Trolley Triage

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 6:10 AM

When I was in my early teens, my dad would have to make occasional week long business trips to Boston and if I was on school break, my mom and I would sometimes come along to vacation in the Land of the Sacred Cod. Sacred Cod - For Wikipedia - Sacred Cod - Wikipedia I was amazed the first time we rode the subway and I found we were on gen - you - wine street cars! Every time I hear the song "MTA", it triggers memories. Kingston Trio - M.T.A. (Original mono TV version) - YouTube

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 3:10 AM

I beklieve they are mostly, if not all, Boston PCCs.  I write this because Picture-window" PCCs are amongv them, and only Boston had that PCC type.  1953, the last streetcars Pullman built (ex-Osgood Bradley Worcester plant).  Only one of that type preserved-restored, is operable, and is in the Boylston Street Green-Line Station, along with a Type 5.  Examples of the other derelict PCC are overhauled (most twice) and providing the Ashmont - Mattapan High-Speed Line service.  When Boston was an all-PCC system for the subway-surface lines, all PCC's had mu capability, including those that did not have it bon delivery, except the ex-Dallas double-end cars.

For a new moderate-capacity "light-rail" line, investigation of the costs of complete rehabilitation, with elevator-stairs for lowe-floor handicapped access, by Brookfield Engineering (who also build modern strretcars), as compared with costs of new cars, seems a good idea.  Kenosha thought so.

San Francisco still has several such "hulks" that they have no intention of selling or scrapping, as insurance for increased patronage on their E and F routes.

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Trolley Triage
Posted by MidlandMike on Monday, November 28, 2022 8:47 PM

After I started a thread on a Pennsylvania rail-trail, it lead into a nearby "trolley graveyard" and it seemed to deserve its own thread.  Near Johnstown, PA, about 50 old trolleys are parked, mostly outside.  Many are rusting and heavily vandalized.  Some have been scrounged for parts.  But some are kept inside and some have been restored, a number goind to Kenosha, Wis.  I guess it shows the reality of preservation, that everything can't be saved.  Here is a link:

Some additional links can be found in the previous thread about the rail-trail:


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