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Last week, museum volunteers, with the help of Central Hudson, retrieved rail and telephone poles along our mainline. Our JG Brill Model 55 "Doodlebug" Interurban car no. 120 assisted in the task, pulling along the City of New York IND flatcar no. 401, to retrieve these vital items. Here, we have car 120 pushing flatcar no. 401 back to the museum grounds, the flatcer loaded with rail and telephone poles. We thank Central Hudson for their help! Video: Allen Hughes, 4/17/17.

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Goes without saying that these great seats for Portuguese trams could have been exclusively manufactured only in Philly! #tram22 #linha22 #line22 #porto #portugal #philly #philadelphia #phila #jgbrillco #jgbrill #electricodoporto

In case you've missed it, TMNY reached yet another milestone last Saturday, January 28th when a team of six volunteers completed a test run on car no. 120 towards Kingston Point Park late that afternoon. After over sixteen years, this Model 55 "Doodlebug" car has awoken from its long slumber. There's a few more things left to be done on car 120. But for now, please enjoy this short clip by Liam Wexler!
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This week's TMNY Throwback Thursdays photo features two images of J.G. Brill Model 55 interurban car no. 120, dates unknown. Built in 1929, car 120 started out as a vehicle used by Sperry Rail Service as car no. 105. It was renumbered to 120 later on. In later years, it served other purposes, including as a munitions car for Remington Arms.
Being our museum's sole means of transporting visitors from 1983 to 2000, car 120 was sidelined for several years due to engine problems. This year, a small team of volunteers and engine experts aim to get car 120 right back into active duty.

Photos: Clint Chamberlin Collection.

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Meanwhile, as volunteers were installing signals on our museum grounds, other volunteers were prepping our "doodlebug" car no. 120 for a repaint! Note the yellow paint scheme underneath the red, as that was the color no. 120 wore originally when new. Lots of progress at TMNY! Photo: Steven Myrick.
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Members of Boy Scout Troop 42 of New Fairfield, Connecticut came to visit our museum! Here they are posing with our car no. 120!

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Mother's Day Special - our JG Brill Model 55 interurban "doodlebug" car no. 120 made some special runs this afternoon along our mainline. Today marked the first time since 2000 that no. 120 ran in regular service at the museum today! Photo: Allen Hughes.

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TMNY Throwback Thursdays returns with this photo of our J.G. Brill Model 55 "doodlebug" interurban car no. 120 on the mainline track, which at the time of this photo, was severely overgrown with plantlife. The museum has indeed come a long way. Photo: James McGinty, 6/15/1991.
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Last weekend: Nothing like track-work on a rainy day. Notice our circa 1933 Oporto built maintenance car still hard at work after 84 years. #railroad #railfans #railfannation #railfans_of_instagram #trolley #oporto #trolleycar #tram #streetcar #trackwork #maintenanceofway #rockhilltrolleymuseum #rockhillfurnace #jgbrill #livinghistory #ibeenworkinontherailroad

Check out our Johnstown Traction Co. car no. 358 and our J.G. Brill Model 55 "doodlebug" interurban car no. 120 side-by-side on our museum grounds. Taken by our Vice President Allen Hughes, 4/30/17.
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Last week, museum volunteers, with the help of Central Hudson, retrieved rail and telephone poles along our mainline. Our JG Brill Model 55 "Doodlebug" Interurban car no. 120 assisted in the task, pulling along the City of New York IND flatcar no. 401, to retrieve these vital items. Here, we have car 120 pushing flatcar no. 401 back to the museum grounds, the flatcer loaded with rail and telephone poles. We thank Central Hudson for their help! Video: Allen Hughes, 4/17/17.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingston #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #hudson #centralhudson #jgbrill #interurban #doodlebug #teamwork #volunteer

Last week, museum volunteers, with the help of Central Hudson, retrieved rail and telephone poles along our mainline. Our JG Brill Model 55 "Doodlebug" Interurban car no. 120 assisted in the task, pulling along the City of New York IND flatcar no. 401, to retrieve these vital items. Here, we see rail being loaded onto the flatcar. We thank Central Hudson for their help! Video: Allen Hughes, 4/17/17.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingston #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #hudson #centralhudson #jgbrill #interurban #doodlebug #teamwork #volunteer

Our ex P&W/ex Red Arrow/ex Septa "Strafford Car".
This car was one of 11 built for the P&W by JG Brill between 1924 and 1929, and originally was classically ornate with a top speed of 44mph. However, the stock market crash motivated a shift of the P&W from a normal interurban trolley line to a high speed commuter line, and with the arrival of the modern and lightening fast Brill Bullets in 1931 these practically new cars were already obsolete for use of the P&W. As a result they were rebuilt to be faster and more austere; now capable of reaching up to 68mph. Remarkably this car, along with the bullets, remained in continued high speed service until about 1989.

An illustration of the JG Brill car works in 1895. JG Brill was founded in 1868 by German immigrant Johann Georg Brill and his son, who first started makes horse cars in a small shop at 31st and Chesnut st. In 1890 they moved to their sprawling permanent site on Woodland ave seen here. Brill soon became the largest producer of train and trolley cars in the world, delivering 1500 trolleys to Philadelphia Rapid Transit alone between 1911 and 1913. Their plant was directly hooked up to the city trolley system and cars would roll out of the factory right onto the city streets. In 1939 they designed the groundbreaking "Bullet Cars" for the P&W Railway, now the Norristown High Speed Line, in 1931; they were the first cars to be tested in a wind tunnel and could exceed 90mph in operation. However, their decision not to buy into the PCC trolley program proved fatal, and their Brilliner design was less than successful, building their last trolleys for the Red Arrow transit company in Delaware county in 1941. By the time production stopped they had built over 30,000 trolleys for cities across the globe. During the war they built trucks and other items for the military, and postwar produced buses and trolley-buses, but by 1954 orders had dried and the plant shut down and was sold. #phillyprimeshots #igersphilly #phillygram #madeinphilly #jgbrill #workshopoftheworld #industrialheritage #industry #vintage_philly #swphilly #railfannation #railfans_of_instagram #factory #lithograph #phillyhistory

Both of our Oporto single trucked trolleys out waiting to be checked for clearances for the new platform we are planning to build. #orbisonia #railfans #rockhillfurnace #rockhilltrolleymuseum #transit #trolley #trolleycar #livinghistory #railfanning #railfannation #railfans_of_instagram #oporto #jgbrill

Our interurban no. 120 at work! Today, museum volunteers, with the help of Central Hudson, retrieved rail and telephone poles along our mainline. Our JG Brill Model 55 "Doodlebug" Interurban car assisted in the task, pulling along the City of New York IND flatcar no. 401, to retrieve these vital items. We thank Central Hudson for their assistance today! Photo: Allen Hughes.

#tmny #trolleymuseumofnewyork #kingston #kingstonny #ulstercounty #newyork #hudson #centralhudson #jgbrill #interurban #doodlebug #teamwork #volunteer

Throwback Thursday: Brill Bullets in the P&W carbarn in the 1980s in three different paint schemes; Red Arrow, Septa's original from the 1970s, and the eventual Septa red white and blue. #delco #philadelphiaandwestern #railfans_of_instagram #railfanning #jgbrill #madeinphilly #phillygram #philly #phillyhistory #phillyprimeshots #igers_philly #transit #trolley #upperdarby #tbt #septa #septa_social #septasuburban #brillbullet

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Built in 1931 by J.G. Brill for the Philadelphia & Western Railroad's Norristown line this car served with Red Arrow and SEPTA until 1990. The cars were nicknamed "bullets" both because of their streamlined nose and their running speed of 70mph. #transitmuseum #livinghistory #streetcar #brillbullet #jgbrill #philly #phillygram #philadelphia #phillyhistory #phillyprimeshots #igers_philly #septa #septa_social #iseptaphilly #norristown #norristownhighspeedline #madeinphilly #nhsl #delco #interurban

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