• Ottawa Electric Railways line car 25

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February 1, 2014 by 

An indispensable car on any historic electric railway is the line car. Line cars give workmen “rooftop” access to construct, adjust, and make repairs to the overhead wires. The platform can be raised to twice the height of the car and can be pivoted out to either side to work on an adjacent track. The platform is also insulated, meaning repairs can go on even while the trolley wire is fully energized (600v DC!). Our line car was built in 1923 by the Ottawa Car Company and operated on the Ottawa Electric Railways in Ontario, Canada. It can regularly be found in-service on the Branford Electric Railway as our volunteers maintain our own trolley wire.

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