RPO 1401

Pacific Electric Railway Post Office no. 1401 poses with operators and fans (identified as Dick Burns and Jack Ferrier) at the Macy Street Yard some time in the late 1940s.

Modified based on comment

Robert T. McVay Photo, Norm Suydam Collection

From Interurban Special 37:

In 1902, desperately short of cars, Old PE purchased fifteen out of service cars from The Golden Gate Park & Ocean Railroad of San Francisco; three were motor cars, twelve were open trailers, all quite large, having originally been hauled by steam (locomotives). Unsuited for high speed operation, Old PE relegated the cars to a side track for a time, then rebuilt them. The three box motors cars were narrowed, their windows made to open, seats upholstered and speed increased. Of the dozen trailers, six became passenger trailers, six box motors. The passenger trailers eventually were motorized and became PE 1350, 1351, 467, 468 and 1360 (one was retired before 1911); the box motors became 1410 – 1415.

In 1930, passenger and mail combo 1350 was renumbered IV 1401 – a baggage-mail car. In 1936, the mail facilities were removed and thereafter this car was a box motor. In its later years this car gained fame as being the oldest operating electrical car in the nation. It was finally scrapped in 1947, the last of the Golden Gates.

– Ira Swett 1965, Interurbans Special # 37, Page 523

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  • Michael Patris

    Norm Suydam reminds us this photo of 1401 is unique in that it shows the car in the ‘box car’ red color scheme for company service not the PE or Electric Lines RED.

  • Alan Fishel

    That is Dick Burns and Jack Ferrier on the ground at the left of the 1401. This would be around 1947=48 since the 1401 was scrapped before 1950.

    – thank you, Alan! – ed.

  • Everett Neal

    I think it’s a shame that this unusual, but interesting Pacific Electric equipment, built in 1887, was scrapped in 1947. It would’ve been a great attraction at OERM. A piece of Pacific Electric history is gone forever.

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