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200 series

203a.jpg
Car 203 after modernization
Collection of Joe Diaz
Specifications
Manufacturer:Niles
Built:1905
Quantity:5
Numbers:201-207 odd, 209
Length:51'-11"
Width:8'-8"
Height:13'-0"
Weight:83,900 lbs.
54,600 lbs. (209)
Trucks:Baldwin
Peckham (209)
Motors:2-GE66B
None (209)
Control:GE C61
GE C21 (205, 207)
Seats:52
Couplers:Van Dorn

History:

The 200-series was a set of four wood-boddied passenger interurban cars built by the Niles Car and manufacturing Company. Like the previous series, these cars were built as unpowered trailers and were given odd numbers, 201-207. (A fifth car was included in the order and was built as a parlor car named Carolyn.) Differing from earlier cars delivered to the railroad, the 200-series were built with toilets.

At some point during their careers each of the 200-series cars was equipped with two motors (known as "half motors" as standard power cars contained four motors) and had trolley poles installed.

Following the arrival of the first steel-bodied cars in 1923, the existing parlor cars were rebuilt to visually, mechanically, and electrically train with the new, modern equipment. At this point Carolyn was removed from parlor service and in 1924 was rebuilt as a passenger car and given the number 209.

Cars 201 and 207 were removed from service in 1955. Eventually all of the cars were scrapped.

Full history coming soon.

Additional Photos

Sources:

  1. The Great Third Rail III-17