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


52 is one of 15 Birney cars built by the St Louis Car Company on their order number 1244. They were ordered by the Southern Pacific Railroad, owner of the Stockton Electric, in 1920. The cars in this order were numbered 46 to 60. These cars were built with the distinctive large anti-climber unique to cars on Southern Pacific properties. Cars 59 and 60 were transferred to Fresno in 1936. Southern Pacific sold the Stockton system to Pacific City Lines. Streetcar service lasted a few more years and car 52 continued to run in Stockton until the end of service in October 1941. At the end of service Stockton was an all Birney operation. The carbody was sold and became a cottage on a ranch near Lodi. The truck was found in a boat yard being used as a dolly moving boats around. The car was acquired and moved to the Museum in August 2003.

  • Owners: Stockton Electric 52. Pacific City Lines.
  • Technical Data: Lightweight steel Birney Safety car, eight windows. Built by St Louis Car Company of St Louis, Mo. in 1920. Order number 1244. Seats 28. Total car weight, 16,000 pounds.
  • Trucks: St Louis #7. Wheels, 24-inch diameter. Axle. Journals, 3 1/4 X 6 plain bearing. 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: Heaters. Trolley wheel, (6”). Trolley base, one (US 15). Bell, (single stroke).
  • Current Condition: This car is a body only. It is in fair condition.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: Restore when resources are available. A truck, but no traction motors, is currently available.
  • Date Last Modified: Thursday, 14 July 2005


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