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Irene/Sandy Flood Recovery Status

Latest Update: February 10, 2017


Recovering from the damage suffered by the museum's vehicle collection at the hands of storms Irene and Sandy is a multi-year process which is made possible by a pair of disaster assistance grants from FEMA. Each vehicle can take over a year to complete (although the average has been 6-9 months) and over $50,000, of which FEMA pays 75% and the museum pays 25%.

In general, the process is to bring the vehicle into the shop and remove the damaged components. Primarily these are the traction motors, and most cars have either 2 or 4 motors. Air compressors and other major components that were flood-damaged may also be removed. These components are sent out to a qualified electrical motor shop which overhauls them and remediates the flood damage. Upon return, the components are given a run-in test at the museum and then re-installed. Finally, the vehicle itself is given a number of run tests before being released back into service.

In response to frequent inquiries from museum members and the general public, the tables below, which will be updated periodically, give the overall status of the program.

The museum's goal is to completely reverse the effects of these floods. To do so, the support of museum friends is essential. The museum welcomes both general donations, which will be directed to the vehicle or vehicles that most need the funding, or vehicle-specific restricted donations. In the latter case, please understand that the museum may not be able to initiate repair of a particular car until it has sufficient funding secured to make it feasible to undertake the project. A typical streetcar needs $6500-$7000 of funding (our share of the cost after FEMA reimbursement).
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Note: Some of the cars are listed as "temporarily repaired." Their traction motors were washed out and dried with hot air without removal from the car. While these cars are now operating, their long-term reliability is not assured, and they would benefit from motor overhaul. There isn't sufficient space on this page to list all of the technical issues involved with each car. Interested readers are encouraged to contact the museum with any questions. One of the museum members involved with the project will be happy to discuss these with you.
Vehicle NumYear BuiltDescriptionRepair StartedRepair CompletedNotes
Completed Repairs
2201892Single-truck closed car, NYC, converted cable carJun 2016Nov 2016CFGNH sponsorship.
3021907Railway Post Office trolley, New Bedford MAMar 2014Apr 2015Motor work sponsored by H. Albert Webb Memorial Grant
3161896Single-truck closed car, Union Railway (Westchester Co.)March 2016Aug 2016Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
3561926Closed pasenger car, Johnstown PA**Motors replaced with previously overhauled spares
5001904Trolley Parlor Car, ConnecticutDec 2015Jan 2017Sponsored by 500 club members and CFGNH.
8651905Closed passenger car, ConnecticutJan 2014Dec 2015New axle bearings via grant from W. Russell Rylko Memorial Grant, motor work partially sponsored by Amherst Railway Society
17921899Early double-truck passenger car, BrooklynFeb 2015Nov 2015Compressor repaired in-house
20011929Closed passenger car, MontrealJan 2015Aug 2015New pinion gears via 20th Century Elec. Ry. Foundation grant
23501922Single-truck "Birney" style car, ConnecticutJan 2016May 2016Sponsored by Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
28981923"Peter Witt" style passenger car, TorontoMar 2015Apr 2016
66881955Rapid transit subway car, class R-17, NYCFeb 2013Apr 2013
91371903Derrick crane car, BrooklynMay 2014Apr 2016
Temporarily repaired and now operable (require future permanent repair)
Shunter1913Home-built single-truck switcher, Montreal Tramways
W31929Motorized crane car, Montreal Tramways
251923Single-truck line car, Ottawa
2051947Trolleybus
5031928Rapid transit subway car, Hudson & Manhattan class J (NY/NJ)
6291939"Modern" closed car, Third Avenue Ry. (NYC)--funded for permanent repair
9481926Closed passenger car, Atlanta--Only 2 motors flooded
13491905Brooklyn Elevated rapid transit convertible motor car
15041904Wrecker/emergency car, Rhode Island
16891940Rapid transit subway car, class R-9, NYC
31521925Snow plow, single-ended, Cornwall
54661924Rapid transit subway car, "Lo-V", NYC
Repairs in progress
S361920Double-truck sweeper, Toronto (ex Eastern Mass, ex Third Ave)May 2016-Private donor. Motors pulled may 2016.
271949All-elec. PCC, NewarkDec 2015-Motors replaced with purchased spares, pending M-G and control group repairs
611893Single-truck closed car, Rhode Island Co.Jul 2016-CFGNH, motors pulled Jul 2016
7751904Closed passenger car, ConnecticutOct 2016-Motors pulled and sent out Oct 2016, anticipated CFGNH funding
10011936Oldest preserved PCC car, BrooklynJul 2013-Motors and MG complete, pending control system repairs, partially sponsored by National Railway Historical Society
1425191115-bench double-truck open, ConnecticutAug 2015-Sponsored in part by Branford Community Foundation, Tom. E. Dailey Foundation, Amherst Railway Society, motors back June 2016, to truck shop Jul 2016
19111919Closed passenger car, ConnecticutFeb 2016-Private donor. Motors at motor shop, June 2016.
45731906Convertible passenger car, BrooklynMay 2013-Motors, air compressor and wheel truing complete. In shop Feb 2016 for reassembly. Sponsor: private donors.
Inoperable, sponsored or specific funding source
51910Only preserved trolley rotary snowplow, Montreal Tramways--Amherst Ry. Society Founders Award
341899Single-truck open, Wildwood NJ (ex Lynchburg VA)--Private donor
1161930High-speed interurban, Cincinatti & Lake Erie (later CRANDIC)--Grant from John. H. Emery Rail Trust
7091923Interurban, Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee--Private donor
8301908Closed pasenger car, Third Avenue Ry. (NYC)--Private donor
8841909Semi-convertible passenger car, Third Avenue Ry. (NYC)--Private donor
12271903Brooklyn Elevated rapid transit, closed motor car--Partially funded, private donor
17061913Single-truck convertible, Toronto--Private donor
24311913Closed passenger car, New Jersey--Private donor
36621907Rapid transit subway car, "Deckroof Hi-V", NYC--Private donor
Inoperable, awaiting funding and repair
Amy18994-wheel early elec switcher loco
81941"Brilliner", Red Arrow lines
91911Montreal & Southern Counties Interurban/Suburban
101899Single-truck snowplow, Brooklyn
12191750-ton Baldwin-Westinghouse elec. loco., Cornwall, ex Utah&Idaho
841933Brill "Master Unit", Red Arrow lines
3881925Staten Island Rapid Transit
14031914Closed single-ended passenger car, Montreal
19721929Single-ended closed passenger car, Montreal
30001922Double-truck "Birney" style car, Connecticut
50021918Home-built 50-ton switcher, Montreal
97991899single-truck snow plow, Brooklyn
98321915single-truck sweeper, Brooklyn


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