Connecticut Company 3001

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Built in:1922 by Wason Manufacturing Company (ord#136)
Type of car:streetcar (Birney safety car)
Current Owner:Connecticut Trolley Museum(East Windsor, Connecticut)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Connecticut Company 3001
This double-truck Birney lightweight car was part of an order for three cars, numbered 3000-3002, built by Wason for the Connco's 11-mile long Torrington Division line from Torrington to West Winsted, Connecticut. All three cars ran on this division until it was abandoned in 1929, at which time they were transferred to New Haven for city service. At this time they were also equipped with lefthand doors. While in New Haven they were used mostly in tripper service and on lightly patronized lines. They lasted until the end of ConnCo New Haven service in 1948, at which time 3001 was acquired by CTM and moved to East Windsor (car 3000 of the same series was also preserved by the Branford Electric Railway Association). Car 3001 operated regularly at CTM for many years, but recently has been in the shop undergoing structural rebuilding work. It is one of three Wason double-truck Birneys preserved.

Ownership History:Connecticut Company #3001 1922-1948 / Connecticut Trolley Museum(East Windsor, Connecticut) 1948-present

Facts and Figures

Status:stored inoperableGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:AREnded:DE
#Seats:32#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B-B)Total HP:100
Trucks:Brill 77E1Brakes:SME (M28)Compressor:DH-16
Motors:WH 506A (4)Voltage (if not 600DC)