Bamberger-Railroad-127

High-Speed Interurban
Bamberger-Railroad-127
Car Specs
Car Number: 
127
Type: 
SE DT Interurban
Builder: 
Brill
Built / Retired: 
1932
Construction: 
aluminum
Notes: 
"Bullet", Utah

One of five cars built in 1931 for the Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Railroad, a 33-mile line between Gloversville and Schenectady, New York. This light-weight electric interurban car is built almost entirely of aluminum and had a top speed of 75 m.p.h.  The streamlined carbody was developed with the aid of wind-tunnel testing, earning the design its “Bullet Car” nickname. All five cars were resold in 1939 to the Bamberger Railroad for service between Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah, where they served until 1953.

After being retired from railroad service, many railcars were sold to the public as cheap “pre-fab” buildings. This car, for example, was used for 19 years by the Utah Pickle Company as housing for field laborers. It was acquired by the museum in 1972 as a body only. In order to make the car complete again, we must recreate the missing mechanical components from parts acquired elsewhere. Fortunately, the Pickle Company took good care of the body, and save for removing the seats, did not perform any major structural modifications. The car was repainted in 1997, and its mechanical systems are gradually being restored. 

Links

http://donross.railspot.com/dr246.htm

http://www.utahrails.net/utahrails/bamberger.php

http://historytogo.utah.gov/people/simonbamberger.html

 

Video of the last days of trolley operation on the Bamberger by motorman Gordon Cardall
More Images
127 being repainted in 1997
127 being repainted in 1997
Sister car 125 in service, late 1940s,  photographer unknown
Sister car 125 in service, late 1940s, photographer unknown
Sister car 125 at the Salt Lake City terminal
Sister car 125 at the Salt Lake City terminal
In 2007 the car received an indoor home, and in June 2009 the hand-painted car n
In 2007 the car received an indoor home, and in June 2009 the hand-painted car numbers were applied, further improving its appearance.
In 2007 the car received an indoor home, and in June 2009 the hand-painted car n
In 2007 the car received an indoor home, and in June 2009 the hand-painted car numbers were applied, further improving its appearance.
Bullet car interior on the FJ&G
Bullet car interior on the FJ&G
Car 127 is seen in this view suspended above its trucks on a set of hoists.
Car 127 is seen in this view suspended above its trucks on a set of hoists.
Here are some of the OERM volunteers that assembled truck #2 for car 127.
Here are some of the OERM volunteers that assembled truck #2 for car 127.

Additional Images

127 takes a trip around the wye and is placed inside the Abbenseth Carhouse for
127 takes a trip around the wye and is placed inside the Abbenseth Carhouse for display, July 2007
127 takes a trip around the wye and is placed inside the Abbenseth Carhouse for
127 takes a trip around the wye and is placed inside the Abbenseth Carhouse for display, July 2007
Andy McGinnis drawing
Andy McGinnis drawing
127 in Johnstown New York, 1930s
127 in Johnstown New York, 1930s
127 takes a trip around the wye and is placed inside the Abbenseth Carhouse for
127 takes a trip around the wye and is placed inside the Abbenseth Carhouse for display, July 2007
In January 2004, Car 127 received its second "new" truck. Here the car is being
In January 2004, Car 127 received its second "new" truck. Here the car is being towed out of the carhouse after receiving its second truck.

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