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O. WINSTON LINK esq.
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Philly: That Traction Town!
 
« on: Sep 4th, 2007, 10:16pm »
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    Any die-hard, old-time traction buff will tell you that, without question, that Philly was long a mecca for traction buffs. As recently as the 1980s, Brill buffs could relish riding on classic Brill subway cars on the Broad St. Line, not mention beautiful old suburban/interurban cars on the former Red Arrow lines, and of course, on the old P&W Norristown line. PCC's, through the 1970s, seemed to be everywhere, and trackless-trolley buffs could also enjoy riding and photographing the several trackless lines that were then running. So much of the old way of transit life no longer exists in Philly, replaced with modern, bland, lookalike vehicles. So, why not hop aboard the ol' Wayback Machine, and join me on a trip through time, back to the good ol' days on Philly rails! Enjoy!  John

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« Reply #1 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 10:22pm »
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 Let's start our nostalgic trip through time to bygone Philadelphia with the trolleys. Once upon a time, Philly had an extensive network of car lines, serving virtually every part of the city. The equipment used on PRT/PTC rails ranged from ancient Nearsides to sleek, streamlined PCC's. This link will allow you to see well over a hundred views of the older "standard" cars that once crisscrossed Philly day and night: http://www.nycsubway.org/us/phila/hist-trolley.html

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 10:27pm »
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  Perhaps the trolley most associated with Philadelphia were the sleek, swift, and streamlined PCC's. Running on the street, in subways, and on private trackage, these handsome cars ran for decades in virtually all parts of the city. Rebuilt ADA-equipped cars still run today on one recently revamped line!  http://www.nycsubway.org/us/phila/hist-pcc.html

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« Reply #3 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 10:31pm »
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   Philadelphia's subway-surface lines were once the exclusive domain of the PCC's. Today, only modern Kawasaki LRV's operate over these lines today. This link will allow you to see pics dating back to the days when PCC's rumbled, swayed, clanged, and screeched beneath Philly streets. The current cars are also seen: http://www.nycsubway.org/us/phila/subway-surface.html

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« Reply #4 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 10:36pm »
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     As recently as the 1980s, elderly Brill cars clattered along the former Red Arrow lines radiating out of the bustling 69th St. terminal. Today, as is the case on the subway-surface lines, modern cars now provide all service. You'll find a good deal of pics here showing the "rolling museum fleet" in action! WATCH YER STEP"! http://www.nycsubway.org/us/phila/media-sharon.html

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« Reply #5 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 10:43pm »
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  Like the former Red Arrow lines, the Broad St. subway featured historic Brill (and Pressed Steel) rolling stock that dated from the late 1920s and 1930s. I was very fortunate to ride these beautiful old cars back in 1982, and it was exciting to be able to still ride vintage rapid transit cars that still whined, hummed, growled, and snarled, as all proper rapid transit cars should! My favorites were the ex-Bridge Line cars, which dated back to 1936. These Art-Deco brutes looked as though they had been designed by the car-building company "(Flash) Gordon & (Buck) Rogers" Man, I LOVED these streamlined relics!! (I can STILL hear thier hollow air-whistles and growling gears today!!) http://www.nycsubway.org/us/phila/broadstreet.html

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« Reply #6 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 10:49pm »
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  At one time, the former P&W Norristown line was a true traction buff's paradise. Until the 1970s, one could still ride former North Shore "ELECTROLINERS", now dubbed "LIBERTY LINERS", not to mention 1920s-vintage Brill-built "Strafford" cars, and, of course, the legendary "Bullets", dating back to 1930. Though the last of the old Strafford cars were retired by the 1980s, the very last of the Bullets operated until 1990, SIXTY YEARS after Bullet service had been inuagurated!! For a time, ex-CTA El cars also traveled on these well-burnished rails! Yep, there was something for everyone on the old P&W!!  http://www.nycsubway.org/us/phila/norristown.html

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« Reply #7 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 10:52pm »
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 Here's an excellent site for anyone who loves Philly trolleys! http://www.phillytrolley.org/

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« Reply #8 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 10:56pm »
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  More on Philly trolleys: http://www.library.phila.gov/pix/trolleys/trolleys.htm

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« Reply #9 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 11:00pm »
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 Seems as though there is no shortage of Philly trolley buffs!! http://members.aol.com/jonsenk/trolleypage.html (ETB's are included as well!!)

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« Reply #10 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 11:04pm »
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   Here is a truly nostalgic scene from Philly, circa 1940. Here we see a sleek, new PCC (No. 2050) awaiting its departure time at the handsome Willow Grove station. Note the vintage Mack bus at right! http://images.nycsubway.org/logo/philpcc.jpg

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« Reply #11 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 11:10pm »
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       Enjoy these vintage photos of classic equipment in action on the old P&W.....Bullets and Straffords galore! http://www.davesrailpix.com/pw/pw.htm

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« Reply #12 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 11:16pm »
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   Without a doubt, the former Red Arrow lines that converged upon the busy 69th St. terminal was truly a Mecca for traction buffs across the nation! http://www.davesrailpix.com/pw/pstc.htm

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« Reply #13 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 11:39pm »
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  Relieve the glory days of Philly street railways here! TONS of nostalgic old trolley photos, taking us back to the days when the City Of Brotherly Love was truly a city where electric traction RULED!! http://www.davesrailpix.com/phila/bvph.htm#w

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« Reply #14 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 11:47pm »
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   A number of former Philly cars have found a new home at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Looks like the dedicated fellows here know their stuff! http://www.davesrailpix.com/ptm/ptm.htm

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Thanks everyone for the info and pictures that you have posted.
I have lived in the Philadelphia area for over 50 years. I have used
PTC to SEPTA and the Red Arrow to go and come everyday. Here is a  
picture of the Darby Loop for the #11 today. My next post will be the past.



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I don't know the date of this picture. Its the Darby Terminal. Some of  
the building are still standing, The large building is nolonger standing.



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« Reply #17 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 10:21am »
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 Hi, silver_champion: Thanks for posting both past and present views of Philly traction! Man, that old-time view really gives one a hefty dose of nostalgia for the good old days! Those old trolleys were beautiful pieces of classic traction equipment! Hard to believe that, at one time, they were as commonplace as the LRV's are today!  John

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« Reply #18 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 10:26am »
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          In this nostalgic view of a bygone Philly, we see an elderly Peter Witt rumbling past the big Greyhound station on Market St. Yep, those old relics just kept on pluggin' along! (note the vintage autos!)  http://www.davesrailpix.com/phila/htm/phil016.htm

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« Reply #19 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 10:31am »
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   My favorite of all Philly subway cars were the sleek Art-Deco "Bridge Line" cars, seemingly designed by Flash Gordon himself! Despite thier semi-streamlined appearance, these big brutes practically shouted: "LOOK OUT! WE'RE TOUGH CUSTOMERS!". These cars were indeed TOUGH-looking, as is evident by this 1975 photo (ignore the grafitti)  http://www.davesrailpix.com/phila/htm/phil101.htm

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