Tampa Streetcar Fest 2004 - All Aboard! - Page 2









Car # 428 is sponsored by SunTrust Bank.  It's named "Shirley's Car" in memory of the late civic booster, well-known banker and community activist Shirley Ryals who died in 2000. 

Shirley's passengers are greeted by this bright smile as they drop a nickel into the fare collection box.

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) purchased eight historic replica streetcars from the Gomaco Trolley Company of Ida Grove, Iowa. Designed to HARTís specifications, the cars closely resemble the double-truck Birney cars operated in Tampa during the 1920s, the cityís heyday of streetcar service. (From the TECOLine website at:  http://www.tecolinestreetcar.org/about/about_vehicles.html )




Passengers are ready to ride on this replica of the early streetcars.

The replicas are brand new, the only ones of their kind--factory built with overhead

air-conditioning system.  


Old meets new.

Old-time advertisements

face modern climate control.


Streetcar Features:


Each vehicle is 46-feet long, 8-feet 6-inches wide. The vehicles are steel-framed with double four-wheeled trucks and four 25-hp GE traction motors mounted on Peter Witt-style trucks from ATM of Milan, Italy.

The streetcars operate on 600 volts of direct current provided by an overhead power distribution system. Each vehicle weighs 46,000 pounds and has a maximum operating speed of 30 mph. The capacity of each vehicle is 44 seated, with room for 40 standing passengers.  (From the TECOLine website at:  http://www.tecolinestreetcar.org/about/about_vehicles.html )










The bell cord cables are actually connected to a working bell.










The equipment on the left is the "gas" and the shifter.

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