The Claycord Online Museum – BART’s Test Train in 1967

December 31, 2013 15:22 pm · 12 comments


This picture is for sale on eBay, and shows a Bay Area Rapid Transit test car B (built by Budd & Western Pacific in 1965) making a test run on the Concord line on September 6, 1967 (five years before service began).

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1 mwo1859 December 31, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Thank you Mayor. That is awesome.

2 nytemuvr December 31, 2013 at 3:47 PM

That’s the only Bart car I’ve ever rode. They gave free rides from the Maintenance yard, down Minert to Bancroft and back. That looks like the Bancroft overpass back then and was the “test track”. Don’t think that’s Oak Grove Rd., but those brain cells are worn pretty good at this point.

3 Hobo December 31, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Imagine if we did not have the Tea Party, the system would be larger and more well funded by now.

4 Kirkwood December 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I remember those – weren’t there 3 test cars, A, B, & C?

5 SAR December 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I believe that ‘nytemuvr #2′ is correct!

6 NoMoreFreeRide December 31, 2013 at 5:09 PM

#2 you are correct it’s Bancroft at Minert Rd. looking North.

7 nytemuvr December 31, 2013 at 5:52 PM

@Kirkwood #4
I think you’re right that there were 3 test cars, wouldn’t lay my hand on the Bible on that though. I do remember people that lived on Minert and the road on the other side of the tracks weren’t real happy about Bart then….wasn’t as quiet as they were lead to believe.

8 ClayDen December 31, 2013 at 5:54 PM


The Tea Party has been around since 2009. You are clueless.

9 Jojo Potato December 31, 2013 at 5:58 PM

That overpass got beefed up later when they realized how heavy the real cars were going to be (or were). Take a look next time you go by there how different it looks now.

10 Anon December 31, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Hey look! No thugs from over the hill!

11 Noflow December 31, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Yep, that is Bancroft at Minert
Minert on the right, close
The chain link security fence on the left is still there on google maps, looks like the David street sign on the right side of picture with a white wooden fence behind it; the house on Bancroft just down from David has (still?) a similar white wooden fence.

12 tredogandi January 1, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Very cool shot!

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