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IRT Lo-V Commemoration October 12

September 9, 2014

Commemoration of the last run of the IRT Lo-V


4617 Lo-V

Photo by J. Pirmann, nycsubways.com collection. Source: http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?45861

East Haven, CT: The Shore Line Trolley Museum (SLTM) is pleased to commemorate two important events this October in the history of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company: the 110th anniversary of the opening of the IRT (October 27, 1904), and the 50th anniversary of the last run of Lo-V train equipment (October 24, 1964).  On that 1964 date, the Electric Railroaders’ Association chartered a final run of recently-retired Lo-V equipment.  These five cars later were preserved as a “museum” train, making special appearances from time to time on the New York City Subway system.  One of the Lo-V cars of this train, #5466, was later acquired by SLTM in 1988.

Freshly repainted and accurately restored inside and out to its late 1930’s era appearance, Lo-V car 5466 will commemorate this 50th anniversary at the Shore Line Trolley Museum on October 12, 2014.  The car will be operated by SLTM crews for the public to ride with trips down the line planned for 11AM, 1PM and 3PM, with scheduled photo run-bys in between.  The famously misspelled “Good-by! Parting is such sweet sorrow!” sign hung on the front of the final run in 1964 has been carefully replicated and will grace the front of 5466 throughout the day.

Restoration underway this summer.

Restoration underway this summer.

Relive a moment in history!  All museum visitors are welcome to take part in the Lo-V excursions on October 12.  Regular museum admission rates will be charged.  Other street railway equipment will also be operating for the public as part of SLTM’s seasonal Pumpkin Patch program.

Additional Photos:

Last Run of the Lo-V’s in October 1964.  Source: Photobucket

Lo-V 5466 in service at SLTM in 2013, before its most recent restoration.

5466 in September 2014 following restoration.

Event Details:

Commemoration of the last run of the IRT Lo-V
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street, East Haven, CT 06512
October 12 hours: 10:30am-4:30pm

NOTE: SLTM reserves the right to substitute equipment without notice. The Lo-V is not wheelchair accessible.


THE SHORE LINE TROLLEY MUSEUM, operated by the Branford Electric Railway Association, Inc., strives to educate the public about the story of the trolley  and related forms of mass transit in their historic context. The Museum operates the Branford Electric Railway, opened in 1900, recognized by the Department of the Interior as the oldest continuously-operated suburban trolley line in the United States.  The Museum’s extensive collection includes nearly 100 trolleys and similar vehicles, an extensive archive, and artifacts of the trolley era.