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Sacramento Northern 62

SN 62 at the boarding platform at the Western Railroad Museum. SN 62 at the boarding platform at the Western Railroad Museum. Hunter Lohse Photo


Sacramento Northern 62 is a single-truck, double-end, lightweight, steel, arch-roof Birney Safety car. This is a standard Birney design.


This car was built in 1920 by the American Car Company in St Louis, Mo. for the San Diego Electric Railway as their car 301. San Diego was dissatisfied with the car and sold it to the Sacramento Northern Railroad in 1923. The car operated on the Sacramento Northern streetcar lines in Chico, Marysville and Sacramento. At first it was painted like the interurban cars in dark olive green with gold lettering and a black roof. But this was quickly changed to the cream with blue doors and window sash that was used until the end of service. This change to lighter colors was usually to make the streetcars easier to see at night when automobile traffic became significant. The last SN streetcar operation was in Chico, and that was discontinued in 1947. This car was acquired by the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association directly out of service from the Sacramento Northern Railway in 1947. All the equipment is original to the car. The car was used for excursions on various California electric railroads prior to coming to the Museum in August 1964. Car 62 is the only Birney car to ever operate in San Francisco.

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Vintage Caption: SN 62 & 64 meeting on C Street line in Sacramento. (Western Pacific Photo in BAERA Collection)
  • Owners: Sacramento Northern 62. San Diego Railway 301.
  • Technical Data: Lightweight steel standard Birney car with eight side windows. Built by American Car Company in St Louis, Mo. in 1920. Order Number 1272. Seats, 34 passengers. Total car weight, 16,300 pounds.
  • Trucks: Brill 79E. Wheels, 24-inch diameter, cast iron with 3” tread. 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-27.
  • Dimensions: Width, 8’ 2 1/2”. Length over buffers, 28’. Height, 12’ 11 1/2” over trolley base. Truck wheelbase, 8’.
  • Propulsion Equipment: General Electric type K. Controller, two K-63 BR. Circuit breaker, canopy type, with pneumatic trip. Traction motors, GE 264. Gearing, bull 74 teeth, pinion 13 teeth, ratio 5.69 to 1, 3 1/2” face. Power resistors, Type SG.
  • Misc Data: Heaters. Trolley wheel, Kalamazoo 6”. Trolley base, two US 15. Trolley catcher, Keystone, made by Electric Service Supply Company. Bell, two single stroke and one air ringer bell located in the center of the car.
  • Current Condition: Car is complete and operational. Acquired directly out of service.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: Maintain in current condition. Repaint to the its well known cream and blue paint scheme.
  • Date Last Modified: Saturday, 04 June 2011
  • Additional Photo 1: Additional Photo 1
  • Photo 1 Caption: (BAERA No. 4524)
  • Additional Photo 2: Additional Photo 2
  • Photo 2 Caption: SN 62 at McKinley Park, Sacramento, Cira 1940. (Roy Covert Photo, BAERA No. 18747)


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