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MOTORMAN 285
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BROAD STREET (PHILA) MEMORIES
 
« on: May 18th, 2013, 11:02pm »
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Until the 1980's, it was still possible for railfans to savor and relish the colorful era of prewar rapid transit equipment on Philadelphia's Broad Street Subway.
 
The oiriginal cars built new for the line, dating from the late 1920's and 1930's, shared the rails with the distinctive, fearsome-looking Buck Rogers-esque cars that once ran on the old "Bridge Line".
 
Only a few of these historic old cars survive today.
 
Back in 1982, during two visits to Philly, I made sure to ride the line, and many fond old childhood memories of riding similiar equipment in New York back in the 60's came alive eagain.
 
Enjoy the nostalgic journey......
 
"285"


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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #1 on: May 18th, 2013, 11:05pm »
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Here we see a distinctive "Buck Rogers" Bridge Line car at Pattison, 1980.
 
Note the sharp contrast between the vintage train and the modern station.....
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?72872
 
(this and folloing photos courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #2 on: May 18th, 2013, 11:07pm »
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A smart-looking, patriotic 1920's Brill, also at Pattison, 1974.
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?48812


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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #3 on: May 18th, 2013, 11:11pm »
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Shades of "Buck Rogers" at Walnut-Locust, 1971.
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?48810


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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #4 on: May 18th, 2013, 11:18pm »
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Two classic, atmospheric views at Girard......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?17087
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?81172


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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #5 on: May 18th, 2013, 11:28pm »
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Undated view of a train on the move near the Fern Rock Terminal; judging by the classic autos in the parking lot at left, this photo appears to date to late 1950's/ early 1960's.............
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?30585


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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #6 on: May 18th, 2013, 11:37pm »
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A "Buck Rogers" Bridge Line car at Fern Rock, while running a 1994 fantrip.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?70186


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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #7 on: May 18th, 2013, 11:48pm »
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A true "museum fleet" scene at the Fern Rock shops, back in 1979.
 
A yard full of classic traction equipment, even then living on borrowed time......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?72523


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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #8 on: May 19th, 2013, 12:26am »
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The "Buck Rogers" Brills, while still in the "Bridge Line" livery.
 
Handsome, distinctive vehicles, without a doubt.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?16814
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?16821
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?49889


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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #9 on: May 19th, 2013, 12:55am »
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Restored Bridge Line car #1009, residing at the Rockhill Trolley Museum......
 
http://www.rockhilltrolley.org/taxonomy/term/13


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TAB
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« Reply #10 on: May 19th, 2013, 2:38pm »
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....those 'Buck Rogers' cars are neat....very art deco. It's too bad that designers of today's railroad engines and cars seem to have ignored a tradition where railroad equipment was both functional and visually pleasing......Tom

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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #11 on: May 19th, 2013, 2:55pm »
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Tom:
 
I could not agree more!
 
Those "Buck Rogers" Bridge Line cars were products of an era when new rail equipment was not only FUNCTIONAL, but also, ATTRACTIVE to the eye.
 
These days, modern rail equipment seems more atkin to giant mutated insects, Dustbusters, and shoe boxes, regaling the public with a blinding aura of blandness, insipidness, and cookie-cutter generics.
 
Consider, too, that the oldest of the BRILL-built Broad Street cars dated to the late 1920's, and had been in service for over a half-century, a powerful testimony to thier solid, no-nonsense construction.
 
Then again, to this day, BRILL is still known for its long-lived, well-built equipment.
 
BRILL products, of course, dated back to a time when rapid transit equipment was just that, and not simply an oversized box loaded with more electronic doodads and gizmos than Star Trek's fabled "ENTERPRISE".
 
I'm very fortunate that I had a chance to ride these handsome, distinctive, Art-Deco brutes while they were still in service.
 
By that late date (1982), however, they were indeed living on borrowed time......
 
"285"


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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #12 on: May 19th, 2013, 3:12pm »
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Here is an excellent portrait of a "Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon" ex-Bridge Line car at Olney, 1972.
 
Not only was this type highly distinctive and attractive in appearance, it was also a stunning example of the tough, solid, rugged, overbuilt type of rapid transit equipment built during the prewar era.
 
Today's humdrum equipment is quite "ho-hum" by comparison.......
 
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?47042
 
(courtesy of nycsubway.org)


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TAB
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« Reply #13 on: May 21st, 2013, 11:53pm »
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...any details or background on the evolution of this design...was there a predecessor at  Brill or perhaps at a competitor?.....Tom

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MOTORMAN 285
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« Reply #14 on: May 22nd, 2013, 12:18am »
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on May 21st, 2013, 11:53pm, TAB wrote:       (Click here for original message)
...any details or background on the evolution of this design...was there a predecessor at  Brill or perhaps at a competitor?.....Tom

 
Tom:
 
Recall that the "Bridge Line" cars were built in 1936, when "Art-Deco" styling was still very much in vogue.
 
Though experimental streamlined articulated rapid transit trainsets operated in New York on the BMT division in the 1930's, none were built by BRILL, and none even came close to the striking Art-Deco design of the Bridge Line cars.
 
The cars built for the Broad Street Subway itself were of designs similiar to equipment then bieng used in New York and Boston.
 
After the new PATCO line went into operation, the old Art-Deco "Bridge Line" cars were transferred to the Broad Street Subway, where they ran until new cars replaced the entire vintage fleet in the mid-1980's...........
 
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« Reply #15 on: Aug 7th, 2013, 4:11pm »
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Just a further note on the Bridge Cars---- though they have a more distinctive appearance than either the original North Broad Cars or the later South Broad  Cars, in fact, they are two years older than the South Broad Cars, those cars having been built in 1938. They were also the fastest & most powerful cars on the system as they were four motor cars, while the other two types were two motor cars. ( They were built as four motor cars to account for the steep grades on the Bridge.)  A former operator once advised that any time he operated a mixed train containing both Bridge cars and "regular" cars, if the Bridge car was in the middle of the train,, it would feel to him as though that car was pushing rest of  the train.


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Please move to the rear and speed your ride-Regards, Walt
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