Philly PTC Trolley Loops

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phillyrube
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Philly PTC Trolley Loops

Post by phillyrube » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:16 am

Going back, I remember the turnarounds at Carpenter and Wayne Ave (there are still tracks seen), Ogontz Ave, Mermaid Lane, and Willow Grove Park. Something that sticks in my mind are the floodlights they used at night. Large metal reflector with 4 bulbs in it. Anyone seen anything like that? I'm a fan of the old streetlights and porcelain lamp reflectors, green, red, white, the rare blue. My parents fist apartment was at Carpenter and Greene, and I remember walking up there. Used to be a horse stable on Carpenter. I had to be about 4 or so, then the parents made the escape to Hatboro.

The old Rt 6 ran down Limekiln Pike and made a right turn where Cheltenham High School now sits. Anyone remember the warning lights when the trolley crossed the northbound lanes. 4 flashing blue lights comes to mind.

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Re: Philly PTC Trolley Loops

Post by ohioriverrailway » Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:01 pm

It would be 5 bulbs......600 volts/5=120 volts...or a standard bulb.
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Re: Philly PTC Trolley Loops

Post by phillyrube » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:30 pm

So the bulbs would be wired in series. with power from the trolley overhead?

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Re: Philly PTC Trolley Loops

Post by JimBoylan » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:55 am

phillyrube wrote:So the bulbs would be wired in series. with power from the trolley overhead?
You got it, but they would be special Street Railway bulbs.

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Re: Philly PTC Trolley Loops

Post by phillyrube » Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:51 pm

Found a guy who has two for sale on ebay. A bit pricey. Has good photos showing the series wiring, converted to parallel:

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Came out of 69th Street.
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Re: Philly PTC Trolley Loops

Post by JimBoylan » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:18 am

I've the blueprints for almost all of the PTC trolley loops. Can someone help me scan them for posting here?

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