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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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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

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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This week's TMNY Throwback Thursdays photo takes us back to our beginnings in the city of Kingston. Starting with our first day of operations there on July 4, 1983 and for several years afterwards, our J. G. Brill Model 55 Interurban "Doodlebug" car no. 120 moved visitors throughout our museum property.

In 2000, the car suffered serious engine failure, forcing us to ground car 120, and hastily move our Johnstown car no. 358 into service.
Today, a small team of mechanics is working to finally return car 120 into service, aiming for a late summer debut of the car. Work on car 120 has been ongoing over the last few months and is very close to completion. Be on the lookout later this summer!
Photo by Bill Myers, June 1984. James McGinty Collection.
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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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For the first in the Trolley Museum of New York's history, the trolley museum had a dual car system running both Johnstown Traction Co. trolley car no. #358 and J.G. Brill Model 55 Interurban Doodlebug car no. 120 we're running at the same time, providing service to visitors attending Hooley on the Hudson. Photo: Allen Hughes, 9/3/17.

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Here we have 98% of the no. 2 side of our J.G. Brill interurban car no. 120 stripped of paint last week 8/19, including under the roof. Photo: Harold Greenblatt.
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Our volunteers have been hard at work every weekend this summer, doing their best to make our museum shine!
These photos were taken last Saturday August 5th and Saturday August 12th by our volunteers Justin Myrick and Patrick McGinty. Swipe to see them. On August 5th, volunteers cleaned up and trimmed some of the brush along our mainline. Interurban car no. 120 assisted volunteers along the line.
On August 12th, volunteers completed a clean-up of part of our yard, picking scrap wood and metal from the property to be carted away. Our City of New York IND R4 car no. 825 was given a good scrub down in preperation for exterior body work, which will begin shortly. And, our J.G. Brill interurban car no. 120 received more exterior car body work, in oreparation for a repaint, which will also begin very soon.
As always, many thanks to all of our volunteers and trustees for all of their efforts!

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Today, volunteers proceeded with another yard shuffle that led to a first in our museum's history. A five-car consist operated with our Whitcomb diesel locomotive no. 9 and J.G. Brill interurban "doodlebug" car no. 120, as they pulled flatcar F401, IRT Lo-V car no. 5600, and IND R4 car no. 825. The shuffle was done in preparation for two major projects, the restoration of Whitcomb diesel no. 9 and that of R4 car no. 825. Both will begin in a matter of weeks, in conjuntion with restoration work on BMT "Q-Type" car no. 1602A and B&QT PCC trolley car no. 1000. Please swipe to view all photos.
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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

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