Western Pacific #649

Technical Data

Builder Western Pacific Railroad
Number 649
Type 40′ Wood Bay Window
Date 1916/1943


  • 1916: Originally built by Pullman Company as an outside braced boxcar
  • 1943: Rebuilt by Sacramento Car Shops as a caboose by adding bay windows and end platforms
  • 1975: Donated by Western Pacific Railroad to KQED for a fund raising auction and purchased by a resident of Salinas, CA, but burned by vandals before the car could be moved
  • 1975-1983: Burned car sits on a siding in Salinas
  • 1983: Purchased by Sam and Laura Jenkinsen to be restored as an office for their contracting business
  • February 2000: Donated to the PLA for preservation
  • In service while undergoing restoration, Brightside, CA