BALTIMORE STREETCAR MUSEUM'S NJT #26
MAKES A SHORT "RUN"
Story and Pictures by Charlie Plantholt
On Saturday, June 21, 2014, the Baltimore
Streetcar Museum's NJT #26 made a short appearance on the Museum's right-of-way on
its own power, albeit briefly. Ed Amrhein, Mark Hurley, John La Costa (as
Dispatcher), Justin Thillman and your writer were on hand at the Museum to make
a trial run of the car.
Before moving the car, Justin rewired the motors so that the car went forward with the reverser in the "forward position." The plan was to test braking capabilities. About 8:40 A.M., all was ready.
|Lights are on. We are ready to go. Justin was the operator.|
We moved out slowly, checking to see if the
dynamic brakes were functioning.
Justine seemed to think they were not. As we passed the loop switch, Ed and
Justine heard something pop. Something was burning, so Justine coasted to
Glen Edwards Avenue thus ending the first powered trip of #26 at 8:45 AM.
Ed, Mark and Justin decided to get car #1164 and
push the car around the 28th
Street Loop so that the car would be facing south for further work in the car
barn. Car #1164 was up to the task and pushed NJT #26 to 28th Street and back to
track #3 for future work. Mark Hurley took control of 1164; Ed Amhrein
supervised; Justin rode #26 on its first round trip,
and I acted as conductor on #1164 and took photos.
The next 2 photos show #26 rounding the curves at 28th St. loop. It was now 9:01 A.M.
Ed watches carefully as 1164 pushes #26 back to
John had aligned the switches for us.
also watching #1164 as it rounds the curves to
be sure that #1164 did not derail.
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