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Timber Heritage Association board approves purchasing of five passenger cars for tourist train
Sunday 30 Aug 2009, 02:46
Filed under: Humboldt, Northwestern Pacific Railroad, Railroad, Samoa, THA
Southern Pacific (SP) passenger car #unknown by Mike Mucklin Feb 2009

Southern Pacific (SP) passenger car #unknown by Mike Mucklin Feb 2009

Southern Pacific (SP) passenger car #2109 by Mike Mucklin Feb 2009

Southern Pacific (SP) passenger car #2109 by Mike Mucklin Feb 2009

Southern Pacific (SP) passenger car #2148 by Mike Mucklin Feb 2009

Southern Pacific (SP) passenger car #2148 by Mike Mucklin Feb 2009

Southern Pacific (SP) passenger car #unknown by Mike Mucklin Feb 2009

Southern Pacific (SP) passenger car #unknown by Mike Mucklin Feb 2009

Southern Pacific (SP) passenger car #2091? by Mike Mucklin Feb 2009

Southern Pacific (SP) passenger car #2091? by Mike Mucklin Feb 2009

Thanks to Mike Mucklin who photographed these Southern Pacific (SP) passenger cars February of  2009 at Portola, CA.

They may not look like much, with their windows busted out, and rust, but they are in good running shape. Most of the seats are intact. Interiors will have to be redone. Due to weather, and wildlife.

I’m trying to dig up history of them. They are currently owned by the Virgina & Truckee (V&T) restoration/rebuilding commission that is extending the railroad there. Prior to that they were owned by the Golden Gate Railroad Museum.

From Espee website these would be Suburban, not Harriman. Also called Subs.

72-IC-1 – 60 built 1924 4-TC-2 trucks #2085-2144

IC stands for interurban coach.

2109 and 2091? would be of this class.

72-IC-2 – 10 built 1924 4-TC-2 trucks #2145-2154

2148 would be of this class.

interior shot of 21xx style passenger car, though not of one of ours

interior shot of 21xx style passenger car, though not of one of ours

Originally delivered in SP Dark Olive Green, repainted two-tone gray in 1954 and later to solid Lark Dark Gray after 1968. Always with a black roof.

These are the style of passenger cars that ran up in this area. What is next, is the commission still has to sell them, property owners, hoping our Harbor District will allow us to put them on the property, move them to the allowed property after laying tracks to put them on, and restoring them.

In order to run them on the NWP/NCRA’s tracks the passenger cars will have to certified, any environmental studies done, NCRA/NWP tracks upgraded with new ties where needed, plus whatever else is needed, and that track certified by the FRA. Also clearing of remaining track of vegetation.

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11 Comments

What about those cars sitting in Scotia just off 101? Are they going to be used as well?

Comment by Anon

We don’t have any plans for those. They have quite a bit of work needed to restore them. Things like windows, wheels, brakes. Brake mechanism will have to be sent in to be restored, and certified. I don’t remember who owns them now.

Comment by capdiamont

Why not get some of the local kinetic artists to design and build three or four fun passenger-powered hand cars that will take small groups on day trips along the existing track from Scotia north?

Comment by Godknot

How goes the repair work on the diesel engine in Arcata?

Comment by Joshua Woods

Where are the photos taken at Portpla? What are the SP car numbers of these?

Comment by Carl

The problem I see as a regular event, some people wouldn’t ride it, that would ride a regular train. I would like everyone to enjoy the train. Also distance, that is a long distance, in that mode of travel.

Though what you propose is being done as an yearly event down in Santa Rosa. Next one is Sept 27th. “The Great Handcar Regatta”

I would love to see a yearly event of such, up here.

Comment by capdiamont

The photos weren’t taken by me, so I don’t know exact location, but they are in the Union Pacific(UP) yard, by the museum, I’m told.

Comment by capdiamont

Car #’s that I know of is 2109, 2148, and 2091? I keep forgetting to call the treasurer to find out more.

Comment by capdiamont

The repair work seems to be going fine. It would be nice to move it to Somoa, for further work, and painting.

Comment by capdiamont

How are you going to get these cars to Humboldt County?

Don Nelson

Comment by Don Nelson

They are going to be trucked in. I think over 299.

Comment by capdiamont




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