Red Arrow Lines 73

73 Media Mall Svc 1972 EHL

Car 73 is seen during the “Media Mall” operation in 1972. Shown here at the end of the line West State Street between Orange and Lemon.

Cars 57 and 76 head outbound in tandem from 69th Street Terminal on Garrett Road in July of 1951.

Cars 57 and 76 head outbound in tandem from 69th Street Terminal on Garrett Road in July of 1951.

Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company (Red Arrow Lines) car 73 is a sister to regularly operated car 66. It is important to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s collection because it will enable the operation of two-car trains as illustrated in the photograph below, just as Red Arrow did at times of heavy traffic.
In 1959 eight of these cars were retained by Philadelphia Suburban specifically for school trips and inclement weather operations.  In 1970 SEPTA sold four of the cars to preservation groups, two became storerooms and two were retained for passenger operations. Car 73 was refurbished in 1972 by the transit authority (SEPTA) and the local business association as the centerpiece of a “Media Mall” promotion in that suburban community – the regular streetcar would turn back at the edge of town, and riders would transfer to 73 for the trip along State Street.
After the novelty (and funding) wore off regular trolley service was resumed in Media and car 73 was retained for charter and work service until it was declared surplus by SEPTA and acquired by PTM in 1990.

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Car Number 73 Car Builder J.G. Brill Company
Year Built 1926 Type DE center door suburban
Length 47’10” Width 8’7″
Height 12’5″ Weight 59,280 lbs. (29 tons)
Seats 62 Motors GE203L
Year Acquired 1990 Status Trolley Display Building Exhibit