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San Francisco and Napa Valley 63

San Francisco and Napa Valley 63

Description

Napa Valley Route 63 is a steel, arch roof, combination carNapa Valley Route 63 is a steel, arch roof, combination carwith enclosed platforms on both ends. The passenger section isdivided into a smoking compartment, a main passenger compartment,and one toilet compartment. The San Francisco andNapa Valley Railroad was one of the few AC electric railroadsin the West, using a trolley voltage of 3,300v at 25 Hz, singlephase.

History

On January 22, 1932 the car house and substation of the SanOn January 22, 1932 the car house and substation of the SanFrancisco, Napa, and Calistoga Railway burned in a fire ignitedby an employee working on a bus inside the building.Motorcars 40, 51 and 60 and the substation were destroyed.The company decided to rebuild as an electric railroad andordered two new steel conventional interurban-style car bodiesfrom the St Louis Car Company. Numbered 62 and 63, thesewere equipped by the Napa Valley Route with with trucks,motors and controls from retired Niles cars.The San Francisco, Napa, and Calistoga Railway was reorganizedinto the San Francisco and Napa Valley Railroad in1935, but the car was always lettered "Napa Valley Route".Passenger service was discontinued in September, 1937, whichmade for a very short career for these cars.Napa Valley 62 and 63 are regarded as the last conventionalinterurban cars to be built in the United States.

Dates

1933: car 63 body built by St. Louis.

1933: equipped with electrical gear by the Napa Valley Route.

1933-1937: Napa Valley Route 63.

1937: passenger service discontinued.

1937-1942: occasionally used as a locomotive to move freight1937-1942: occasionally used as a locomotive to move freightcars to and from the US Navy's Mare Island Shipyard.

1943: sold to Hyman-Michaels for scrap.

1943: car less electrical gear sold to The Pacific Lumber Co.

1943-19??: used by TPL for transporting employees.

19??: sold to a private collector.

1984: purchased by Bay Area Electric Railroad Association.

1984: moved to Rio Vista Junction.

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Vintage Caption: Sister car SF&N 62 posed on the line near napa on delivery in May 1933. (Harry Aitken photo, BAERA No. 18735)
  • Owners: Napa Valley Route 63. Pacific Lumber Company.
  • Technical Data: Steel passenger, baggage combination car. Built by St. Louis Car Company in 1932, their order number 1562. Seats 46 passengers, 30 in the main compartment, 16 in smoker, plus 4 seats were available in baggage room. Weight, 102,000.
  • Trucks: Built: 1933 (body) Builder: St Louis Car Company order #1562 Type: arch roof combination coach-baggage Seats: 46
  • Air Brake Equipment: System: WTBCo AMM, control pipe Brake valve: WTBCo M-15-C Air compressor: WTBCo XD-3-EG
  • Dimensions: Length: 51' 6" Width: 9' 6" Height: unknown Weight: unknown Height, 13’ 3”. Truck centers. Truck wheelbase, 84”.
  • Propulsion Equipment: Control: WH HL Controllers: model unclear Motors: 4 WH-132-A
  • Misc Data: Pantograph: unknown model Coupler: Janney R-16, MCB, radial
  • Current Condition: Unrestored but stored inside. Plans are to restore the car to operation using DC apparatus with WH AB control.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: Restore to operational conditional using 600-volt DC equipment. Most equipment is available at the Museum.
  • Date Last Modified: Thursday, 14 July 2005

Hours

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

Summer Hours
(June 13th - August 18th)
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Museum Location

5848 State Highway 12
Suisun City, CA 94585

(707) 374-2978

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