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San Francisco and Napa Valley 63

San Francisco and Napa Valley 63


Napa Valley Route 63 is a steel interurban combine car with an arch-roof. This car had enclosed platforms on both ends, which also house control stations, a baggage room, smoking compartment, main passenger compartment, and one toilet compartment. The car was painted Brewster green with gold trim and lettering, red tile roof, and black trucks and under body equipment.


On January 22, 1932 the car house and substation of the San Francisco, Napa, and Calistoga Railway burned in a fire ignited by a gasoline bus being worked on in the building. Motorcars 40, 51 and 60 and the substation were destroyed. The Company decided to rebuild as an electric railroad and ordered two new steel conventional interurban car bodies from the St Louis Car Company. They arrived in Napa in April 1933 and were outfitted with trucks, motors and controls from retired Niles cars. The cars entered service in May of 1933. The San Francisco, Napa, and Calistoga Railway was reorganized into the San Francisco and Napa Valley Railroad in 1935, but the car was always letter “Napa Valley Route”. Passenger service was discontinued in September 1937 making a very short career for these cars. The cars were pressed into service in 1941 and 1942 to handle freight movements until the line was converted to diesel operation. The San Francisco and Napa Valley Railroad was one of the few AC electric railroads in the West. The trolley voltage was 3300 VAC at 25 cycles. After new Diesel locomotives arrived on the Napa Valley Route, the cars were sold to Hyman Michaels Company and moved to a scrap yard in South San Francisco. Car 63 was sold, after the electrical equipment was stripped off of it, to The Pacific Lumber Company at Scotia, California, where it was used in train service on this company’s railroad. After service at TPLCo ended it went to a private collector. It was acquired by the Museum in November 1983. Napa Valley 63 is widely regarded as the last conventional interurban to be built in the United States.

  • 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: Baldwin 84-30 B. Wheels, 37-inch diameter. Axle. Journals, 5 X 9 plain bearing. Traction motors, 4-100 horsepower @ 235 VAC, inside hung.
  • Air Brake Equipment: Westinghouse Traction Brake, AMM. Motorman’s valve, M15-C. Triple valve, M2B. Brake cylinder, 14 X 12. Air compressor.
  • Dimensions: Width, 9’ 0” over sills, extreme width, 9’ 8”. Length, 56’ 8” over coupler pulling faces. Height, 13’ 3”. Truck centers. Truck wheelbase, 84”.
  • Propulsion Equipment: Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing. Master controller. Control, (251A). Traction motors, (132A). Control switch. MU plugs, 9 point.
  • Misc Data: Couplers, Janney radial couplers ??? contour. Pantograph.
  • Current Condition: This car is complete except for electrical equipment and seats.
  • 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


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