50's G.E.Video with MTA Streetcars and Trackless

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50's G.E.Video with MTA Streetcars and Trackless

Postby 3rdrail » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:45 pm

Here's a neat little traction video. It's got a potpourii of transit operations including the MTA (Chestnut Hill Ave/Comm and a TT out of Harvard Sq.). It's one of the few colored videos that you find from this era. Takes a couple of minutes to load.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... 3-RB6Phlg#!
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Re: 50's G.E.Video with MTA Streetcars and Trackless

Postby Teamdriver » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:26 am

Sweet, altho at the beginning I thought it was ' Leave it to Beaver '. All those old cars would be worth gazillions now. Was there a clip from Cleveland Circle there too ?
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Re: 50's G.E.Video with MTA Streetcars and Trackless

Postby jaymac » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:26 am

Dag! PCCs, TTs, and Mr. Magoo animation! I almost feel young again!
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Re: 50's G.E.Video with MTA Streetcars and Trackless

Postby 3rdrail » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:34 am

Boy, in retrospect, did they have it right ! It's interesting that GE put out this video (mid to late 50's) just after it was found that GM had committed massive anti-trust (up to 1950) which had the end result of removing much of the electric transit seen in this video. I only saw those two Boston locations, Kev, even after watching it again. Man, those Detroit St. Louis Car Co. tracklesses (#9102) were handsome cars !
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Re: 50's G.E.Video with MTA Streetcars and Trackless

Postby jaymac » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:06 pm

EMC originally used GE traction motors, and supposedly EMD traction motors were just-skirting-patent-violation clones, so even before GE got into producing road diesels, there was at least some residual ill will twixt the two Generals.
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Re: 50's G.E.Video with MTA Streetcars and Trackless

Postby Teamdriver » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:51 pm

My Rail , @ 9:09 there is a trolley pulling out to the streeton a right turn , kinda looks like Cleveland Circle to me ( Beacon street @ Mary Ann's ).........
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Re: 50's G.E.Video with MTA Streetcars and Trackless

Postby 3rdrail » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:43 pm

Definitely not Boston, Kev. The car is painted for General Motors' National City Lines ("fruit salad"), so it's one of theirs - El Paso, San Diego, L.A., etc.
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Re: 50's G.E.Video with MTA Streetcars and Trackless

Postby Teamdriver » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:45 pm

Guess i was thinking of Mary Ann's and not concentrating
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Re: 50's G.E.Video with MTA Streetcars and Trackless

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:19 pm

3rdrail wrote:Definitely not Boston, Kev. The car is painted for General Motors' National City Lines ("fruit salad"), so it's one of theirs - El Paso, San Diego, L.A., etc.

Right -- it's Los Angeles Transit Lines, and looks like the west end of Route P, which was the only line that regularly used standee-window PCC's. Thanks for posting that -- loved the Shaker Heights footage, too. And that, at least, is still in operation!
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