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McKeen Motor Cars on the Southern Pacific Co. Railroads

Order Number/Date Railroad Road Number Weight Length Seat Notes
020-  9/1908 SPCo. #20 (Later #1) 32T 55’2″ 75 Renumbered #20 (under C.P. Ownership) Laid Aside 7-31-1920, Scrapped 12-1921
056- 8/1909 SF&WRw #1 34T 70′ 64 To SPCo. #67, 2/1916, Laid Aside 1/–/1934, Scrapped 4/30/1936
048- 8/1909 M&P #1 30T 55’6″ 72 To AERR #1, Then SPCo.#69, Scrapped 7/13/1934
049- 8/1909 M&P #2 30T 55’6″ 72 To AERR #2, then SPCo. #71, Scrapped 6/20/1935
023-  8/1908 SPCo. #23 (Later #3) 30.5T 55’2″ 71 Laid Aside 7/31/1920, Scrapped 2/1923
024-  8/1908 SPCo. #24 (Later #5) 31T 55’2″ 71 Laid Aside 7/31/1920, Scrapped 2/1923
025-  8/1908 SPCo. #25 (Later #7) 30.5T 55’2″ 71 Laid Aside 7/31/1920, Scrapped 12/1921
026- 8/1908 SPCo. #26 (Later #9) 30.5T 55’2″ 71 Laid Aside 7/31/1920, Scrapped 5/21/1923
027- 8/1908 SPCo. #27 (Later #11) 30.5T 55’2″ 71 Burned 10/11/12
028- 8/1908 SPCo. #28 (Later #13) 30.5T 55’2″ 71 Laid Aside  7/31/1920,  Scrapped 5/22/1923
029- 9/1908 SPCo. #29 (Later #15) 30.5T 55’2″ 71 (Under C.P. Ownership) Scrapped 2/14/1923
030- 9/1908 SPCo. #30 (Later #17) 30.5T 55’2″ 71 (Under C.P. Ownership) Laid Aside  7/31/1920,  Scrapped 2/1923
034-  2/1909 SPCo. #21 30T 55’2″ 69 Laid Aside 7/31/1920, Scrapped 6/10/1925
035-  2/1909 SPCo. #23 30T 55’2″ 70 Laid Aside  7/21/1920,  Scrapped 5/22/1923
036-  2/1909 SPCo. #25 30T 55’2″ 69 Scrapped 6/28/1926
037-  3/1909 SPCo. #27 30T 55’2″ (Later 70′ in 1917) 69        Laid Aside 1/–/1934, Scrapped 4/9/1936
038-  3/1909 SPCo. #29 30T 55’2″(Later 70′ in 1917) 69 Laid Aside 10/1936, Scrapped 12/18/1936
043- 8/1909 SPCo. #31 30T 55’6″(Later 70′ in 1917) 69 Laid aside 1/–/1934, Scrapped 4/16/1936
044- 8/1909 SPCo. #33 30T 55’6″ 69 Laid aside 7/31/1920, Scrapped 6/10/1925
045- –/1909 SPCo. #35 30T 55’6″ 69 Laid aside 7/31/1920, Scrapped 11/21/23
071- 4/1910 SPCo. #37 35T 70′ 62 Laid Aside 1/1934, Scrapped 4-30-1936
072- 4/1910 SPCo. #39 35T 70′ 62  Laid Aside 8/1936, Scrapped 12/16/1936
062- 11/1909 Ore.&Cal. #41 30T 55’2″ 62 To SPCo.#41, Laid Aside 8/10/36. Scrapped 12/16/1936.
092- 12/1910 SPCo. #43 30T 70′ 62 Laid Aside 1/1934, Scrapped 6/30/1936
093- 9/1910 SPCo. #45 30T 70′ 62 Laid Aside 1/1939, used as Paint Shop in Roseville.
094- 1/1911 SPCo. #47 30T 70′ 62 Laid Aside 7/9/1935, Scrapped 4/2/1936, used as engineer’s locker house
095- 1/1911 SPCo. #49 30T 70′ 62 Laid aside 8/10/1936, Scrapped in Calexico 12/17/1936
050- 8/1909  FC de S #50 30T 55′ 75 Only McKeen Car To Mexico, To SPCo. #50 2/1911, Scrapped 1936.
096- 2/1911 SPCo. #51 30T 70′ 62 Laid aside 8/10/1936, Scrapped in Calexico 12/17/1936
 097- 2/1911 SPCo. #53 30T 70′ 62 Laid aside 1/1934, reportedly used as a storehouse in Brooklyn
 098- 3/1911 SPCo. #55 30T 70′ 62 Under C.P. Ownership, Laid aside 1/1934, scrapped 7-25-1935
 099- 3/1911 SPCo. #57 30T 70′ 62 Under C.P. ownership, Laid Aside 1/1934, Scrapped 7-25-1935
100- 3/1911 SPCo. #59 30T 70′ 62 Under C.P. ownership, Burned in crash with Truck, Florence Calif. 1/20/1921
101- 3/1911 SPCo. #61 30T 70′ 62 Laid Aside 1/1939, Scrapped 7-16-1939
064- 2/1910 SPCo. #63 30T 55’2″ 75 Laid Aside 1/1923, Scrapped 4/21/1923
079- 8/1910 Ore&Cal #65 35T 70′ 86 Rear pilot and whistle installed 8/1920, To SPCo. #65, Laid Aside 1/1935, Scrapped 3/12/36
138- –/1913 MLARR&S #1001 39T 70′ 20 To T.&N.O. #1001, Scrapped 12/31/1920
139- –/1913 MLARR&S #1002 39T 70′ 20 To T.&N.O. #1002, Scrapped 4/23/1935
140- –/1913 GH&SA #1003 39T 70′ 20 To T.&N.O. #1003, Scrapped 10/16/1929
141- –/1913 GH&SA #1004 39T 70′ 20 To T.&N.O. #1004, Scrapped 4/16/1931
142- –/1913 HTC #1005 39T 70′ 20 To T.&N.O. #1005, Scrapped 11/16/1929

Photo Courtesy of The Boardmans & Browns of Winnipeg founder, Bonnie J. MacDonald http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/vancouver-b-c-the-road-leads-west/The photo has no markings, front or back, but because of the 55′ #31 Southern Pacific McKeen Car, I can tell that that car was built 8/1909 and so was its sisters #33 and 35.  But in this photo, the motor car in front of the #31 is the Oregon Short Line #480, and you can see its number if you look closely.  The 70′ behind the #31 is probably the Oregon Short Line #470 because of the window configuration. #31, #33, and #35 where 55′ 6″ which was an odd size; only two other 55’6″ McKeen Cars were the Maricopa & Phoenix Railroad #1 and 2, which later became the Arizona Eastern #1 and 2 and even later becoming the Southern Pacific #69 and 70.

Southern Pacific McKeen Motor Car interiorCourtesy Of Madison Kirkman, M.M.C.C.H.S.
Postcard of the Southern Pacific McKeen Motor Car interior.

A photo of #9 at mile post 123, the east end of Bloomer’s Cut, a cut in the earth 800 feet long, and 63 feet high.  Quite the accomplishment for 1864.

Postcard Courtesy of Madison Kirkman, M.M.C.C.H.S.

Postcard version of the last photograph.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Photo of motor car M-17, after being renumbered from #30. was scrapped in 1923.

Photo courtesy of Michael J. Semas Collection

Southern Pacific #19, shown here in this photo probably taken between 1909 and 1912, since there is no visible cow catcher on the rear of the car, which was added in February of 1912.  This postcard shows the station at Clovis, California.

Photo courtesy of Michael J. Semas Collection

Another view of S.P. #19, after 1912, as there is a cow catcher on the back.  This view must have been taken between 1912 and 1923, as it was retired from service in 1923 (possibly scrapped?)

Photo Courtesy of Madison Kirkman M.M.C.C.H.S.

Here is a postcard of the Southern Pacific #23, which was built in February of 1909, and scraped in May of 1923.

Photo Courtesy of Madison Kirkman M.M.C.C.H.S.

This is a different postcard, possibly made with the same photo as the postcard shown above.

Photo Courtesy of Madison Kirkman M.M.C.C.H.S.

Here is a rare postcard of S.P. #23 at the Sacramento Station around 1910.

Photo courtesy of Michael J. Semas Collection

Postcard of Southern Pacific #25, taken before the image below, as this shows the unmodified cab and roof.  This photo was probably taken before mid 1910’s as that’s when the S.P. started modifying their motor cars.  This photo was taken in Oakdale, California.Southern Pacific Motor Car #25, with the parabolic design, shown in the blueprint at the bottom of this page.  This car was built in 1908-’09, and was received by the railroad on February 25th, 1909.  What ever happened to this car is unknown, but it is believed it was scraped in or before 1936.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

McKeen Cars #27 and #29, both factory built as 55′ models, and then cut in half, and rebuilt with and extra 15′ of frame to turn the car into a 70′ model.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

S.P. #28, later #13, is seen here in Sacramento in 1909.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

In December of 1909, the first major modification was made to the Southern Pacific #33, a steam locomotive headlight, from engine #2657 was placed on top of of the cab.  This was soon to be the way they railroad would replace the small headlamps that came factory.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Photo of S.P. #37, taken around 1909-1910.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Photo of S.P. #37, probably sitting in Sacramento near the motor car shops.  Photo taken in 1912.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Here is a photo of S.P. #37 sitting in the Sacramento “scrapyard” awaiting being scrapped.  This photo was probably taken at the same as the photo below, around the late 30’s.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

S.P. #39, 70′ passenger/baggage McKeen Car, with photo taken between 1910 and the late 1920’s.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Southern Pacific #39 with a damaged nose due to collision with a yard engine, photo taken Nov. 13th, 1917, which clearly shows the torn sheet metal and missing cow catcher.  To the right, you can see the old S.P. station of Sacramento, which was torn down soon after the new station was built.

A photo of S.P. #41 before ownership was transferred from the Oregon & California Railway on 4/17/1929.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Photo of S.P. 41 at the end of it’s life, sitting with most of it’s windows busted out and the Builders plate missing, possibly scrapped for the 1 1/2  pounds of brass that it was made of.  This photo was probably taken in 1936 to ’38.

Photo courtesy of Michael J. Semas Collection

Southern Pacific #45 was built in September of 1910, as a 70′, 30 ton, 62 passenger motor car.  This car was converted to a all passenger motor car in December of 1925, and was later used as a paint shop in Roseville after being vacated in 1939.

Photo Courtesy of Madison Kirkman, M.M.C.C.H.S.

Photo of #45, likely at Diamond Springs.  This car would haul a trailer car from Sacramento on this line, but would leave it at Folsom, to then finish the run to Placerville.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

S.P. #47, at a crossing in Northern California.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Here is a photo of S.P. #47 taken October 30th, 1920, after running into a truck.

McKeen Motor Car 47 Colton Cal
Courtesy of Bob Morris, Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society

Southern Pacific #47 used as an office in the Colton, California Rail Yard.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

S.P. #53, a 70′, Mail/Baggage/Smoker/Passenger motor car, completed in February of 1911, and vacated by 1935, and possibly used as a building in Brooklyn, Calif.

Photo courtesy of Michael J. Semas Collection

Southern Pacific Motor Car #57, built in 1911 as a 70′, 30 ton, 62 passenger motor car that was scrapped in January of 1934.  This car was modified heavily when this photo was taken, so I believe it was taken between 1918 and 1934.  One thing to notice, upon a closer look, is that there is a dog sitting on the sandbox in the cab.  Some historians joke that no black and white photograph is complete with out a dog, this is clearly an odd example of that.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

C.P. (Central Pacific) #59, a Parabolic 70′ Mail/Baggage/Smoker/Passenger motor car with seating for 62 passenger.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb

Collection.C.P. #61, a 70′, 62 passenger, Mail/Baggage/Smoker/Passenger Motor car completed on April 7th, 1911, and scrapped in July of 1939.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

O.&.C. (Oregon & California) #65 was a 70′, Baggage/Smoker/Passenger car completed September 7th, 1910, and scrapped after March 1936.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Here are a few photos of the 6 car McKeen Train, which shows 6 Southern Pacific McKeen Cars being transported under their own power to Sacramento.

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Photo Courtesy of the Guy L. Dunscomb Collection

Here is Design Plan #134 for a 55′, parabolic all passenger McKeen Car, like that used in the motor car’s #19, #21, #25, #27, #29, #31, #33, and #35.  The only exceptions to this are that #27 and #29 were sent back to the factory to become 70′ models, design plan #211

Design Plan for a 70′ Parabolic Mail/Baggage/Smoker/Passenger Motor car.  The S.P. and C.P. motor cars that had this design were S.P.- #37, #39, #43, #45, #47, #49, #51, and #53, while the C.P. Cars were #55, #57, #59, and #61.

Design Plan for a 55′, knife-edge nose, all passenger Motor car.  The S.P. had this design on #3, #5, #7, #9, #13, and #15 while the O&C (Oregon & California) had this design in car #41, and the C.P. had it in car #17.

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