Cedar Rapids & Iowa City 118

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Built in:1930 by Cincinnati Car Company (ord#3055)
Out-of-service/Retired:1954 (1953)
Type of car:interurban (lightweight/highspeed car)
Current Owner:Seashore Trolley Museum(Kennebunkport, Maine)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Cedar Rapids & Iowa City 118
One of four ex-C&LE "Red Devil" lightweight high-speed interurban cars to survive is this piece of equipment. It was built for the C&LE as part of an order for twenty cars, ten coaches and ten coach/parlor cars, that were intended to modernize the system. The new cars had revolutionary features like automotive-inspired styling, aluminum sides, and magnetic track brakes. Declining ridership led the C&LE to abandon all passenger service in 1938, however, at which time six coaches - including 118 - were sold to the CR&IC, or "Crandic." These six cars ran on the Crandic until that line was abandoned in 1953, when four of them were sold off intact. Car 118 was bought by STM, which has retained it in operational condition. The car is seeing some restoration work.

Ownership History:Cincinnati & Lake Erie #118 1930-1938 / Cedar Rapids & Iowa City #118 1938-1954 / Seashore Trolley Museum(Kennebunkport, Maine) 1954-present

Facts and Figures

Status:undergoing restorationGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:AREnded:SE
#Seats:38#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B-B)Total HP:400
Trucks:Cincinnati ABC-74DBrakes:Air-Magnetic (M33)Compressor:DH-25
Motors:GE 706A1 (4)Voltage (if not 600DC)