Jeff Hakner

Friday, May 13, 2011

Montreal & Southern Counties Railway No. 9 in 1987.

Branford Electric Railway

Riding the Branford Electric Railway at the Shore Line Trolley Museum. Bill Rosenberg photos (1971–1987). Click to enlarge and play slideshow.

The connection between the ERA and the Shore Line Trolley Museum in Branford, Conn. goes back to the museum’s founding in 1945 as the Branford Electric Railway Association (BERA). This month’s show, presented by Jeff Hakner of BERA, will focus on the New York-area cars in the museum’s collection of nearly 100 vintage vehicles. We’ll see these and sister cars in regular service, including Third Avenue in Manhattan, Bronx and Westchester, BRT/BQT, PSNJ, H&M, IND, BRT/BMT and IRT subway and elevated, Connecticut Company and Red Arrow. Look for some special shots of famous (infamous?) dual-citizens of ERA and BERA. You’ll also see behind-the-scenes views of trolley and rapid transit car operations and restoration, track, signal and overhead line maintenance, and learn more about the museum’s plans for the next century.

No. 9 in 1973.
No. 9 in 1981.
Rhode Island Co. No. 61 (built 1893) on May 20, 1978.
No. 61 in 1980.
No. 61 in 1978.
Lynchburg Electric Railway No. 34 (built 1899) on September 8, 1973.
No. 34 on May 19, 1973.
No. 34, sporting new paint scheme, in 1981.
Cars 18, 21, 2001 and 1689 in 1986.
Philadelphia Suburban No. 18 (built 1948) in 1983.
Philadelphia Suburban No. 21 (built 1948) in 1985.
Cars 25 and 2898 in 1981.
Nassau Electric Railway No. 10 (built 1898) on September 8, 1973.
Ottawa Electric Railway No. 25 (built 1923) in 1982.
No. 25 in May 1980.
Cornwall Street Railway No. 12 (built 1917) on September 8, 1973.
No. 12 in 1972.

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