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The Museum's Historic Fleet

Click on the car numbers below for
more information on each transit
vehicle in our fleet.
Trolley
Num.DescriptionYear
3 Oslo Norway tram 1897
1504 Brussels Belgium tram 1910
79 Gothenburg Sweden tram 1912
358 Johnstown PA car 1925
1000Brooklyn Clark PCC 1936
3204 Boston MBTA PCC 1946
3584Hamburg Germany tram 1952
Subway & Rapid Transit
Num.DescriptionYear
1602ABMT Q car 1907
5600 IRT Lo-V car 1925
825 IND R-4 car 1932
6398BMT R-16 car 1955
143PATH PA11965
F401IND flat car1931
Railroad
Num.DescriptionYear
120 Brill Model 55 interurban 1929
9 65-ton Whitcomb diesel 1943

Besides the historic trolley and subway cars listed in the roster to the right, the Trolley Museum of New York also has collections of photographs, postcards, books and other artifacts. The highlights of these collections are often featured exhibits in our Visitors Center.

A partial list of items currently on display: caps and badges, tokens, pre WWII toy trolleys, a subway turnstyle, subway and trolley operating handles, electrical insulators and signal lanterns.

Google our collections!

The volunteers are still in the process of cataloging the museum's collection of photographs and other artifacts. However, what has been cataloged so far is summarized below. These lists are designed to be web searchable so people researching subjects related to our collections will find them easily.

Mystery photos

There are a number of photographs in the museum collection that are un­labeled. This page is a way for all you rail and traction experts out there to help me identify them!

If you know anything about these pictures or their location, please let me know so I can update the museum records. Thanks!

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Another fan trip with no information. Looks like a Baltimore car to me.
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #6666
 
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A spectacular wreck with no information whatsoever.
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #6641
 
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This would seem to be a fan charter, but the photo is unlabeled. Possibly Philadelphia?
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #4560
 
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Note the nicely bricked street and the palm trees. I can discern no markings on the trolley.
2/23/03 Earl W. Clark Jr. suggests the car is in St. Petersburg FL.
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #5055
 
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This might be a former Philadelphia Suburban horsecar now in Grand Rapids Mich. Can anyone confirm this?
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #2124

Identified photos

These were mysteries, but thanks to our diligent readers, they have been identified:

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This is a close up of a curious automobile, identified as an Auburn Boattail Sportster.
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #5834
 
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Xian Clere identified this as Northern Ohio Traction & Light No. 1500 shortly after arrival at the Connecticut Trolley Museum.
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #6632
 
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A Montreal Transportation Commission car derailed at the tunnel entrance.
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #2195
 
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This is the "Chicago Fire" set in Freedomland USA (a short-lived amusement park in the Bronx, NY)
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #486
 
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From John Swindler: A nice aerial view of Harrisburg PA, the trolley intersection is at Market and North 2nd Streets.
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #269

Favorites

Here are five of Evan's favorite photos in the TMNY collection. Evan has been heading the archives at TMNY for over fifteen years and has personally cataloged thousands of items. His favorate photos are usually ones that show the trolley as part of the everyday life of those who depended on it for daily transportation or otherwise capture a special moment.

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Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #5629

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Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #5384

fav3
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #4849

fav4
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #305

fav5
Photo credit: TMNY Collection, catalog #6547