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Peninsular Railway 52

Peninsular Railway #52 in service at WRM. Peninsular Railway #52 in service at WRM. Jim Ward Photo


Peninsular Railway 52 is a wooden, double truck, double end, interurban passenger cars.


53 was built in 1903 by the American Car Company for the Los Gatos Interurban Railway Company as numbers 4 respectively. The even numbered cars were motors, but the odd numbered cars were trailers. The 4 also carried the name "Granger" In 1909, the Southern Pacific consolidated the electric lines around the San Jose area into the Peninsular Railway.

After the discontinuance of passenger service, the electrical and mechanical equipment was stripped. The 52's body was sold and used as a covered sewing room outside a residence in San Jose.


1903-1909: SJ-LGI 4

1909: SP forms Peninsular Railway, renumbers 4 to PRy 52

1931: converted to one-man operation

1934: passenger service discontinued

1934: 52: sold for sewing room.1934: 52: sold for sewing room

1934-1969: 52 remains sewing room, covered by a separate roof

1969: 52 acquired by Bay Area Electric Railroad Association

1969: 52 acquired by Bay Area Electric Railroad Association

1970s: 52 restored by WRM shop forces

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Vintage Caption: PRy #62 in San Jose, ca. 1929 [BAERA 24620]
  • Owners: San Jose, Los Gatos Interurban Railway 4 Peninsular Railway 52
  • Technical Data: Built: 1903 Builder: American Car Co Type: double end, railroad roof coach Seats: 52
  • Trucks: Brill 27MCB 3X currently. In service trucks were Brill 27MCB1. Wheels, 34-inch diameter. Traction motors, 2-110 horsepower @ 1200 VDC, inside hung.
  • Air Brake Equipment: System: WTBCo SME Brake valve: WTBCo M-18-A Air compressor: WTBCo DH-16 Motorman’s valve, M-18A. Emergency Valve, D-1. Double check valve, #15. Brake cylinder, 10 X 12. Governor, Westinghouse Air Brake J-6.
  • Dimensions: Length: 47' 6" Width: 8' 3" Height: 13' 5 1/4" Weight: 88,700 lbs
  • Propulsion Equipment: General Electric type K. Controller, K-28-J with cam switch added. Traction motors, GE 205, 1200 volt. Control switch, MS-46. Line switch, DB-987. Power resistors, Westinghouse edge wound ni-chrome.
  • Misc Data: Trolley wheel, 6” Ohio Brass Form 6. Trolley base, US 20. Trolley retriever, Knutson #2 made by The Trolley Supply Co. of Canton, OH. Whistle, 2-Westinghouse trombone. Bell, 2- roof mounted single stroke.
  • Current Condition: Car 52 is operational and has been stored inside for several decades.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: Maintain in current condition. Needs to have Van Dorn couplers applied. Sometime in the future more appropriate trucks and motors may be applied. The interior bulkhead needs to be removed to restore this car to a single compartment car.
  • Date Last Modified: Saturday, 04 June 2011
  • Additional Photo 1: Additional Photo 1


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