Indiana Railroad 205

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Built in:1927 by G.C. Kuhlman Car Company (ord#924)
Out-of-service/Retired:1959 (1958)
Type of car:streetcar (suburban car)
Current Owner:Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Indiana Railroad 205
One of four survivors from Interstate Public Service is this lightweight suburban car. Built for service on IPS's suburban lines out of New Albany, Indiana, the car only ran for a few years before Indiana Railroad took over and suburban service ended in 1934. IPS 266, now IRR 205, and its sisters were rebuilt in 1936 for streetcar service and assigned to Terre Haute. There they remained until that service ended, after which 205 was sold to Oregon for suburban service out of Portland. It operated in Portland longer than in Indiana, and wasn't retired until 1959. It then passed into private ownership, although the car was nominally part of the collection of the Puget Sound Railway Historical Association. In 1993, after PSRHA was evicted from its site in Snoqualmie, 205 was sold first to a group in Yakima and then to IRM. It is on static display at IRM, awaiting restoration.

Ownership History:Interstate Public Service #266 1927-1930 / Indiana Railroad #205 1930-1940 / Portland Electric Power #4003 1940-1944 / Portland Traction #4003 1944-1959 / 1st preserved by Puget Sound Railway Historical Association 1959-1989 / later preserved by Yakima Electric Railway Museum 1989-1993 / Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois) 1993-present

Facts and Figures

Status:displayed inoperableGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:AREnded:DE
#Seats:52#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B-B)Total HP:160
Trucks:Brill 177E1XBrakes:SME [(M28D)]Compressor:DH-16
Motors:GE 247 (4)Voltage (if not 600DC)