Monongahela West Penn 274

Trolley Display Building, 2008

Trolley Display Building, 2008

 

West Virginia had limited streetcar service compared to Pennsylvania. It was confined to the major cities, with Monongahela Valley Traction being the most important company. In 1923, the company was bought by the Pittsburgh-based West Penn System, which also operated trolleys in Wheeling as well as in Western Pennsylvania.

274 at Clarksburg in 1935. (Frank J. Goldsmith photo, Fred W. Schneider III collection)

274 at Clarksburg in 1935. (Frank J. Goldsmith photo, Fred W. Schneider III collection)

Car 274 was modern for its time, featuring all-steel construction and multiple-unit control, and initially served the Fairmont-Clarksburg-Weston route. A large freight door allowed transportation of commodities. In 1937, the car was transferred to the Parkersburg-Marietta division before being retired three years later.

Car 274 is a member of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s “lived-in” fleet – it served, with a sister car, for more than three decades as a summer cottage in Southeast Ohio before coming to the Museum in 1974.

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Car Number 274 Car Builder Jewett Car Company
Year Built 1918 Type DE Interurban Combine
Length 50’10” Width 8’6″
Height 13’0″ Weight 55,000 lbs. (28 tons)
Seats 54 Motors WH306
Year Acquired 1974 Status Trolley Display Building Exhibit

 

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