Move 1901 Train Car to Martinez

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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 in late February.   Later in the 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 closely 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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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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Thanks again to everyone who has donated to-date to help raise the funds to truck the Vic Stewart train car to its new home in Martinez. This handsome, historic train car will be quite an asset to our community.

Here is another photo of the train car interior. This is the former galley. In the 1970s, the kitchen equipment was removed and the galley was converted into another room which could be used for other purposes. While the car was part of the Vic Stewart Restaurant, it was a dining room which could accommodate 10 people.
The Train Car's Former Galley (Kitchen).
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The Historical Society appreciates the donations made to-date for the purpose of trucking the 82 foot long train car to Martinez. Every donation helps.

Here is another photo of the interior of the 1901 train car. This is one of the private sleeping compartments. Above the windows is a large cabinet with a curved door which, when opened in the evening with a special key, drops down to reveal a bed in which to sleep the night.
One of the Car's Sleeping Compartments
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Thanks to everyone who has donated to our campaign to-date! If you haven't donated yet, please consider doing so. The move of the train car to Martinez is scheduled for the last week of this month (March)!
The Car's Beautiful Built-in Sideboard
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$4,470 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 1 month
Funds raised will benefit:
Martinez History Society
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Martinez, CA
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