Pittsburgh Railways Co. 3487

In service on Emsworth route, circa 1909. (Miller Library, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum)

In service on Emsworth route, circa 1909. (Miller Library, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum)

Trolley patronage grew dramatically after 1900, necessitating larger streetcars than the first four-wheelers. Car 3487 is an early example of a heavy eight-wheel model. Underneath the steel sheeting is an almost all-wood design. The car’s powerful motors allowed trailers to be towed for even more capacity. This is the type of car that opened service on the Charleroi interurban route in 1902.
Car 3487 was converted for work car duty in 1934 (it was based at the Charleroi Car House) and thus survived into the 1950s, when it was acquired by the Museum. It is the last of its type.

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Car 3487 as seen on display at the Trolley Display Building after application of “Safety Always” decals. (Bruce Wells photo)

Car Number 3487 Car Builder St. Louis Car Company
Year Built 1905 Type DTDE City – High Floor
Length 44’0″ Width 8’0″
Height 11’2″ Weight 59,000 lbs. (29.5 tons)
Seats 42 Motors WH93A
Year Acquired 1956 Status Trolley Display Building exhibit