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Capital Transit in Washington, DC

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, October 24, 2022 9:09 PM

Thanks

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Posted by rcdrye on Monday, October 24, 2022 7:32 PM

The number 370 makes it hard to match with the roster in Leroy King's "100 years of Capital Traction" (There's a gap between 366 and 377), but looking at photo captions and notes this is one of a large lot of Brill cars from around 1910 that started out as Washington Ry & Electric.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, October 24, 2022 3:01 AM

Dech-roof double-end car at Benning Yard.  Who can tell us which of the two predicessor compnies first owned this car?

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 3:31 PM

Another look at the powerplant coal operation:

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, October 15, 2022 4:15 PM

Backj toi Benning Yard:

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 8:37 AM

CApital Transit's freight motor pulling a string of coal hopper cars from the interchange with the B & O to the Benning Patomic Edison Power Plant, reached by a branch off the Benning Road streetcar line.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, April 8, 2022 9:17 AM

More 1947 or 1948 Capital Transit photos.  Someone with a better memory than mine can tell us the locations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, April 4, 2022 10:18 PM

An earlier post showed the inside of the Georgetown plow-pit of the "20" Cabin John Line.  Here is an inbound PCC transitioning from overhead wire to conduit aat tht plow-pit:

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, April 4, 2022 2:27 AM

Two 1947 photos at Union Station:

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, December 2, 2021 4:33 AM

Hurrah for your sister!

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Posted by rcdrye on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 6:20 PM

Joe Lieberman.  I checked.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 10:14 AM

Mayy have been Christopher Dodd.

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 3:33 AM

Joe Liebermasn?  The one Democratic senator who voted for Bill Clinton's impeachment over lieing before Congress under Oath/

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Posted by Enzoamps on Monday, November 29, 2021 8:44 PM

For anyone interested, here is an overview:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Capitol_subway_system

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Posted by rcdrye on Monday, November 29, 2021 2:00 PM

Can't remember his name offhand but he was from Connecticut.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, November 29, 2021 10:34 AM

And now?

And just curiouis, which senator?

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Posted by rcdrye on Monday, November 29, 2021 9:33 AM

One of my sisters worked for a senator in the late 1990s.  The monorail was still in use then.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, November 29, 2021 7:12 AM

I get the  distinction and thank you.

Still wondering about that antique electric much-used monorail.

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Posted by WILLIAM O CRAIG on Sunday, November 28, 2021 4:34 PM

Should be the Capitol Grounds, because you're referring to the grounds around the building, not the grounds of the whole capital city.

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, November 27, 2021 10:12 AM

Thanks! I'd  foegotten the difference.

And so it the tunnel is under the Capitol Grounds, not the Capitol  Building itself.  Or should it be Capital Grounds when referring to the campus and not the building itself?

I've also done some editing.  And make-up.

And while I'm asking questions:

Does the underground monorail used by Senators or Congressmen (forget whch) still exist? 

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Posted by WILLIAM O CRAIG on Friday, November 26, 2021 6:28 PM

I first encountered Washington streetcars in 1949 when I was visiting my sister there as a high school graduation present.  That summer they were building the underground passages at Dupont Circle, two for streetcars and another for motor traffic, and had built temporary tracks above ground around the edge of the circle. Last I knew they still had not found a use for those old streetcar tunnels.  Later I was working in Washington for Traffic World magazine when I rode the last of the cars.  I have been asked what happened when snowfalls covered the tracks with underground conduits and they couldn't spread salt on the streets.  They substituted bus service, and not very well.  I remember catching a bus on F Street one snowy day when they had been substituted for the Mount Pleasant streetcar line.  The bus was slipping and sliding all over, trying to drive on the tracks down the middle of  the street to stop at the safety islands.  Plus the fact that they didn't have enough extra buses available for full service.

   By the way, it was CapitAl Transit, with an "A"--the capitOl is  the building. Sorry, I am a retired editor.

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, November 25, 2021 3:44 AM

For Thasnksgiving Day, the first at the mouth of the tunnel under the Capitol:

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, February 19, 2021 4:20 AM

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:37 PM

daveklepper
One more scanned and reopaired:

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Gone - Error 410

Never too old to have a happy childhood!

              

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:20 PM

One more scanned and reopaired:

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, January 10, 2021 9:32 PM

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:38 PM

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, January 8, 2021 7:18 AM

And more:

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:34 PM

Mure:

 

 

 

 

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