McCloud River Railroad
Equipment Roster
Passenger Equipment

Passenger cars #01 and 02, from the Travis Berryman collection

Underlined numbers are clickable links to a photo page of that car.

McCloud River Railroad

01: Combination coach/baggage car, 32-passenger capacity, built by J. Hammond & Company, San Francisco, CA. Likely purchased circa 1897, but original acquisition and costing documents destroyed 4/18/1906 in San Francisco fire and earthquake. Valued at $4,000 on 1906 inventory. Featured oak construction and round top doors on each end of car. Seats consisted of bamboo strips cemented to canvas and were quite comfortable. Originally equipped for steam heat. Converted 1/1939 to outfit car #01.

??: Combination coach/baggage. Purchased or built by the railroad in the first years of operation and retired upon the arrival of the #02 in 1906. Valued at $750 on 1906 inventory.

02: Combination coach/baggage, 46-passenger capacity, built 10/1906 by Hick's Locomotive and Car Works. Cost $5,800, plus $378.44 freight Chicago to Upton and $120.72 for messenger salary and expenses. Featured two compartments, one for smokers and one for non-smokers, open platforms, steam heat, double windows, and leaded glass overhead trim. Electric lights installed 4/1919, cost $137.98. Retired 8/1936 and stored until 1/1939, then converted to outfit car #02.

03: Combination coach/baggage, 32-passenger capacity, built in the McCloud car shop. Work order issued 2/10/1911, car completed 11/1912. Cost $3,841.91 ($2,201.31 labor, $1,640.60 materials). Surviving records indicated the company initially planned to classify this car as a caboose with number 015, but changed to passenger service. Add cupola 3/31/1930, cost of $366.44. Converted 1/1939 to caboose #03.

100:1:Private business car of J.H. Queal, president of the McCloud River Railroad and McCloud River Lumber Companies. Car built 3/1907 new for the railroad, almost certainly by Hick's Locomotive and Car Works. Cost $11,926. Wood frame car and featured open platforms, a galley, servant's quarters, and rode on six axle trucks. Car equipped with double windows and leaded glass overhead trim. Retired 1913 and traded in to Pullman for the 2nd #100.

100:2: Private business car of J.H. Queal. Purchased new 1913 from Pullman to replace the original #100. Steel frame car, 74' long, 10' wide, 14'4" tall, weight 149,000 pounds. Cost $17,581.10 new, with a $2,500 trade in allowance on the #100:1. Extra equipment included furnishings from old car, $583.75; Clock, $81.38; Speed Recorder, $140.78; other, $85.50. Install a typewriter desk 9/1916, cost $24; install a speed clock 9/1920, cost $71.40. Authorization for Expenditure to retire car issued 11/8/1921, following Queal's death. Sold 11/1921 to Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha, Nebraska, and total value of $21,067.81 written off of the company books. UP initially numbered this car #115. In 9/1924 UP assigned this car to subsidiary Los Angeles & Salt Lake as their business car #115, then re-numbered 3/1925 to LA&SL #144, and finally to LA&SL #120 1/1952. Retired and scrapped 7/1956.

501, 502: 51'6"-foot flats, converted from maintenance flats of the same numbers, #501 by the spring of 1963 and #502 by 1958. Both cars reclassified back to work equipment 11/1979.

1015 (02), 1803 (01), 1949: "Harriman" style 60-foot commute coaches, leased circa 1964 from the Southern Pacific and then purchased during the summer of 1966. Click on link for pictures and history.

Leased and Stored Passenger Equipment:

McCloud River Lumber Company

Railbuses #50 and #52/#63: The transition to stationary log camps meant that the lumber had to transport loggers ever increasing distances to and from work each day. Around 1940, the company built a pair of railbuses to handle this chore. Railbus #50 consisted of a large passenger compartment mounted to the frame of a GMC truck chassis which had been modified to run on rails, while the #52 (later renumbered 63) resembled a modified McKeen car. The Pondosa shops built the #52 around a CAT 60 engine. #50 generally worked out of White Horse, while the #52 worked out of Pondosa and then Kinyon. The deteriorating remains of the #52/#63 are still present at the site of Kinyon.

Crew Cars: Pictures and information on other small crew cars the lumber company used, including the four-wheel car 50A used with the #50 and other small crew transport cars.

McCloud Railway Company

824: 50' flat, converted 1994 from maintenance flat #824. Scrapped June 2011, with body sold for re-use to a buyer in the Chico, CA area.

826: 56-foot flat, converted 1995 from a maintenance flat. Upper deck added 1997. Car remains stored in McCloud in 2020.

827: Probably converted from McCloud maintenance flat #820 in 1995. Scrapped June 2011, with body sold for re-use to a buyer in the Chico, CA, area.

1713:4: Kitchen car, constructed in 1997 in the McCloud shops using ex-NOKL 60' bulkhead flat #212203 and an office trailer body. Sold and moved to Burney in October 2016.

McCloud Railway Passenger Cars
: Five ex-VIA Rail passenger cars.

Shasta Sunset Dinner Train Equipment

SCRX #6203: Privately owned passenger coach SCRX #6203 has been a fixture in the McCloud for years. The car was originally ACL Cooper River, an ACF 14 Roomette - 2 Drawing Room sleeper. It was reconfigured in 1961 to a 7 Double Dedroom - 2 Drawing Room and renamed Jay Bird. When the car was acquired by Seaboard Coast Line it was given the number 6203, retaining the Bird name. The car later became Amtrak #2303 and was retired in 1982. The car may have been used in movie work prior to coming to McCloud.

Please see the Passenger Operations section of this website for many more photos of these cars at work.