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Move 1901 Train Car to Martinez

$4,825 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 2 months
The Martinez Historical Society is raising money to haul a beautiful Victorian train car from Walnut Creek to Martinez -- which will become its new home.   Can you help out with a donation?

The beautiful, paneled train car is currently attached to the Vic Stewart Restaurant which is about to be demolished.  The train car is 82 feet long and weighs 90 tons, so moving it will require the services of a specialized heavy hauler.  The cost will be a major expenditure for a local historical society, so your tax deductible donation will help a great deal.

The Society is moving the train car to Martinez when the rains are over and the ground around it solidifies.      Later this year, the Society hopes it can 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.

There are more photographs of the train car in the Historical Society's Facebook Albums.

The exterior of the train car in its present Walnut Creek location behind the Vic Stewart Restaurant.


The unrestored Old Train Station in downtown Martinez where the Society would like the train car to be permanently 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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The area around the train car has now been cleaned up and neatly graded. This is the area where much of the former Vic Stewart Restaurant once stood. The graded and level site will make it possible to pull the car out from behind the remaining portion of the building (the 1891 Walnut Creek Train Station). Then the car will be placed on large dollies -- for the trip to Martinez.
View of Graded Site from Above the Car
View of Graded Site from Above the Car.
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Thanks again to all of you who have donated both via GoFundMe and via checks mailed to the Historical Society.

Now that the rains have stopped, workers will begin filling the hole where the basement of the Vic Stewart Restaurant was. Then the site will be graded smooth. That will then make it possible to pull the train car out from its current location so that it can be moved to Martinez.
Old Basement at Vic Stewart Restaurant
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Thanks to all of you who are donating through GoFundMe. And thanks to all of you who have donated by delivering checks to the Martinez Museum.

The rainy weather has slowed down the work at the Vic Stewart Restaurant demolition site. So the grading and fill operations around the train car -- required for its removal -- can't take place until the rain stops. While we await the sun, here is one of the historic photos taken of the train car when it was the private business car for the Soo Line.
The Soo Line Executive Car
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Here are two BEFORE and AFTER photos that document the demolition of the Vic Stewart Restaurant. In the AFTER photo, the building that you see in the background is the original 1891 Walnut Creek Train Station. It will not be torn down. It was the addition to the Station that was constructed in the 1970s that was demolished. That has revealed the train car in the back which was formerly hidden from view.

The two doorways that enabled diners to enter the train car from the restaurant have been temporarily covered in plastic.
After Demolition of the Restaurant
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$4,825 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Martinez History Society
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Martinez, CA
EIN: 942374716
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