Mike’s Trolleybus Photos Transit Company

Dayton City Transit Company late August 1969
City Transit was one of the last privately-owned public transit systems in the USA. Management reluctantly replaced streetcars with trolleybuses in 1947. They still had very frequent service for a mid-sized city when we chartered Marmon-Herrington 547 and Pullman 427 in late August 1969. Trolleybuses, like streetcars, can accelerate much more quickly than internal combustion engine buses. The quickest way to destroy a public transit system is to get rid of electric bus and rail routes, and from the 1930’s forward General Motors and their cohorts did an excellent job, by their standards, of driving transit passengers away in droves with their dawdling buses throughout North America. The copper and steel scrap sales conveniently helped pay for the buses, made by GM, of course.
Thanks to GM, Firestone, and some of the larger oil companies like SOCAL, we in the USA have net oil imports around 9 million barrels daily Since net oil imports have doubled in the past 30 years, is the US committing financial suicide? In view of the fact that 5% of the world’s people, the USA, use 25% of the world’s fossil fuels, we’re kidding ourselves by thinking that printing money to pay for oil can go on forever, especially when you consider that the Alaskan oil that President Bush is fighting the Senate over is less than what the USA consume in a thousand days. Technical improvements in vehicle fuel economy, given their long lead time, will be offset by population increases all the while traffic jams and the costs of building, maintaining, and policing ever more highway networks increase. If public transit, especially in big cities, isn’t the answer to a lot of this central issue in the US domestic economy, why did the US government forbid the abandonment of streetcar lines in World War II? On one memorable occasion, the US told Mayor La Guardia he couldn’t use buses he had purchased to replace streetcars on the Third Avenue Railway system. The cars ran for the balance of the war. – ed.

The last regular Third St car was operated on September 28, 1947. – Cliff Scholes
Brown St. at Volusia Ave. – Cliff Scholes
Same location as previous photo. It looks like there’d been a drought.
#416 taken on Broadway at First St. 401-445 built 1947 by Pullman-Standard – Cliff Scholes
# 432 on West Third St. at Antioch – Cliff Scholes
#431 taken on Western Ave. at West Third St. – Cliff Scholes
#530 taken on Watervliet Ave. near Wayne and Arbor Aves. The rails were for the Dayton & Xenia interurban. 530 built 1949 by Marmon-Herrington, a model TC48, for Oakwood Street Railway, their #38, bought by City Transit in 1956 – Cliff Scholes
#547 taken on Phillips Ave. at Argyle. 543, 547, 554, 557 built 1948 by Marmon-Herrington, models TC48, for Columbus Transit Co., their #’s 647, 626, 654, and 655, respectively, bought by City Transit in 1967. – Cliff Scholes
Location unknown
#547 taken on Siebenthaler Ave. near Main St. – Cliff Scholes
It was so hot the trolley wires were sagging.
West 3rd St. and Oberlin Av. 501 built 1949 by Marmon-Herrington, a model TC48. – Cliff Scholes
#437 taken on Philadelphia Dr. at Cornell Dr. – Cliff Scholes
#427 taken on Seneca Dr. at Haverhill Dr. – Cliff Scholes
#554 taken on East Third St. near Wright Ave. – Cliff Scholes
#605 taken on Leo St. near Ritchie St. 605 built 1947 by Marmon-Herrington, a model TC44, for Kansas City Public Service, their #2556, bought by City Transit in 1959 – Cliff Scholes
#533 taken at the Bolendar barn, built in 1951 by Marmon-Herrington, a model TC48, for Cincinnati Street Railway, their #1487, bought by City Transit in 1965. The ex-Columbus TB’s probably were the ones cannibalized for parts, as City Transit bought 32 of them, but only 21 were ever placed in service. – Cliff Scholes
#543 taken on Brown St. at Schantz Ave. – Cliff Scholes
An obliging fan pulled the poles so the regular service bus could pass. There wasn’t much road rage back then. There wasn’t as much traffic.
#547 taken on Brown St. near Schantz Ave. – Cliff Scholes
#427 taken on Huffman Ave. east of Smithville Rd – Cliff Scholes
#547 taken on Far Hills Ave. at Forrer Blvd. – Cliff Scholes
547 taken on Far Hills Ave. at Patterson Rd. – Cliff Scholes
414 taken on Home Ave. near Kilmer. The gravel area alongside the TB was the center-of-the-road private right-or-way used by the West Fifth St. streetcars when they operated. – Cliff Scholes
#408 taken at the station of the West Fifth St. line on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home. – Cliff Scholes
#547 taken on Hillcrest Ave. near Philadelphia Dr. – Cliff Scholes
#427 taken on Huffman Ave., having just turned out of Martz Ave. – Cliff Scholes
#427 taken on Cosler Ave., having just turned off Burkhardt Ave. – Cliff Scholes
#427 taken on Huffman Ave., having just turned out of Martz Ave. – Cliff Scholes

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
This was a Brill trolleybus at the western terminus of the 79 Snyder Av line during July 1971. I’m not sure if trolleybuses run in Philadelphia these days. This line and the 29 Tasker-Morris on the south side of Philadelphia were not connected to the three north side lines at Frankford Depot.
Brill ETB at 12th & Snyder July 1971
Frankford Depot from the Frankford El July 71
Marmon-Herrington ETB at Frankford Depot July 71
Frankford Depot July 71
Marmon-Herrington ETB on Frankford Av at North Cedar Hill Cemetery southbound July 71

Toronto Transit Commission June 1970
Doncliffe loop on the Nortown line
Ex-Cincinnati ETB on Weston Rd. You can’t see it here but the Cincinnati trolleybuses were made for the Cincinnati streetcar system’s double overhead wires which were set to 19″ apart, wheras the standard distance between trolleybus lines wires elsewhere was 2 feet. Sometimes you could see that the poles bended outwards 2�” in Toronto and Dayton.
Ex-Cincinnati ETB on Weston Rd.
CCF Brill on Annette. It’s an easy number to remember.
Doncliffe loop on the Nortown line

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority July 1969
Pullman North Cambridge In the 1950’s there was a huge trolley bus system running all over the Boston area. They were called trackless trolleys in Massachusetts. Note the nearly unique offside door used on Boston trackless trolleys for loading/unloading in the Harvard tunnels and at maybe one or two stops in Cambridge on the Waverly line.
Pullman at garage hand-held a little blurred
Pullmans Cambridge location unknown
Pullman at garage
Pullmans at garage. Trolley buses replaced streetcars in Cambridge and otherwise north of the Charles River in 1958.
Waverly line, the exact location is unknown, possibly Mt. Auburn.
Cambridge Mt. Auburn Street at Eliot
Hamilton (Ontario) Street Railway Co
This Western Flyer trolleybus was new in July 1975. At the time HSR were acquiring new bus bodies, reconditioning old HSR and Fort William ETB components, and extending the King line east to Stoney Creek. I thought then Hamilton would keep their trolleybuses forever so it was quite a shock when I found out that Hamilton had quit in 1992! For information about HSR trolley coaches, here is an excellent resource on trainweb.org: HSR TROLLEY COACH OPERATIONS
CCF Brill July 1975
Western Flyer trolleybus July 1975
Closeup of electric pole Cannon St. July 1971.
This is a Canadian Car & Foundry Brill chartered for a fan trip in July 1975 on a non-revenue access street from the HSR garage turning east on to Barton St.
Hughson Street July 1975
King & Hughson Streets August 1972
Unknown location May 1969
Eastbound on Main St, this time at Weir St, a few blocks east of Kenilworth. – Ray Chow
May 1969
King St. Ice cream, anyone?
Eastbound on Main St at Kenilworth Ave (the Gladstone House tavern is still there). – Ray Chow
May 1969
King at Strathearne cutback May 1969
Barton St and Kensington Ave (the railway crossing is still there). – Ray Chow
May 1969
Barton eastbound to Kenilworth short turn May 1969
King St. line location unknown May 1969. Next to the etb is a Candian Car diesel bus.
ditto at the garage
King & Walnut
King St. short turn to Strathearne May 1969.
The trolleybus shown is southbound on Wellington St just north of King St (both buildings in the background are still there, though I believe both are now vacant). – Ray Chow
Location unknown July 1975
Garage July 1975
Cannon outbound to Strathearne cutback May 1969.
This guy’s goose-stepping for us.
I am not sure; it’s possibly the Cannon line westbound turning from Strathearne onto Britannia, May 1969.
Outbound on Wilson May 1969. Most people today don’t realize how common Divco trucks were. Until the sixties, you left your $1.25 overnight in an empty milk bottle for the milkman the next morning. Who would have thought of stealing it?
Eastern terminus of the Barton line May 1969
Raisin’ dust on Cannon May 1969. Is that a deSoto?
Cannon St. at Ottawa St. N.
Cannon St. at Grosvenor Ave. N.
King & Main Sts. May 1969
Barton St August 1972
James St and Mulberry St in front of the Armoury – Ray Chow
Aug 72
At the end of Barton in July 1975

Johnstown Traction Company August 1967. Trolleybus service ended in Johnstown less than three months after this picture was taken. Streetcars quit here seven years earlier. – ed.
The pictured #733 was originally Cincinnati Newport & Covington Railway Co. #661, a 1952 ACF-Brill model TC46, bought by Johnstown in 1958. It was subsequently sold to Mexico City in 1968. The last date of operation in Johnstown was 11-11-67. – Cliff Scholes
Johnstown, Pennsylvania January 1970