Jersey Shore & Antes Fort Railroad 3

As seen today on the Trolley Display Building Tour In Service, 12/21/1906 (Nathan Zapler collection)

 

Car Number 3 Car Builder Niles Car and Manufacturing Company
Year Built 1905 Year Acquired 1999
Type DE Interurban Combine Seats  
Length XX'X" Width  
Height XX'X" Weight  
Motors   Status Trolley Display Building Exhibit

This wonderfully decrepit wood car body represents one-half of the passenger fleet of the tiny (4.75 miles) Jersey Shore & Antes Fort Railroad.  Cars 1 & 3 provided the connection between Jersey Shore and the Pennsylvania Railroad connection at Antes Fort hauling both passengers and freight. The company itself lasted little more than 20 years (1904-1925), but the real story here is the car body.

When the company folded, its owners took both cars to a site along Pine Creek, north of Jersey Shore and fashioned them into a vacation residence (read: hunting camp).  Thus saved from the scrapper, the cars sat until June 1972, when Hurricane Agnes brought extensive flooding to the Pine Creek valley, broke the cars loose from their foundation and they floated away. The cars came to rest near a railroad bridge, which badly damaged them.  The remains of both cars were discovered by Jeff Pritchard, who with Paul Vassallo dismantled car #1, worked to stabilize the body of #3 and saved it from destruction. After two different storage locations Mr. Vassallo moved the car to Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. In 1999 the Paul and his Wife generously donated #3 to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum providing PTM a unique interurban car with a fascinating story. This car is the Museum's only Niles built car and represents the a "combine" configuration used by many lines in the north central part of our state where hauling freight was of about equal in importance to the passenger business.

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3 in snow

 
#3 with a work train led by #2 behind it.
(Nathan Zapler collection)
Current interior of #3
(John Smatlak photo)
Current interior of #3
(John Smatlak photo)
 

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