Columbus Railway Power & Light Co. Flat Motor 067


067 in service at the Ohio Railway Museum.

Many trolley companies employed the use of specialty cars like 067, a utility car that could haul almost anything from rails and poles on down to spikes. The key here was “utility” – make the car as flexible in function as possible. Thus you see the long deck and the tiny cab. The load was the important thing, not the operator’s comfort!
067, the "Outhouse On A Raft," on display at the Trolley Display Building.

067, the “Outhouse On A Raft,” on display at the Trolley Display Building.

Referred to by rail enthusiasts as an “outhouse on a raft,” a flat motor like 067 made the job of maintaining a trolley line easier than it would be without the specialized equipment. Crews could carry all the elements of the work with them in one place without hauling a trailer, making it simpler to keep out of the way of the all-important revenue producing passenger cars. Ironically, some of the specialty cars outlasted the passenger equipment, and were used to tear up the tracks and wires after the lines were abandoned and replaced with motor buses.

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Car Number 067 Car Builder Columbus & Southern Ohio Power
Year Built 1923 Type Street Railway Motor Flat Car
Motors GE 54 (4) Seats 0
Year Acquired 1985 Status Trolley Display Building Exhibit