United States Navy
40′ Flat Car
Unknown – 1931
Boeing Corporation – 1999
Travel Town is the proud home of a trio of historic pieces of World War II era U.S. Navy railroad equipment, all of which served together at the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant in Torrance. Flat car No. USN 61-02011 came to the Museum in 1999 along with the ex-Navy locomotive crane. The two being reunited with their one-time Torrance companion, the EMD Model 40 switch engine, affectionately known to Travel Town visitors as the “Charley Atkins”. Flat cars have been used since the earliest days of railroading to transport large or heavy items, such as lumber, steel beams, heavy machinery, and military vehicles.
Consider making a donation to help our museum volunteers restore the trains and improve your Travel Town experience!
In 2008, the Navy flat car was refurbished from top to bottom by Boy Scouts from Troop 234 of Port Hueneme, under the leadership of Eagle Scout, Zach Totten. Zach’s Eagle Leadership Project included refinishing and/or replacement of the wooden deck planks along with a complete repainting – bringing the car back to its World War II appearance!