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From Newark To Havana (via PSNJ!)

 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:25 pm    Post subject: From Newark To Havana (via PSNJ!) Reply with quote

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In 1949, 44 retired PSNJ dual-powered ASV trolleybuses were sold for futher operation in Havana.

As Havana's antiquated tram system utilized double wires, the transition from rails to rubber should have been smooth.

However, only a few ex-PSNJ vehicles were tested under wire; none of the old ASV's ever ran in revenue service as trolley buses.

However, a number ran as gas buses.

There is a 1949 newspaper photo on this page (scroll down) that shows one of the ASV's in Havana.

The old tram system was both archaic and charming, in the best "Toonerville" fashion!

A number of rare and wonderful old views here..........

"NYO"

http://www.tramz.com/cu/hb/hbb.html
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photo's...I am going to Havana in January for the first time...looking forward to it!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver wrote:
Great photo's...I am going to Havana in January for the first time...looking forward to it!


traildriver:

Bon Voyage! Very Happy

Are you heading to Havana via the graceful P&O liners? Wink

You surely will have a great time; I've always wanted to visit Havana myself; I know I'd be going camera-crazy taking pictures of all those beautiful vintage cars!

A lot of historical architecture to savor as well; many younger people today have no idea that, at one time, many US tourists traveled to Havana (by sea and air) for the swanky hotels and glittering nightlife.

While you are there, I hope you get to take a few pictures of some interesting buses! Very Happy

I also recall reading, that, in some areas, you can still see some of the old tram tracks, even though the trams are now gone almost 70 years.

"NYO"

PS: While in Havana, say hello to my good amigo, Ricky Ricardo (and Lucy too!) Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver:

Here are some links you might find of interest....... Wink

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havana_MetroBus (quite a number of routes!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/trailer_bus

http://www.havana-guide.com/camel-bus.html ("AY, CARUMBA!) Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

And if you want to get in some railfanning:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hershey_Electric_Railway (for the "juice" fan!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havana_Suburban_Railway
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great links, thanks! Those camel buses look like what's needed in certain neighborhood's...the driver is well secure. Very Happy

I am going aboard the Oceania Insignia...the old fashioned way...to look at old fashioned cars and places... Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver wrote:
Great links, thanks! Those camel buses look like what's needed in certain neighborhood's...the driver is well secure. Very Happy

I am going aboard the Oceania Insignia...the old fashioned way...to look at old fashioned cars and places... Cool


traildriver:

SAILING into Havana.......now THAT'S the way to travel! Very Happy

Could you imagine the MTA operating "camels"?? Shocked

Now that could be INTERESTING during the rush hours!!! Shocked Shocked

I saw a newspaper photo of Havana not that long ago; the NEWEST car in the photo was a '59 Chevy!! Shocked

Hope you get to photograph some interesting buses while you are there, and maybe the Hershey Electric MU's as well...... Wink

"NYO"
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More on Havana's "camels" (interesting little article!)

https://havanatimes.org/?p=102671
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting around Havana.......

http://www.cuba-junky.com/havana/havana-city-transportation.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting around Cuba by bus............

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/transport/getting-around/bus
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