the Association it was set up as a coach with green plush walkover seating. The furniture currently in the car is from Western Pacific parlor car 652. Between 1916 and 1946 this car ran on the SL and U between Salt Lake City and Payson Utah by way of Provo. SL&U was an electric railroad powered by a 1500-volt DC overhead trolley. This car was one of the last cars built by Niles and one of only a few steel cars they built. This car was purchased by the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association in 1949 and was moved to California where it was used on excursions on the Sacramento Northern. It had back up controls added after it arrived on the Sacramento Northern. The car was moved to the Museum in November 1962.

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Vintage Caption: Provo wreck with 751. ca. 1916 [BAERA 4304]
  • Owners: Salt Lake and Utah 751
  • Technical Data: Steel parlor observation interurban car. Built by Niles Car and Manufacturing Company in Niles, O. in 1916. Seats, 36. Weight, 52,500.
  • Trucks: Baldwin 84-30 AT. Wheels, 36-inch diameter. Axle. Journals, 5 X 9 plain bearings.
  • Air Brake Equipment: Westinghouse Traction Brake, AMM. Motorman’s valve, M-24D, rear of car only. Triple valve, M2A. Brake cylinder, 12 X 12.
  • Dimensions: Width, 9’ 4”. Length over buffers, 60’ 7 1/2”. Height. Truck centers, 36’ 1”. Truck wheelbase, 84”.
  • Propulsion Equipment: Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing type HL. Master controller, 15A2, rear of car only. Control switch. MU plugs, 12 point.
  • Misc Data: Couplers, Janney Radial with 1904 MCB contour. Heaters, Consolidated Car Heating. Whistle, Westinghouse trombone.
  • Current Condition: Excellent condition.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: Maintain in current condition. Will need a new roof in future.
  • Date Last Modified: Saturday, 04 June 2011
  • Additional Photo 1: Additional Photo 1
  • Photo 1 Caption: Current interior view of the SL&U 751.


Year Round
Saturdays & Sundays
10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Summer Hours (May 27 - September 1)
Thursdays (Interurban Train Rides)
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Fridays (Guided Walking Tours Only)
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Hours may vary at any time due to weather and/or the availability of our volunteers.

Closed Holidays
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day

Museum Location

5848 State Highway 12
Suisun City, CA 94585

(707) 374-2978

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