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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe:

Thanks for this info! Wink

I've long been interested in vintage European trams, such as SKODA and TATRA.

Budapest once operated a number of old (and quite impressive-looking!) "Two Rooms" cars into the 1960's.

Only a few US cities operated articulated streetcars; one of them was Baltimore, whose fleet of articulateds were cobbled together from obsolete older cars (these ran until the late 1940's)

CHICAGO SURFACE LINES had one experimental articulated that was never very popular; Detroit also dabbled with articulateds.......

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TATRA........

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_T3

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_T6A5

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_T6B5
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This page features photos of the articulated units that once operated in Cleveland (imagine B&QT operating a fleet of these monsters!)

http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/cts/cle_sub_stcr50005099.htm

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photos on this page depicts the oldest types of Baltimore streetcars (pre-Peter Witt); towards the bottom of the page, there are several photos of the BTC's articulated cars......

http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/btc/bal_sub_notpccwitt.htm

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outside of the B&QT's experimental units, articulated streetcars were never operated in New York; however, as has been already discussed here, the BMT did operated a number of articulated trains, beginning with the TRIPLEX ("D"-Types) of 1925.

They also operated the experimental "GREEN HORNET"/"BLIMP", "ZEPHYR", and "BLUEBIRD".

The 1936/1937 "MULTI-SECTION" units were, besides the earlier TRIPLEX units, to be production model units

The era of articulated rapid transit trains in New York came to end in 1965, when the "TRIPLEX" units were retired (the newer "MULTI-SECTION" cars were retired in 1961).........

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While on the subject of electric articulated units:

The KEY SYSTEM (San Francisco) from the mid-1930's through 1958, operated a fleet of modern articulated trainsets that became known as the "Bridge Units"; in 1939, the KEY trains began operating to the new Transbay Terminal, instead of the KEY's ferry pier, via new trackage over the lower level of the Bay Bridge.

Some of these sleek new units were built out of components from older, retired equipment (this was the reason why the "Bridge Units" could MU with the older cars then still in service)

Though they were quite sleek and up-to-date in appearance, they were not without problems.

Strangely, the windows (as built) could not be opened; also, the cars were not as fast as expected, especially those built out of components from older equipment.

When the KEY abandoned rail service in 1958, the units that were not scrapped (or preserved) were sold to South American interests, where, along with some modified ex-PE "Hollywood" cars, they ran for many more years.

This page is a gallery of "Bridge Unit" photos (imagine trains like these running over the Brooklyn Bridge!)

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http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/keysyst/keysyst_sub_old_bridge.htm

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Articulation trivia:

It was BOEING that indeed "made a buck" on modern articulated electric rail vehicles in the 1970's, when their new units began operation in Boston and in San Francisco.

Now, streetcars were "Light Rail Vehicles", and, despite their less-than-graceful appearance, they DID, however, hail a new era in electric articulated railcars.

With few exceptions (such as Philadelphia's single-unit KAWASAKI cars of the early 1980's), articulation was now indeed the byword

Sadly, by the time these new cars entered service, Brooklyn's car lines were gone some 20-odd years........

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


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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photo gallery of the MBTA's articulated LRV's, beginning with the BOEING units of the 1970's.........

http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/boston/bos_sub_lrvs.htm

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photos of ex-DC TRANSIT PCC's, after being sold overseas; note one photo showing an articulated rebuild in Sarajevo........

http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/dca/dca_sub_old_post1962_ops.htm

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An interesting thought to consider.......

Imagine that the original INTERBORO (subway) had designed its equipment to the same dimensions as the later BRT (BMT) and IND rolling stock?

Say the BRT/BMT's only entry point into Manhattan were the El lines that then radiated from Park Row (so subways); the IRT would have controlled all rapid transit in Manhattan and the Bronx (recall, the IRT also operated the Manhattan elevated lines)

Had the IRT rolling stock been built to the basic dimensions of the later BMT/IND cars, would the City of New York have even built the IND (INDEPENDENT)?

Had the BRT never entered the subway picture, the INTERBORO, indeed, would have been the undisputed king of rapid transit in Manhattan and the Bronx, at least until the IND opened in 1932.

Remember, also, that the IRT also operated elevated trains into Queens (2nd Avenue El) via the Queensboro Bridge, until 1942.......

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The R-68 "Hippo" marked the end of the (production) line for non-NTT (New Technology Train) New York subway cars.

Their basic appearance is similar to the earlier R-44/46's types; though quite "state of the art" when compared to the old 1948/1949-vintage monitor-roof R-10's they helped to replace in the late 1980's, the "Hippos" are decidedly "old school" today, when compared to the new generation (NTT) trains that began arriving at the dawn of the 21st century.

It is hard to believe today that these cars have been in service now for some 30-odd years.

Time indeed flies........

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard to believe that the first production-model "NTT" subway trains entered service twenty years ago.........

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