Move 1901 Train Car to Martinez

$5,575 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 85 people in 19 months
Over $9,500 has been raised to-date to cover the costs of moving the Train Car to Martinez!  That includes donations made through GoFundMe plus checks mailed directly to the Martinez Historical Society or dropped off at the Martinez Museum.

We came very close to our goal of $10,000.  So once again, the Historical Society would like to THANK YOU for your generous donations which have made it possible to keep the historic Vic Stewart Train Car here in Contra Costa County -- and more specifically in Martinez.  Your help was greatly appreciated!

To see photos of the move, click on the update button above and to the right which says 18. 

The Arrival of the Train Car in Martinez
Enroute from Walnut Creek to Martinez
The Car is Loaded Up and Ready to Leave Walnut Creek for the First Time Since 1973.
The 75 Ton Crane Lifts One End of the 90 Ton Train Car
The Crane -- Poised over the Train Below.
Preparing to Lift the Train Car with the  Crane
The paneled interior of the train car's Observation Room.

The train car in its former Walnut Creek location behind the Vic Stewart Restaurant.
Since 1973, Contra Costa County has been home to this historic train car.  The beautiful, paneled car was attached to the well-known Vic Stewart Restaurant in Walnut Creek.  The restaurant has now been demolished -- except for the portion that was the 1891 Walnut Creek Train Station) -- to make way for a new building.     The Historical Society hopes the car can eventually be attached to the Old Train Station in downtown Martinez where the public can once again enjoy this historic train car, one of the finest of its type in the USA.  The Society is working with the City of Martinez on the project.

Here is the unrestored Old Train Station in downtown Martinez where the Society hopes the train car can one day be placed.

These are two contrasting views of the Old Train Station.  The first photo was taken before 1915.  The second was taken 100 years later -- in 2015.  The building lost its second story in a 1940 fire.

Your donation will be received by the Martinez Historical Society.  The Martinez Museum is the Society's home.
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1. Just before leaving Walnut Creek, the moving crew from Taylor Heavy Haul posed for a group picture in the very Victorian Observation Room of the train car.

2. After the train car was moved to Martinez, it is placed back on its own trucks (wheel and axle assemblies) at the Eco Services Plant in Martinez. At this point the day is fading.

3. After a 14-hour work day, the crew poses for one last photo in front of the train car before returning to their homes in the Roseville area.
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Here is today's update. See the photos below.

Photo 1. The moving crew goes to dinner and leaves the train car parked at Eco Services -- where it will be temporarily stored while the Historical Society works on the vehicle. By the time the crew returns, the light is beginning to fade -- despite the long summer day.

Photo 2. The crane was also moved from Walnut Creek to Martinez -- along with the train car. Here it is once again pressed into use to put the train car back on its own trucks (wheel and axle assemblies).

Photo 3. The crew continues to work as dusk falls. At this point, they have been working on the car for 13 hours.
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Photo 1. Here is the train car being hauled north on Highway 680 from Walnut Creek.

Photo 2. The front of the train car rests on a dolly attached to the back of the heavy truck. The rear of the car is supported on a second and independent dolly. That dolly is steerable when going around sharp turns.

Photo 3. The train car arrives in Martinez at its temporary location, the Eco Services Plant, where volunteers can work on it.
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Here is a 5-minute time-lapse video that shows the 1901 train car loading process in Walnut Creek. Then there is a small amount of footage of the train car being moved north on Highway 680. Then there is the unloading process at the Eco Services Plant in Martinez.
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$5,575 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 85 people in 19 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Martnez Historical Society
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Martinez, CA
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