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Sacramento Electric Gas and Railway 14

SEG&R #14 at car house. [BAERA 24372] SEG&R #14 at car house. [BAERA 24372]


Sacramento Electric, Gas and Railway 14 is one of a group ofSacramento Electric, Gas and Railway 14 is one of a group of30 home-built, double-truck, wooden, California style streetcarsconstructed by the railway for streetcar service in Sacramento.


Car 14 was built prior to 1905 and remained on the same propertyCar 14 was built prior to 1905 and remained on the same propertyover its entire operation life. The railway operation changedhands three times. SEG&R was taken over by Pacific Gasand Electric Company in 1906, but the railway's name wasn'tchanged until 1915. PG&E, in turn, sold its streetcar operationsto National City Lines at the beginning of WWII.

As built, the car had a flat front with exposed posts. It also hadAs built, the car had a flat front with exposed posts. It also hadfixed side sash, which is an unusual feature for Sacramento, acity notorious for its hot summers, and was equipped with asingle trolley pole mounted in the middle of the car. #14 is oneof the group of "rope brake" cars, which used power-assistedhand braking. The mechanism consisted of a rope about 2" indiameter between the hand brake staff and the brake levers onthe car. In between, it was fed one turn around a capstanmounted on the leading axle of the front truck, with the samearrangement at the opposite end. Using the hand brake lever topull on the rope caused the rope to tighten around the capstan,which in turn produced an even greater pull on the brakelevers. There was a second brake lever which was directlyconnected to the brake rigging for use in parking the car andwhenever a rope broke. This rope brake apparatus was replacedby air brakes by 1930.

The car was extensively rebuilt over its lifetime by the installationThe car was extensively rebuilt over its lifetime by the installationof two trolley poles, addition of screens and sliding gatesto the open sections, the later replacement of the screens andgates later by paneling and folding doors, the sash being modifiedso it could be opened, and installation of air brakes.


c1905-1915: SEG&R 14.

1927: converted to air brakes.

1943-1947: Sacramento City Lines 14.

1947-????: disposition unknown.

????: arrived at Rio Vista Junction.

  • Owners: Sacramento Electric, Gas & Railway 14. Pacific Gas & Electric. Sacramento City Lines.
  • Technical Data: Built: prior to 1905 Builder: SEG&Ry Type: double ended California car Seats: 44
  • Trucks: arch bar, home made
  • Air Brake Equipment: Rope brakes, which is capstan on one axle, one for each direction.
  • Dimensions: Length: unknown Width: unknown Height: unknown Weight: 27,000
  • Propulsion Equipment: Control: series-parallel Controllers: unknown Motors: unknown
  • Misc Data: Trolley base: one, US-6
  • Current Condition: Body only is in poor condition and has been covered with fiberglass. This is a simple car and could be fully restored to operating condition with appropriate resources.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: Whether the car is actually #14 has yet to be verified because the carbody has been encased in a fiberglass shell. It is stored outdoors, tarped. Long range plans include indoor storage and complete restoration, but data on its operating equipment is sketchy.
  • Date Last Modified: Saturday, 04 June 2011
  • Additional Photo 1: Additional Photo 1
  • Photo 1 Caption: SEG&Ry 14, 5 line, 28th St. at Broadway (Y ST). Enroute for Sate Fair Grounds 8/31/1941. [BAERA 24617]


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