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The Motorman...and His Duties The Classic Handbook for Electric Trolley, Streetcar and Interurban Motormen By Ludwig Gutmann, George R. Metcalfe
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Originally printed in 1898 and then periodically revised, The Motorman...and His Duties served as the definitive training text for a generation of streetcar operators. A must-have for the trolley or... More > train enthusiast, it is also an important source of information for museum staff and docents. Lavishly illustrated with numerous photos and black and white line drawings, this affordable reprint contains all of the original text. Includes chapters on trolley car types and equipment, troubleshooting, brakes, controllers, electricity and principles, electric traction, multi-car control and has a convenient glossary in the back. If you've ever operated a trolley car, or just had an electric train set, this is a terrific book for your shelf!< Less
How to Become a Successful Trolley Car Motorman / The 1908 Handbook for Electric Railway Men By Sidney Aylmer-Small
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In 1888, Frank J. Sprague built the first successful electric-powered trolley car system in Richmond, Virginia. A few years later he invented multiple-unit control, an innovation that allowed the... More > creation of heavy electric elevated and subway systems. The motormen and conductors who operated these trains, trolleys and interurbans were often trained using Sidney Aylmer-Small’s How to Become a Successful Motorman. The book contains descriptions of electric railway systems and technology, operating instructions, and a series of quizzes designed to improve retention of the data. This easy-to-read reprint is presented in 8.5x11 format, sightly larger than the original. Care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Birney Safety Trolley Car Sales Brochure By General Electric
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In the 1910's and 20's, economic pressures and the rise of the motorbus produced dramatic changes in the streetcar industry. A promising solution to ensure profitability was the introduction of the... More > so-called "Safety Car" designed by Stone and Webster Corp. engineer Charles O. Birney. This type of small trolley featured several innovations, including deadman controls that cut power to the motors and applied brakes in an emergency. The main attraction for transit companies however was the fact that the cars' design allowed a man to both run teh car and take fares. The elimination of the conductor without any apparent compromise in safety sold the public on the cars and produced an immediate cost savings. This high quality booklet is a reprint of a brochure originally produced by General Electric to promote these cars and G.E. running gear.< Less
Trolley Cars of the McGuire-Cummings Manufacturing Company: The 1911 Catalog By McGuire- Cummings
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Based in Paris, Illinois, the McGuire - Cummings Manufacturing Co, built trolley cars, passenger coaches and electric locomotives from the 1890s until 1930. McGuire supplied rolling stock for many... More > of the midwest’s street railways and interurban lines, including the Peoria Railway, Ohio & Southern, the Illinois Central, Louisville & Eastern, Arkansas Valley, and others. Originally printed in 1911, this catalog shows McGuire’s full line. Accompanied by descriptive text and photos, it’s a wonderful resource for the model railroader, trolley spotter, and rail enthusiast. This reprint has been slightly reformatted, but care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Running Point: Suggested Procedures for Historic Streetcar Operations in a Modern Urban Environment By Old Pueblo Trolley
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Operating historic electric trolley cars in a modern urban environment can be a challenge. Safe operation requires proper training, both in the classroom and on city streets. Created by Old Pueblo... More > Trolley, Inc., "Running Point" serves as one component in a comprehensive motorman and conductor education program. Within its pages you'll find basic information about electric streetcars and their operation, with the Birney Safety Car used as an example on urban right-of-way in Tucson, Arizona and Dallas, Texas. (Note: While it is fairly comprehensive, this book cannot substitute for a hands-on training program. To operate a car on city streets, a motorman must be officially certified, and you may have to obtain a permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles.)< Less
Niles Car and Manufacturing Company 1910 Trolley Car and Interurban Catalog By Niles Car Company
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Founded in 1901 in Niles, Ohio, the Niles Car and Manufacturing Co. produced a range of machinery for railroads and sugar mills. The company gained a reputation for making high quality passenger... More > cars, trolley cars, and locomotives. Niles trolleys and interurbans ran in many cities including Rochester, Yakima, Minneapolis, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto, Chicago, San Diego, Milwaukee, and of course Cleveland and Boise. The company stopped making railroad cars in 1917. This Niles catalog dates from 1910, and features the company’s full range of electric railway products. It has been slightly reformatted, but care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Philadelphia Rapid Transit: Construction and Equipment of the Market Street Subway and Elevated By Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company
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In 1903 the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company broke ground on an ambitious project, to create the City of Brotherly Love’s first high speed rail system. When it opened on March 4, 1907, the... More > Market Street Subway-Elevated Line was greeted with acclaim. Running from the suburbs of West Philadelphia on elevated tracks, trains ducked underground to reach the city center. The line would be joined by the Frankford Elevated in 1922, and merged into today’s Market-Frankford Line, now operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Originally printed in 1907 to celebrate the opening of the subway line, Philadelphia’s Rapid Transit include descriptive text, and dozens of rare photos showing the men who built the line. The book provides a fascinating glimpse into the construction and design of one of the nation’s earliest municipal railway systems. This reprint has been slightly reformatted, but care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
1932 Ottawa Trolley Car Manufacturing Co. Catalog By Ottawa Car Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
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The Ottawa Car Manufacturing Co. produced trolley cars, electric locomotives and motor coaches for nearly every transit system in Canada. Founded in the 1890s by Thomas Ahearn, Warren Soper and... More > William Wylie, the company produced streetcars and self-propelled interurbans under license from J.G. Brill. The Great Depression destroyed Ottawa Car’s traction and railroad business. Except for a few cars built in the late 1940’s for the Ottawa Electric Railway, not a single piece of rolling stock was built by the company after 1933. The company sold transit buses through 1947, after which time it was sold and liquidated. This catalog, which dates from the early 1930’s, shows the Ottawa Car Company at its zenith. It includes data on 52-passenger Peter Witt cars, 30-passenger Birney Safety Cars, gas-powered Brills, locomotives, buses, and various accessories. This catalog has been slightly enlarged and reformatted for readability, but care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
1887 Prospectus for San Francisco's Wire Cable Railways and Cable Cars By Pacific Cable Railway Company
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In 1873, the first cable railway in the United States began operation in San Francisco. In subsequent years, the Clay Street Railroad was joined by many other operators throughout the U.S.A.,... More > including systems in New York and Los Angeles. The rise of the electric trolley made most cable car systems obsolete. Today, the only street cable car system in operation is the historic San Francisco Municipal Railway. Originally published in 1887, this prospectus was prepared by patent holders in hopes of attracting additional operators and investors. The document describes the cable car system and its operation in text, diagrams and photographs, and presents a detailed list of patents. This easy-to-read reprint is presented in format, sightly larger than the original. However, care has been taken to preserve the integrity of the text.< Less
Electric Railway Engineering By Francis H. Doane
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When Electric Railway Engineering was originally published in 1915, the electric railroad was rapidly transforming the nation’s cities and suburbs. How trolley cars, interurban cars, and... More > electric freight locomotives operate, and how a railroad must be constructed and maintained to support them, is the subject of this wonderful historic book. In its pages you'll find chapters about power systems, including overhead and third-rail, and topics such as operation of traction motors, controllers, resistor grids, and other hardware. Long considered a classic, this book has been out of print for nearly 100 years. This new printing is an exact replica of the original, and features nearly 400 pages of text and numerous diagrams.< Less