McCloud River Railroad #1711

Pullman, 1914, converted to Fire Water Car, 1941
40’ Steel, Riveted, 6000 gallon / Fire Water / 45 ton capacity / (40,000 lbs. estimated)
History: Built new as McCloud River Railroad outside framed boxcar #3029. The railroad converted the car to log flatcar #2325 in 1938. In July 1941, the McCloud Shops added a tank and fire pump to make fire car #1711. PLA purchased the car from the McCloud Railroad in 2012. Car was trucked from McCloud to Brightside on August 10, 2012. Car was restored in 2014 to its livery as worn on the McCloud and outfitted as a water car to support the steam program.

The #1711 is also a bit of a movie star having “starred” in the 1986 movie, Stand By Me.   In the famous railroad bridge scene where the oncoming steam powered freight trains chases down the stars of the movie as they struggle to get off of the bridge in time, the #1711 was one of the freight cars in that train as those scenes were filmed on the McCloud Railroad.

Tank McCloud River RR, July 1941

40′, Steel, 6000 gallon / with platform(Weight unknown)

View some restoration photos on the NCRy Steam website here.

View some historic photos on the NCRY Steam website here.

McCloud #1711 sits in Sunol with Clover Valley Lumber Co. #4. The #1711 has been used to provide a movable water source for our steam engines when we need extra water or water in a place where we do not have access to water hook-ups.
Photo by: Christopher Hauf – Used with permission.