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Trolley cars for sale
« on: April 17, 2009, 07:07:11 PM »
 
 Three Vintage Trolley Cars
[St. Louis and J. G. Brill & Com] [USA]
 
Description
R. K. Evans offers three vintage trolley cars designed by "St. Louis Car Company" and �J. G. Brill & Company" in Philadelphia around 1900. The trolley cars are single truck, narrow gauge, and operate on a power supply of 600 volts DC via overhead pole. Fully refurbished and operational for public transit use, these trolleys have been warehouse protected for over thirty years in Portland, Oregon. Buyers from transit systems, amusement parks, casinos, historic society trolley projects, museums and private collectors are encouraged to respond. Subject to prior sale.
 
  
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Location:  USA  
Minimum Order:  One  
Price for Minimum Order:  $215,000.00/ Trolley  

 

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Re: Trolley cars for sale
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2009, 08:51:15 PM »

Converted 4 Wheel, narrow gauge car - running on Dallas Tx standard gauge streetcar line.

These are beautiful little cars, the best part being that they are not copy's, but the real thing. Based on the dates, they probably came from the old "Gales Creek Enterprises," Southwest of Portland. This little company wanted to sell them to Jacksonville for (I don't recall exact but seems to me to be:) $5,000 each. Today they are worth every nickle of the $215,000. There are more out there too. Another set STANDARD GAUGE is located in Australia, not those double ugly Australian Cars, but good old Uncle Sam models.


Another view of the same converted car in Dallas.

Note that narrow gauge can always be widened to Standard Gauge. Dallas has one of these cars too and the ornate woodwork, velvet seats, polished brass, stained and etched glass is pure artwork. The only slight drawback is once widened to standard gauge, they still ride light, bouncing, and wobbling much more then the heavy double truck cars. Still a great find, if someone would JUST donate the bucks...


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Re: Trolley cars for sale
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 09:17:27 AM »
This streetcar looks like it runs in its own ROW. Is that standard for narrow gauge, since they are so light? Would they mix well with auto traffic?

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Re: Trolley cars for sale
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 09:27:00 AM »
That's the Dallas M-Line Trolley.  It runs on regular streets with cars and on its own ROW.  That last image is a short extension that connects it with a DART light rail station.



more images of this system: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/content/view/1027/116/

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Re: Trolley cars for sale
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2009, 10:27:35 AM »
This streetcar looks like it runs in its own ROW. Is that standard for narrow gauge, since they are so light? Would they mix well with auto traffic?

The Dallas car in my photo is from the same original batch. It was NARROW GAUGE (3') just like the
cars that are for sale. A early vintage streetcar repair/museum "Gales Creek Enterprises," in Oregon, imported a bunch of these cars from Portugal. Detroit bought some and built a narrow gauge system to accommodate them. (MISTAKE). After years of successful operations a urban renewal project has called for a brand new standard gauge (4' 8.5") streetcar system. The Detroit narrow gauge cars were sold and went all over the place. Dallas got this car either from Detroit or one of the other Oregon cars and converted it to standard gauge. (smart). This is something we could do if we had someone or a City with the $ and guts to go ahead and make a move.

They are "LIGHT" but in railroad terms, so yes they work very well with automobiles. Not something you would want to challenge with the family Land Rover... The results would be like parking in front of a new JTA bus moving at about 30 MPH.

Just a note, the little 4 wheel cars don't have the great ride quality of the larger 8 wheel cars. The photo Lake posted is a JACKSONVILLE? "TURTLEBACK" car. The same management company "Stone and Webster" had these built back in the teens and 1920's for Dallas and JAX, nobody knows how many got swapped between us. These big cars are a bit larger then the new JTA buses and they are nice inside, ride quality is exceptional. Dallas has 4 others and would be willing to talk horse trade if we had some goods or services to offer.


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