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In trying to find a Train Transport photo for the Scav Hunt, we took a road trip a few Saturdays ago to the Western Railway Museum. The museum, located on Hwy 12 between Fairfield and Rio Vista, CA, is a collection of historic electric railway artifacts, including many working streetcars, trolleys, interurbans and electric locomotives, some of which you can ride over a portion of the original historic main line of the Sacramento Northern Railway.

The following is from Wikipedia (see link for much more info): The Sacramento Northern Railway began as an electric interurban railway system in California, operating under that name between 1918 and 1983 (previously "Northern Electric" from 1904-1918). It was a subsidiary of the Western Pacific Railroad from 1921. Passenger service ceased in 1941 and the system operated as a shortline freight-hauling railroad thereafter. The Sacramento Northern Railway was created out of two different systems; one, the "North End", stretched north of Sacramento through the agricultural Sacramento Valley to Chico and was originally the Northern Electric Railway. This portion reformed as the Sacramento Northern in 1918. The "South End" linked Oakland with Sacramento, and was merged into the Sacramento Northern in 1928. It was formerly known as the San Francisco–Sacramento Railroad, and before that the Oakland, Antioch and Eastern Railway. The merged portions used different electrical standards, and only some cars could traverse the entire route.The line was one of the longest interurban runs in the nation, and was built and operated to very high standards. As with most interurban systems, passenger service became increasingly unprofitable, even after the cars entered San Francisco itself via the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from 1939.

This is a photo of Key System car #187, which is an articulated all-steel suburban car designed and built to run over the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge. These cars ran in trains of up to 7 units on five lines across the Bay Bridge and in East Bay streets from 1939 to 1958. This car is currently configured in the early Pacific City Lines (post 1948) appearance. Built by Bethlehem Shipyard, Willington, DE. in 1937. But I don’t think this counts as “train transport”, since it is not being pulled by an engine or locomotive (definition of "train" from the dictionary), so I will have to continue the search for another photo for the Hunt.

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