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Stockton Electric 52

Stockton Electric Railway No. 52. E. Main St. line. Sept. 1941. Stockton Electric Railway No. 52. E. Main St. line. Sept. 1941. (Addison Laflin photo, BAERA No. 18734)


Stockton Electric Railway 52 is a single truck, double end, standard Birney car that ran in Stockton, California.


The 52 is one of 15 Birney cars numbered 46-60 ordered by the Southern Pacific Railroad, owner of the SERy. The cars were built with the distinctive large anti-climber unique to cars on SP properties. SP sold the Stockton system to Pacific CityLines, after which streetcar service lasted until late 1941. At the end of streetcar service, Stockton City Lines had become an all-Birney operation. The car was acquired and moved to the Museum in August 2003.


1920-194?: SERy 52.

194?-1941: SCL 52.

1941: sold for scrap.

194?-2003: used as cottage on a ranch near Lodi.

2003: acquired by Bay Area Electric Railroad Association and moved to Rio Vista Junction

  • Owners: Stockton Electric Railway 52. Stockton City Lines.
  • Technical Data: Built: 1921 Builder: St. Louis Car Co, order #1244 Type: Birney Safety Car Seats: 34
  • Trucks: Truck: 79-E, modified Wheels, 24-inch diameter. Axle. Traction motors, 2-25 horsepower @ 600 VDC, inside hung.
  • Air Brake Equipment: Westinghouse Traction Brake, (SME). Motorman’s valve, (M-28). Emergency Valve, (K-1). Double check valve, (#15). Brake cylinder, (8 X 12). Dead man on controller and foot valve. Air compressor, (CP-25).
  • Dimensions: Width, 8’ 0”. Length over buffers, 29’. Height, 9’ 10”. Truck wheelbase, 8’.
  • Propulsion Equipment: Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co. Controller, (K 63). Traction motors, (Westinghouse 508A). Power resistors.
  • Misc Data: Trolley wheel, (6”). Trolley base: two, US-15 Bell, (single stroke).
  • Current Condition: SERy 52 is stored outside and is currently tarped.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: While a suitable Brill 78-M truck was found in a Stockton boat yard being used as a dolly for moving boats around, no other apparatus for restoring the car has been identified.
  • Date Last Modified: Thursday, 14 July 2005

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