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Date of photo: 1910s
In the early 20th century some railroads started replacing their steam locomotives with gasoline-powered motorcars on shorter, passenger-only runs. This is Southern Pacific Motorcar #13, which ran between Sparks and Truckee, crossing the Truckee River west of Reno. This was a McKeen Motorcar, similar to the one the V&T bought about the same time.
Date Uploaded: March 5, 2018
Source: Facebook: Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City
Source Caption: Winter is here and we have a classic photo from our Stanley Palmer Collection. This is Southern Pacific's #13, a 55-foot McKeen Motor Car, making the third crossing of the Truckee River south of Verdi, Nevada, circa 1915. SP operated this McKeen Car between Tahoe City, California, and Sparks to allow railroad employees and their families to visit Reno for shopping trips or to run errands.