Oporto #249

Oporto #249

Rockhill Trolley Museum Photo

The J.G. Brill Co., located in southwest Philadelphia, was the world's largest and most famous trolley car builder. Brill built car #249 in 1904 and exported it to Oporto, Portugal for service. It was originally built as an open platform car. For some of its life, the car was used an a trailer car without motors and needed a motorized car to pull it! It has an uncommon seating arrangement, with two seats on one side and one seat on the other. The resulting narrow width made it easier for the compact car to wind through Oporto's narrow streets. It is the only car in our collection with maxi-traction trucks, which have two different wheel sizes.

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How many trolley fans does it take to change a light bulb?

May 15, 2004

It may be hard to believe we'd get excited over something that sounds as dull as replacing light bulbs, but we do! There is a reason, however. One of our members has donated a large quantity of very special bulbs. These bulbs are reproductions of ornate clear bulbs used in these cars when they were built. The bulbs are a neat addition to the interior detail of our cars.

Volunteers replace damaged light sockets during the 'Great Light Bulb Swap'. The car here is Oporto 249, which just happens to be turning 100 years old!

May 2004

What do you give a centenarian?

May 15, 2004

Most of us will never worry about birthday presents for a 100-year-old, but those of us at Rockhill Trolley Museum are now. Oporto trolley 249 was built in Philadelphia an even century ago. As part of the celebration, we are showing some of our respect for the car. Look for ongoing improvements as our busy work schedule permits. If you can use a paint brush, we'd be happy to have your help on this project!

As part of cosmetic improvements, a volunteer prepares the platforms for the first new paint in many, many years.

May 2004

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