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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, clearstory roof, double truck, double end, interurban passenger car.


Car 52 was built in 1903 by the American Car Company for the Los Gatos Interurban Railway Company as their number 4. It also had the name “Granger". The Southern Pacific consolidated the electric lines around the San Jose area into the Peninsular Railway in 1909. At that time the car was renumbered to 52. The car was converted to one-man operation, but the system continued to lose money and passenger service was discontinued in 1934. The electrical and mechanical equipment was stripped from the car and the body was sold and used as a sewing room outside a residence in San Jose until it was acquired by the Museum in June 1969. The car was restored to its 1910 appearance and returned to operating condition in the Museum’s shop. The trucks were salvaged from Traction Company line car number 5.

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Vintage Caption: PRy #62 in San Jose, ca. 1929 [BAERA 24620]
  • Owners: Peninsular Railway 52
  • Technical Data: Wooden interurban coach. Built by American Car Company of St Louis, Mo. In 1903. Seats 52 passengers. Total car weight.
  • Trucks: Brill 27MCB 3X currently. In service trucks were Brill 27MCB1. Wheels, 34-inch diameter. Axle. Journals, 5 X 9 plane bearings. Traction motors, 2-110 horsepower @ 1200 VDC, inside hung.
  • Air Brake Equipment: Westinghouse Traction Brake, SME. Motorman’s valve, M-18A. Emergency Valve, D-1. Double check valve, #15. Brake cylinder, 10 X 12. Governor, Westinghouse Air Brake J-6. Air compressor, Westinghouse Air Brake DH-16.
  • Dimensions: Extreme width, 8’ 3”. Length over buffers, 47’ 6”. Height, 13’ 5 1/4”. Truck centers, 23’ 10 1/2”. Truck wheelbase, 78”.
  • 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: This car is complete and operational. It was restored from a stripped body in the Museum’s shop.
  • 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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