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Old Pueblo Trolley, Tucson AZ
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Charlie_O
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Old Pueblo Trolley, Tucson AZ
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« on: Feb 15th, 2008, 10:47pm »
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Pleasantly surprised to see this vintage piece of equipment operating on a rainy night in Tucson...

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« Reply #1 on: Apr 5th, 2008, 10:17am »
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This car is one of the survivors of the Kyoto Japan Municipal Transportation System.   The last cars operated in September, 1978.   These cars were fairly peppy as I recall from riding them.
 
The headlights on Kyoto cars were mounted on the roof on each side of the roll sign.  For some reason, Old Pueblo decided to remove the roof headlights and install a single headlight on the front dash to make the car appear more North American.  
 
Japan had many attractive American style streetcars which would not look out of place running along the streets of the U.S.  
 
Okayama may still be operating several ex-Nikko cars which bear a strong resemblance to Brill double-ended master units.


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« Reply #2 on: Apr 5th, 2008, 10:39am »
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Certainly has its own quiet charm. It is also possible to ride a former Japanese streetcar at OERM in Perris, California. Orange Empire RR museum. Lots of streetcars/ trolley cars, still in operation.

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 6th, 2008, 6:38pm »
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Japan may still have a number of streetcar operations, but they are gradually replacing their traditional cars with boxy LRV's.   Hiroshima, once a wonderful collection of boomer cars from Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, and even Germany, has been switching over to boxy LRV's.  The latest atrocity to run on that system is an articulated low floor car which looks like a giant caterpillar from the movie "Mothra".

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