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November 3, 1963: Last BTC streetcars/The Old Days
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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November 3, 1963: Last BTC streetcars/The Old Days
 
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Gentlemen:
 
In the dreary, pre-dawn hours of November 3, 1963, the long and colorful era of streetcars in Baltimore came to and end as the last cars pulled into the Irvington carbarn.
 
Well into the 1950's, the BTC was still operating a number of car lines, but, by the early 60's, only two remained, the #8 and the #15.
 
Most lines had been converted to bus (or trolley coach) in earlier years; the trolley coach routes were converted to bus in 1959.
 
The BTC had once operated a fascinating melange of equipment, including postwar PCC's, Peter Witts, deck-roof semis, home-built articulateds, and a lone Brilliner.
 
By the mid-50's, the remaining car lines were served by PCC's exclusively.
 
The BTC replaced the last of the PCC's in 1963 with new air-conditioned GM "Fishbowl" buses (TDH-5303's)
 
Although today Baltimore has Light Rail, the halycon days of the streetcar in Baltimore are, sadly, long gone.
 
May the old Baltimore cars and the hardy men who operated them and maintained them for so many decades not be forgotten......
 
"L.F.L."


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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Re: November 3, 1963: Last BTC streetcars
 
« Reply #1 on: Nov 1st, 2015, 12:12pm »
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Here's an excellent photo gallery recalling Baltimore's PCC fleet.....
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/PCC_Streetcars_in_Baltimore
 
(courtesy: nycsubway.org)


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Re: November 3, 1963: Last BTC streetcars
 
« Reply #2 on: Nov 1st, 2015, 12:26pm »
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Anyone wishing to recall the days of streetcars in Baltimore should visit the BSM.
 
Here, it is obvious that a number of very dedicated men have invested countless dollars (as well as $$$$) to the restoration of these fine old cars.
 
Sadly, no example of famed "Semis" can be found at the Museum (well over 500 of the ancient cars once clattered and clanged through Baltimore's streets); the lone Brilliner (#7501), which operated into the 1950's, was unfortunately scrapped after it was retired.
 
In any event, the BSM is more than worth a visit, if you have even the slightest interest in traction.....
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/Baltimore_Streetcar_Museum


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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This page features links to an extensive and fascinating collection of historical Baltimore streetcar photos (also included are work equipment and those cars at the BSM)......
 
http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/btc/btc.htm
 
(courtesy: newdavesrailpix)


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 1st, 2015, 12:42pm »
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This page from the BSM's fine publication "THE LIVE WIRE" is a must for any and all PCC fans.
 
It also shows just how much labor, money, and LOVE is involved in the preservation of only ONE streetcar......
 
http://www.baltimorestreetcar.org/thirdcharm/thirdcharm.htm
 
(courtesy: "THE LIVE WIRE"; article by John Engleman)


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« Reply #5 on: Nov 1st, 2015, 12:58pm »
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Rust In Pieces......
 
http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2013/07/30/final-days-for-a-classic-streetcar/
 
(courtesy: BaltimoreBrew)


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When this photo was snapped in late 1963, showing PCC #7116 operating on Route #15, the long and colorful era of the streetcar in the Monumental City was about to gasp its last.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21674
 
(courtesy: nycsubway.org)


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« Reply #7 on: Nov 1st, 2015, 1:25pm »
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Besides the #15, the only other BTC car line running in 1963 was the #8.
 
Here we see PCC #7385 holding down a schedule on the #8 line, several months before these last two streetcar lines were converted to diesel bus,
 
The vintage Packard and the Rambler further date this now long-ago scene of a bygone Baltimore.....
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?42154
 
(courtesy: nycsubway.org)


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« Reply #8 on: Nov 1st, 2015, 2:18pm »
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An article from 1963 on the new GMC buses that were to replace the last two streetcar routes in Baltimore.
 
Prior to entering revenue service, the buses were used to train streetcar men as bus drivers.
 
Today, like the streetcars they replaced in 1963, these classic "Fishbowl" buses have long-since vanished from Baltimore's streets.......
 
http://www.retrobaltimore.tumblr.com/post/93415823316/baltimore-gets-its-first-air-conditioned-buses
 
(courtesy: RetroBaltimore)
 


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Another timeless American street scene is seen here, not long before Baltimore's streetcars pulled down their poles for the last time.
 
PCC #7074 is running on the No. 8 line, clattering along through a variety of now-classic 1950's/early 60's autos (and check out the gas prices at that SHELL station in the background!)
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?42140
 
(courtesy: nycsubway.org)


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In this circa-early/mid- 50's view, we see PCC #7017 operating on the No.19, followed by one of Baltimore's unique Peter Witts.
 
The last streetcars on this line ran in 1956........
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21667
 
(courtesy: nycsubway.org)


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« Reply #11 on: Nov 1st, 2015, 10:54pm »
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Signed for route #15, PCC #7074 suns herself outside of the massive Carroll Pk. barns/shops, in this 1950's photo.
 
When the non-revenue track on Washington Blvd. was abandoned in 1958, it cut off all rail access to this facility; this barn/shop then became an all-bus facility, still in use (AFAIK) by the MTA.
 
Thereafter, all streetcar repairs were done at the remaining barns; most repairs were done at Irvington.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?21671
 
(courtesy: nycsubway.org)


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