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« on: Dec 20th, 2004, 6:31pm »
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So what's your favorite- Trolley, light rail, or subway? I would have to say trolleys. Now it's your turn. What's your favorite?

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« Reply #1 on: Dec 20th, 2004, 7:09pm »
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on Dec 20th, 2004, 6:31pm, NS3360 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
So what's your favorite- Trolley, light rail, or subway? I would have to say trolleys. Now it's your turn. What's your favorite?

 
Older trolly cars for me  


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« Reply #2 on: Dec 20th, 2004, 8:14pm »
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Hi All,
 
Need some guidelines here.  
 
My favorite Trolley does not exist any more. It would be the Church Avenue line in Brooklyn, running from Hegeman avenue to Boro Park. The line ran PCC cars, my favorite.
 
My favorite LRV, replete with Catenary and Faively type pantographs would be the Gold Line of Los Angeles. It is only one year old, as of last July, and it is a dream to ride. Also, work should start soon on extending it out towards San Bernardino County. At present it runs from Los Angeles, LAUPT/ LAUS; LA transit center, to Pasadena, CA.


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« Reply #3 on: Dec 20th, 2004, 8:16pm »
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 My choice is San Francisco. You have the Muni with their variety of trolley cars, the cable cars, and BART. Used to also have Electric buses but I think they are gone.
 
  Where else can you go and see such a variety?
 
 


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« Reply #4 on: Dec 20th, 2004, 9:19pm »
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Okay here goes:
 
1.  Heavy electric
2.  Subway/Elevated
3.  Trolleys
4.  Light rail
 
What I like is traction motor whine, hence the heavy electric as first preference (eg:  GG-1's, MU's, etc.); next are subways--especially the old Broad St. Subway in Philly and the CTA cars on the P&W; next would be old trolley cars like the old Red Arrow Master Units, Brilliners, and St. Louis cars.  Light Rail is interesting, but is a totally different animal.


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« Reply #5 on: Dec 21st, 2004, 11:12am »
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Mine would be
 
1. Trolleys, particularly the old Interurbans
 
 2. Rapid Transit-- ( Subways- Elevateds, etc) but with an emphasis on the older equipment which had the traction motor whine and air compressor noise mentioned by RDG-484
 
 3 Heavy Electric ( GG1's etc)


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« Reply #6 on: Dec 22nd, 2004, 12:10pm »
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Hmmmmmm. I'm kinda partial to the St. Charles streetcar line in New Orleans. Not the tourist stuff, but the line and cars that I rode while living there from the mid-70s to the late 80s. I once lived down the street from the car barn, too. Heavy traction is my real interest and I want to learn more of the electrical/operational side of how these things worked. I rode the PCCs in Pittsburgh a LONG time ago, too. The only big traction that I've seen up close were the DL&W MUs out of Hoboken. There's a Baldwin steeple cab here in CT at the Warehouse Point museum that I'd like to go study. Speaking of subways, I'm old enough to remember the old NYC subway cars with the naked light bulbs, fans,  and rataan seats. I've read up on the North Shore and South Shore, but would like some reading suggestions on heavy traction.

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« Reply #7 on: Dec 22nd, 2004, 6:37pm »
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on Dec 22nd, 2004, 12:10pm, hudsonelectric wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I've read up on the North Shore and South Shore, but would like some reading suggestions on heavy traction.

 
Electric Trains to Reading Terminal
Pennsy Power I
Pennsy Power II
Pennsy Electric Years
(video)  Lackawanna Legacy
 
Hope this helps.


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« Reply #8 on: Dec 23rd, 2004, 1:05pm »
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Also "Under Pennsy Wires"--- this duplicates much that is in the two Pennsy Power books, but is interesting none the less.

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« Reply #9 on: Jan 31st, 2005, 7:04pm »
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Cincinnati & Lake Erie and predecessor lines has been a hobby of many years (grew up in Middletown, OH).  Rode the North Shore in it's last year of operation including last runs so there is much interest there too.  Due to present physical location in Roanoke, VA there's a soft spot for Virginian and N&W electrics

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on Jan 31st, 2005, 7:04pm, cwire wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Cincinnati & Lake Erie and predecessor lines has been a hobby of many years (grew up in Middletown, OH).

 
 If you can find it ( and if you haven't already seen it) check out Jack Kennan's 1974 book " Cincinnati & Lake Erie Railroad-- Ohio's Great Interurban System" Being a native Philadelphian ( actually Delaware County) I became interested in the C&LE after reading the original edition of  the Ronald DeGraw book "The Red Arrow" which included a history of the Philadelphia & Western Railway ( which was later merged into the Red Arrow) It was there that I discovered that the C&LE Red Devil Cars  were the prototypes for the P&W's Bullet Cars, ( which I had the distinct pleasure of riding frequently in the 1960's) and that both properties were owned by the same Philadelphia based traction magnate-- Dr. Thomas Conway.--- Reading the Jack Keenan book naturally followed.  C&LE was a VERY interesting operation!  


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« Reply #11 on: Mar 22nd, 2005, 4:17pm »
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on Dec 20th, 2004, 8:16pm, arnstg wrote:       (Click here for original message)
 My choice is San Francisco. You have the Muni with their variety of trolley cars, the cable cars, and BART. Used to also have Electric buses but I think they are gone.
 
  Where else can you go and see such a variety?
 
 

 
San Francisco MUNI has it all, including Electric Trolley Buses.  
 
I love all Electric Transit, unfortunately, cannot make a choice between them.
 
BTW, up here Metro Route 99 is under threat of shutdown, because somebody else wants the land the maintenance facility is on. I'll try to find a seperate thread for that though!


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« Reply #12 on: Mar 22nd, 2005, 4:32pm »
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on Dec 20th, 2004, 8:16pm, arnstg wrote:       (Click here for original message)
 My choice is San Francisco. You have the Muni with their variety of trolley cars, the cable cars, and BART. Used to also have Electric buses but I think they are gone.
 
  Where else can you go and see such a variety?
 
 

 
  Try Philadelphia--- with the exception of cable cars, Philly has as much of a variety as SF. ( and the F-Line PCC's all came from Philly) plus the Phila area has one of the two remaining  U.S. interurbans (Route 100--- the former Philadelphia & Western Railway).


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on Mar 22nd, 2005, 4:32pm, Walt_C wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
  Try Philadelphia--- with the exception of cable cars.......

 
...............and trackless trolleys.  Although the wires are still up in the area of Frankford Terminal.  But Philly DOES have subways, trolleys WITH tracks, both IN the city AND suburban areas, a former interurban line, and electric commuter rail.
 
 
Boston is also pretty diverse as well, with trolleys (some PCC), subways, and trackless trolleys in Cambridge.


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...............and trackless trolleys.  Although the wires are still up in the area of Frankford Terminal.  

 
 So the "Trackless Battle" has finally been lost.--- Typical SEPTA.


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« Reply #15 on: Mar 23rd, 2005, 12:52pm »
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My favs are the agencies in Pennsylvania, Port Authority (Pittsburgh) and SEPTA.

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« Reply #16 on: Apr 6th, 2005, 6:17am »
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I'd have to say Easton Trolley as they ran Bangor and Pen Argyl...  
 
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on Apr 6th, 2005, 6:50am, hummel1237 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Which one built the Bangor Viadock?  
 
Jim...  

 
You'll like this name Jim-  Bangor & Portland Transit Company
 
 


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on Apr 6th, 2005, 7:06am, NS3360 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
You'll like this name Jim-  Bangor & Portland Transit Company
 
 

 
That's my favorite! B&PTC!
 
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on Mar 23rd, 2005, 12:52pm, Miketherailfan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
My favs are the agencies in Pennsylvania, Port Authority (Pittsburgh) and SEPTA.

 
 i just came from Pittsburg like a week ago. got a chance to ride 2 60ft Ikaruses(3043 and 3037) on the East Busway route.also rode the light rail. what kinda LRVs are those anyway? Bredas? (rode teh 42 all the way to the end) Pittsburg has a very interresting LightRail route. it pratically runs right behind people's houses with no fence line. i think its kool!


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