Johnstown Traction Company 350
Johnstown is a medium-sized city whose economy relied heavily on the steel industry. The nature of that business, with its large number of employees changing shifts three times daily, was a ready-made market for the Johnstown Traction Company (JTC), who found it profitable to maintain streetcar operations long after most cities had gone over to buses. JTC even purchased streamlined PCC cars in 1947, the smallest U.S. city to do so.
By 1959, the steel industry was suffering and the transit company was reducing its costs accordingly by initiating conversion of its lines to trackless trolleys (electric buses). A number of cars of the 350 series were still in service and were frequently used for excursions for streetcar enthusiasts like the early volunteers who established the Museum. These “fantrips” provided fund raising that helped establish a few trolley museums. Because of this, several cars found their way to museum operation with the first of them preserved here in September of 1959.
Car 350 is a perfect “time warp,” as it remains in virtually the same condition as it was in its last days of service in Johnstown. The car is currently on display at the Trolley Display Building. In June of 2004 it was placed on wheel sets (trucks) from Pittsburgh for the trip to the newly built TDB. Plans for the future are to re-gauge the original trucks so that the car may operate on the Museum’s demonstration railway.
St. Louis Car Company
STREET & INTERURBAN RAILWAY PASSENGER CARS
38,700 lbs. (19.4 tons)
Trolley Display Building Exhibit