Lynchburgh Electric Railway 34
This is an example of a first generation open bench trolley. Trolley such as these trolleys took millions of passengers to summer recreation areas like beaches and parks. Street railway companies built amusement parks as a way to generate weekend revenue. Many amusement park rides used the same controls as trolleys!
Built in 1899, this was a typical early trolley car. Early trolley cars only had one trolley pole which meant that it had to be swung around after each trip to change direction. The seat backs could also be flipped over so that passengers were always facing forward. This trolley car was also equipped with canvas curtains to protect the passengers from rain.
This was the first trolley car acquired by the Museum in 1945.
Num/Owner/City: 34 Lynchburg Elec. Ry. Lynchburg VA then 34 5 Mile Beach Elec. Ry. Wildwood NJ Builder: Jackson and Sharp Date Built: 1899
Num Trucks: 1 Truck Type: Brill 21E Num Motors: 2 Motors: GE-54 Controls: K-36(K-36J?) Brakes: handbrake Compressor: none
Length: 28′ Weight: 13,500 Height: Seats: 45 Ends: 2 OpenClosed: open Roof: deck Structural: wood Type: streetcar
Comment: first car acquired by BERA in 1945