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Portola in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Central California Traction Company 24

Steel Cupola Caboose

 
 
Central California Traction Company 24 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
1. Central California Traction Company 24 Marker
Inscription.  CCT 24 was originally built for the famous Santa Fe Railway as part of its first order of all steel cabooses. Built in St. Charles, Missouri by American Car and Foundry, the 24 was part of the same class of cars as ATSF 999197, another caboose that can be seen around the WPRM facility.

The Central California Traction Company was an electric interurban railroad built between Stockton and Sacramento, California in the early 20th century. In 1924 the railroad was purchased equally by the Western Pacific, Southern Pacific and Santa Fe railroads, giving them access to the agricultural region between the two endpoint cities. Eventually, the CCT retired all electric power and went to diesels. The company still operates today between Stockton and Lodi, California, and in the Port of Stockton.

As ATSF 1547, this caboose served for 40 years before being sold to the CCT in 1967 along with 2 other cabooses. Originally, all 3 were painted in a silver scheme with a black stripe along the window line. Later, they received an all red scheme with small lettering. In 1978, the 24 was rebuilt with plexiglass windows and other improvements while receiving
Central California Traction Company Caboose #24 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
2. Central California Traction Company Caboose #24
(marker is mounted on caboose)
a new version of the CCT red colors, including large logos on the sides.

CCT 24 was the last caboose in regular service on the railroad. It operated on the last train from Sacramento to Lodi when that line was embargoed in August 1998. Retired after 72 years of continuous service, this classic caboose sat in the railroad's Stockton Shops until a trade was arranged that brought the 24 to the museum. Future plans call for restoring the caboose to her 1978 external appearance and presenting the interior as a fully functional shortline caboose.

builder • American Car & Foundry
built • 1927
type • Radial Roof Steel Cupola
length • 37' 0" overall
original cost • $4,500.00
operating weight • 49,500 lbs
acquisition • donated from CCT
 
Erected by Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 39° 48.188′ N, 120° 28.615′ W. Marker is in Portola, California, in Plumas County. Marker can be reached from Western Pacific Way Ό mile west of Main Street. Marker is mounted directly on the subject caboose, on exhibit in the Western Pacific Railroad Museum yard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Western Pacific Way, Portola CA 96122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Central California Traction Company Caboose #24 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
3. Central California Traction Company Caboose #24
are within walking distance of this marker. Sacramento Northern Railway 712 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 501 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 925-C (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Pacific Railroad MW208 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 428 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 484 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 805-A (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific 106 "Charles O. Sweetwood" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portola.
 
Also see . . .
1. CCT24 (originally ATSF 1547). (link presents caboose interior photos) (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Central California Traction Company. The Central California Traction Company started out in 1907 connecting the towns of Stockton and Lodi to the north. By 1910, the line had continued further northward to Sacramento. It was considered a full-scale interurban operation, complete with overhead wire within Stockton, Lodi and Sacramento, and an electrified third rail in the rural areas in between. (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Central California Traction Company (Wikipedia)
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Caboose #999197 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
4. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Caboose #999197
(located nearby in Western Pacific Railroad Museum yard)
. The railroad operated over the same line from Lodi and Stockton to Sacramento until 1998, when service to Sacramento was suspended. Currently the tracks remain between Stockton and Sacramento, being kept for future operational options. One of the Central California Traction Company train stations survives in Acampo, just north of Lodi. This station was converted to a residence, with interior walls and an expansion. (Submitted on December 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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