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Western Railway Museum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Western Railway Museum, in Solano County, California is located on Highway 1. Rio Vista and Suisun. The museum is built along the former mainline of the Sacramento Northern Railway. Their collection focuses on trolleys, as it is primarily a museum of interurban transit equipment. The Western Railway Museum has the largest collection of Sacramento Northern Railway equipment in existence, and the museum also operates a line of the former Sacramento Northern as a heritage railway with scheduled excursions for visitors. The museum is operated by the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association (BAERA), a non- profit organization.
HistoryThe Bay Area Electric Railroad Association was started by a group of San Francisco Bay Arearail fans in 1. The group was specifically interested in electric traction, more than main line railroads. Other groups such as the California/Nevada Historical Society usually had meetings and excursions on main line subjects. BAERA held monthly social meetings, frequently showing members slides and movies to the group. The BAERA also had excursions on the many street car lines and Interurbans in the Bay Area.
As a result of an excursion over the Key System the Association purchased Key System 2. Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.
Soon other cars were given by members or purchased for the Association. These included Sacramento Northern 6. Birney street car built in 1. The car ran local service in Chico, California until 1. State of California. A number of passenger and work cars were obtained when the Key System abandoned operation of its last rail line across the Bay Bridge in 1.
But time, money and effort needed in constantly moving the equipment from place convinced the members that a permanent location for their railway museum was needed. Property was located at Rio Vista Junction, a former station stop along the Sacramento Northern Railway near Suisun, California in 1. BAERA became a 5.
California Railway Museum, later renamed to the Western Railway Museum (to avoid confusion with the California State Railroad Museum). Significant events at the Western Railway Museum include: purchase of 2. Sacramento Northern in 1. Visitors Center in 2.
Loring Jensen Memorial Car House with attendant fire suppression system - officially opening May 2. The Association also publishes a newsletter called the Review. CollectionThe BAERA maintains a substantial archive of materials relating to street railway, interurban and rapid transit subjects - focusing, of course, on the Bay Area. The archive occupies a climate controlled space in one of the newer buildings.The Association owns about 1. West, but also several Western Pacific Railroad pieces including two steam locomotives. Equipment is in a wide range of conditions, and some equipment is maintained fully operational. For example, Petaluma and Santa Rosa 6.
Peninsular Railway 5. Salt Lake and Utah 7. Sacramento Northern 6. The interurban car Sacramento Northern 1.
Oakland, Antioch and Eastern 1. The BAERA operated many excursions in its early years, and this car was used quite frequently. It was often hauled around in freight trains to reach an excursion site, and sometimes suffered damage in these trips, including a badly bent frame in June 1. The damage has been repaired and the car has been restored to its 1. The collection also includes a railroad line. This is a section of the original Sacramento Northern Railway from Montezuma (near Collinsville) north to Dozier, also a newer rail line west from Dozier to Cannon (near Vacaville). The railroad was acquired with rails and ties intact, however the electrification had been removed in 1.
The Association is reinstalling the electrification from Rio Vista Junction southward, currently reaching Bird's Landing Road, about six miles. Interurban Car. Condition. Notes. Bamberger #4. Cedar Rapids & Iowa City #1. Central California Traction Co #0. Key System #1. 82operationalrecently repaired.
Key System #1. 86stored. Key System #1. 87operational. Oakland Antioch & Eastern #1. SN motor #1. 02. 0 restored as trailer. Oregon Electric #1. Champoegcosmetically restoredrestored as trailer usable in train.
Pacific Electric #4. Peninsular Railway #5. Peninsular Railway #6.
Petaluma & Santa Rosa #6. Portland Traction Co. Richmond Shipyard Railway #5. Richmond Shipyard Railway #5. Sacramento Northern "Bidwell"awaiting restorationbody only. Sacramento Northern #1. Salt Lake & Utah #7.
Salt Lake Garfield & Western #3. San Francisco & Napa Valley #6.
San Francisco- Sacramento #1. SN motor #1. 01. 9Interurban Electric Railway #3.
Interurban Electric Railway #6. Interurban Electric Railway #6. Interurban Electric Railway #6.
Tidewater Southern #2. San Diego Trolley #1. San Diego Trolley #1. Streetcar. Condition. Notes. Blackpool Transit #2.
East Bay Street Railways #3. Key System #2. 71out of serviceneeds electric and brake work. Key System #9. 87.
Out of servicebad traction motor. Market Street Railway "San Francisco"awaiting restorationbody only. Melbourne & Metropolitan Tram Board #6. Pacific Gas & Electric Co #4.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co #6. Presidio & Ferries #2. Sacramento Electric Gas & Railway #1. San Francisco Municipal Railway #1. San Francisco Municipal Railway #1. San Francisco Municipal Railway #1. San Francisco Municipal Railway #1.
San Francisco Municipal Railway #1. Stockton Electric #5.
Sacramento Northern #6. Locomotive. Locomotive Type. Condition. Notes. Central California Traction Co. Kennecott Copper Corporation #4. Kenecott Copper Corporation #7. Kenecott Copper Corporation #7.
Key System #1. 00. Example. Sacramento Northern #1. Sacramento Northern #6. Sacramento Northern #6. Sacramento Northern #6. Salt Lake Garfield & Western DS2. San Francisco & Napa Valley #1.
Visalia Electric #5. Western Pacific #9. Western Pacific #3. Car. Car Type. Condition. Notes. East Bay Transit Co. Key System #1. 01. Key System #1. 20.
Key System #1. 21. Key System #1. 21. Sacramento Northern #1portable substationoperational.
San Francisco Municipal Railway #0. Car. Car Type. Condition. Oakland Antioch & Eastern #2.
Central California Traction #1. Central California Traction Co #2. Central California Traction Co. Denver & Rio Grande Western #6. Great Northern #X 3. Pacific Fruit Express #2.
Refrigerator Carawaiting restoration. Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac #2. Sacramento Northern Railway #1. Sacramento Northern Railway #2. Sacramento Northern Railroad #2. Shell #SCCX 6. 62tank carrestored.
Southern Pacific #1. Western Pacific #1. Western Pacific #1. Western Pacific #7. The museum todayVisitors can take a 1.
Interurban ride, picnic at the shaded grounds, browse in the Bookstore and view small exhibits in the Visitor center. Also in the Visitor center is the Depot Cafe, and F. M. Smith Library and Archives which are open two days a month for research and browsing. Also available are self- guided car house tours and guided car house tours. The museum is open on weekends throughout the year and for extended hours during the summer.
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