Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

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    Seashore Museum Pics 4 - SOAC: Below is a picture of two 1972 experimental rail cars called the SOAC, which was an acronym for State Of Art Cars. These were designed by the USDOT and built by St. Louis Car Co. Although toured and tested in four major subway systems (i.e., NYC, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago), these two demonstrator cars were quickly and quietly withdrawn from service and the USDOT got out of the rapid transit design business.

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    The above pic was taken on an early fall ride up to Maine. I will post more as I get them converted from RAW.
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    Seashore Museum Pics 5 - From Down Under: Below is a picture of a 1925 Meadowbank car that was operated by Sydney Tramways in Sydney, Australia up until 1960. Instead of having seats on each side of a center aisle, the tram has eight separate compartments, which made collecting fares less than efficient.

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    The above pic was taken on an early fall ride up to Maine. I will post more as time allows and I get them converted from RAW.
  3. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    I would have never known this was in Kennebunkport, ME... gives me a place to visit when I head to New England next fall....
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    Just so you know (and if you like trolleys), there's another New England trolley museum in East Windsor CT at coordinates 41.932236, -72.595369. The CT museum doesn't have as many cars but many can be viewed inside a climate-controlled building while the runners are stored in a car barn. It may be interesting to note that both museums have a running Toronto Tramways open observation car.

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    Above is the tramway car in the Connecticut Trolley Museum (pic taken in 2015). Below is the one in the Seashore Trolley Museum (pic taken last month).

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    Seashore Museum Pics 7 - Trolley Treasure Trove: Below is a picture of three of the museum's many trolleys. Taken mid-morning, there were more than a few folks lined up for the ride to the pumpkin patch. The closest trolley (i.e., number 639) is a 1926 Cincinnati Car Co. unit made for West Virginia's Wheeling Traction Company. Strangely enough, it ended service as a Dr.'s office and pharmacy in Little Hocking, Ohio and was restored following its acquisition by the museum in 1957. It is one of the few remaining curve-side cars produced for that era.

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    The above pic was taken on an early fall ride up to Maine. I will post more as time allows and I get them converted from RAW.
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    Seashore Museum Pics 8 - Gridiron Special: Below is a picture of the 1905 J.M. Jones open bench car. This streetcar ran in New Haven, CT up until 1948 and shuttled football fans between the New Haven railroad station and the Yale Bowl on game days.

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    There is very little information on the builder other than it was located in Watervliet/Troy NY in 1864 and went out of business in 1916.

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    There is a horse-drawn Jones car in The Henry Ford museum.
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    Seashore Museum Pics 9 - A Toasty Old Steeplecab: Below is a picture of an old, electric, steeplecab locomotive. Used as switchers, these types of locomotives saw service from early to mid 1900s. The unit below is of uncertain (to me) origin - perhaps an early Boston Elevated unit or one made be GE or Baldwin-Westinghouse.

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    I am guessing this locomotive is in the queue for some degree of restoration.
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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    I remember growing up in Yakima, WA and seeing steeple cabs still at work, servicing orchard warehouses around the city. It was pretty awesome I must stay. Some of the catenary is still up and they run excursions, but some of the copper was stolen by meth heads too, so the trolley will tow a car with a generator on it for power. :dirtdog
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    Seashore Museum Pics 10 - Restoration: Below is a picture of what I think is a 1920s Birney Safety Car that was manufactured by Wason Mfg. for the Portland (ME) Railroad Company. As you can see, the car is currently the subject of a restoration effort.

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    The above pic was taken on an early fall ride up to Maine. I post them as time allows getting them converted from RAW.
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    Thanks for all the streetcar photos @popscycle. My grandfather retired from DC Transit the year I was born, so I never had the opportunity to visit him at work. By then DC Transit had switched mainly to buses I think. I do remember any time he visited us it always involved a trip to the Greyhound Station. Back then a Greyhound Station was a place to visit, clean and modern, complete with a café, gift shop and a newsstand. I remember them being a pleasant place to hang out with him.
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    You are very welcome. I remember the Greyhound bus station in my small hometown as a very clean place with all the amenities you describe. At one time, before my time, an interurban trolley ran though town and right by the bus station.
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    Rider Two Comes Home And Wonders: Rider Two (a.k.a. Kevin or R2) came home for Thanksgiving and did get out and about some. Shown below contemplating the NE view, we are pretty sure R2 was wondering what it would be like tossing a line in that water. He loves to fish but hasn't had time in a long time. You can bet there are trout in there.

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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    How is he liking living in the Valley of the Sun?

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    As best I can tell, he likes the job there but is maintaining his home here.
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    Seashore Museum Pics 11 -Another Steeple Cab: Below is another steeple cab, electric locomotive that was manufactured in 1906 by the Laconia (NH) Car Company for the Atlantic Shore Railway. It was used to pull regular (steam-era) freight cars to and from physical connections with the Boston and Maine RR up until 1949.

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    The above pic was taken on an early fall ride up to Maine. I post them as time allows getting them converted from RAW.
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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    There is a lot of wood there! Wow. The push pocket is pretty cool. Thanks for the photo. - John
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    Seashore Museum Pics 12 - Early MTA Car: Below is a 1906 Boston MTA Elevated Railway car. It was built by the Pressed Steel Car Company of Pittsburgh, PA, and seated 44 passengers. Around about 1936, the trolley was converted for other use and was eventually retired in 1994. The car, which has two Westinghouse 301D electric motors, appears in need of and awaiting restoration.

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    The above pic was taken on an early fall ride up to Maine. I post them as time allows getting them converted from RAW.
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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    One word "character." Very cool car. The trucks are interesting. The doors are interesting. Neat!

    Thanks John!

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    Wow, this is a really nice photo. I'm still saying wow.
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    HpiRally Believes in Bigfoot

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    Went out to eastern Colorado to find some trains and a Union Pacific hub from 1903.
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