Classic Vintage Trams

Tram, streetcar or trolley systems were common throughout the industrialized world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but they disappeared from many cities in the mid-20th century. In recent years, they have made a comeback. Many newer light rail systems share features with (or utilize) trams, although a distinction is often drawn between the two, especially if the line has significant off-street running.
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Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company Red Arrow Line - The very last trolleys built by Philadelphia's once-great Brill Car Company were these ten suburban cars, completed in 1940.

Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company Red Arrow Line - The very last trolleys built by Philadelphia's once-great Brill Car Company were these ten suburban cars, completed in 1940.

Blackpool Balloons - A worthy companion of the Balloons is the Boats class, also built by English Electric in 1934. These cars are single deck open-topped models with central doors and gangway. They are numbered 600-607, originally 225-236 and have a passenger capacity of between 52 and 56. They are known as "the boats" due to their ship-like streamlined appearance and are one of the most iconic Blackpool trams. All cars are virtually identical, except for 600, which has shorter body panels.

Blackpool Balloons - A worthy companion of the Balloons is the Boats class, also built by English Electric in 1934. These cars are single deck open-topped models with central doors and gangway. They are numbered 600-607, originally 225-236 and have a passenger capacity of between 52 and 56. They are known as "the boats" due to their ship-like streamlined appearance and are one of the most iconic Blackpool trams. All cars are virtually identical, except for 600, which has shorter body panels.

Tampa Electric Company streetcar

Tampa Electric Company streetcar

Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company Red Arrow Line - In marked contrast to modern trolleys like the Brilliners and Master Units described above, the Brill "Center Door" car seen here was typical of suburban trolleys built around 1920. These tended to be large, heavy, double-end cars, with passengers entering and exiting via doors located at the center of the car. When this car was ordered in 1926, its design was already "conservative" to put it mildly.

Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company Red Arrow Line - In marked contrast to modern trolleys like the Brilliners and Master Units described above, the Brill "Center Door" car seen here was typical of suburban trolleys built around 1920. These tended to be large, heavy, double-end cars, with passengers entering and exiting via doors located at the center of the car. When this car was ordered in 1926, its design was already "conservative" to put it mildly.

Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company Red Arrow Line - The last traditional (hand-controlled) streetcars in service in the Philadelphia area were these Brill "Master Unit" suburban cars built in 1932-33. They were capable of seventy miles per hour, and lasted into the early 1980's.

Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company Red Arrow Line - The last traditional (hand-controlled) streetcars in service in the Philadelphia area were these Brill "Master Unit" suburban cars built in 1932-33. They were capable of seventy miles per hour, and lasted into the early 1980's.

Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company Red Arrow Line - The last traditional (hand-controlled) streetcars in service in the Philadelphia area were these Brill "Master Unit" suburban cars built in 1932-33. They were capable of seventy miles per hour, and lasted into the early 1980's.

Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company Red Arrow Line - The last traditional (hand-controlled) streetcars in service in the Philadelphia area were these Brill "Master Unit" suburban cars built in 1932-33. They were capable of seventy miles per hour, and lasted into the early 1980's.

The "newest" equipment on the Red Arrow lines were these St. Louis-built cars, built in 1949

The "newest" equipment on the Red Arrow lines were these St. Louis-built cars, built in 1949

The Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company trolley system was absorbed into the SEPTA system in 1970. Its two remaining trolley routes, to Media and Sharon Hill, used 1930's and 40's vintage double-end trolleys until the arrival of new Light Rail Vehicles in 1981.

The Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company trolley system was absorbed into the SEPTA system in 1970. Its two remaining trolley routes, to Media and Sharon Hill, used 1930's and 40's vintage double-end trolleys until the arrival of new Light Rail Vehicles in 1981.

Philadelphia and Western (Philadelphia-Norristown) interurban Brill "Bullet" car

Philadelphia and Western (Philadelphia-Norristown) interurban Brill "Bullet" car

Philadelphia and Western (Philadelphia-Norristown) interurban Brill "Bullet" car

Philadelphia and Western (Philadelphia-Norristown) interurban Brill "Bullet" car

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