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.