Lake Shore Electric 171

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Built in:1918 by Jewett Car Company
Type of car:interurban (coach)
Current Owner:Seashore Trolley Museum(Kennebunkport, Maine)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Lake Shore Electric 171
One of three survivors of the last series of electric cars ever built by the Jewett Car Company is this car. Jewett was one of the smaller electric car builders but specialized in interurbans and was fairly popular in the Midwest. By the mid-teens, though, the interurban lines were already experiencing tough times and Jewett's small size made it ill-equipped to deal with the converson to all-steel construction. LSE 170-181 were the last cars it ever built. They made up the second, and last, series of steel cars the LSE ordered new. These cars ran all over the LSE's system in northern central Ohio until the LSE was abandoned in 1938. At that time the body of car 171 was sold for use as a diner in Monroeville, Ohio. There it remained until, some years after the diner had gone out of business, the carbody was acquired by STM in 1987. Although it is in extremely poor condition, it is being stored by STM in the hopes of eventual rebuilding.

Ownership History:Lake Shore Electric #171 1918-1938 / Seashore Trolley Museum(Kennebunkport, Maine) 1987-present

Facts and Figures

Status:stored inoperableGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:AREnded:SE
#Seats:64#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B-B)Total HP:560
Trucks:[Baldwin 84-45]Brakes:AMMCompressor:[DH-16 (2)]
Motors:[WH 557A2 (4)]Voltage (if not 600DC)


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