Third Avenue 220
This car was originally built for the cable car line on Third Ave from 130th St to City Hall in New York City. In 1899 it was rebuilt into an electric car and assigned to the 42nd St. Crosstown Line, until about 1908 when it was replaced by larger cars. For the next 38 years it was used as a work car, cleaning the underground third rail conduits used by streetcars in Manhattan. Soon after the blizzard of 1888, NYC ordinances required all overhead lines including trolley wires be underground in most of Manhattan.
Built in: 1892 by Laclede Car Co.
Third Avenue Railway System 1892-1900
Metropolitan St. Railway 1900-1908
Third Avenue Railway /Transit System 1908-1946
Acquired by the museum in: 1948
About Car 220
Num/Owner/City: 220 Third Ave. Ry. NYC
Num/Owner/City: 20 Third Ave. Ry. NYC
Num/Owner/City: 33 Third Ave. Ry. NYC
Date Built: 1892
Num Trucks: 1
Truck Type: Peckham 11
Num Motors: 2
Comment: Cable car #20 1892-1899, slot scraper #33 1908-1948