Our second trolley car from Johnstown ran in that city from the time it was built until the system in Johnstown was abandoned. Car #355 is a comfortable car built by the St. Louis Car Co. in 1925. The St. Louis Car Co. was known as the “Quality Shops,” where trolleys, rapid transit cars, and even airplanes were built for nearly 90 years, with production finally ceasing in 1973. Car #355 now has controls at both ends of the car, although it was built with controls at one end only. It is typical of the many lightweight cars built in this time period. Trolley #355 has a safety air brake system similar to that on Johnstown Trolley Car #311, which permitted the car to be operated with a crew of one. If the motorman became disabled while the car was in motion, the safety air brake system would automatically stop the car. This type of air brake system saved the transit company many salaries, as it allowed only one person to both operate the car and collect fares. Instead of paying a roving conductor, passengers paid their fares when they boarded or left the car.
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Johnstown 355 Receives Final Inspection
On Friday, June 23rd, 2006, our volunteers performed an official 'final inspection' of Johnstown 355 at the contractor's shop and approved its restoration.
A dilapidated Johnstown 355 on Washington St in Johnstown in 1960, not long before its arrival at our museum.
Photo: B RohrbeckJune, 1960