Philadelphia & West Chester Traction 07

07 topped by a Line Crew near Drexelbrook, June 2, 1984.

07 topped by a Line Crew near Drexelbrook, June 2, 1984.

Originally built as a freight car (similar to PRT F22), Car 07 has enjoyed a long operating history. After Philadelphia & West Chester Traction’s freight service ended in 1925, 07 was converted to an overhead line car. This is a car that allowed workers standing on a roof-mounted platform to replace or adjust the overhead wire that carries the electrical current needed to power the trolleys.
07 in the Trolley Display Building.

07 in the Trolley Display Building.

Car 07 remained in service with the Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company (Red Arrow Lines) and its successor SEPTA into 1992 – a total of 81 years. We know of no other trolley vehicle on any other property that had that longevity!

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Car Number 07 Car Builder Jewett Car Company
Year Built 1911 Type Box Motor
Length 50’0″ Width 9’1″
Height 12’4″ Motors GE71 (4)
Year Acquired 1996 Status Trolley Display Building Exhibit