LATL-9350

"Tower Car"
John Smatlak photo
Car Specs
Car Number: 
9350
Type: 
Tower Car
Builder: 
LARy
Built / Retired: 
1907 - 1963
Notes: 
operational

In its heyday, the Los Angeles Railway had over 250 route-miles of track and overhead trolley wire. Special maintenance vehicles,  which did not carry passengers, were built were built to help service the sprawling system. This car was used to work on the overhead trolley wire; the apparatus on the roof is a movable platform, from which workers had easy access to the trolley wire. The platform, or “tower”, is raised and lowered manually by inserting a hand crank in one of the small ratchet wheels on either side of the car.

This long-lived car was built in 1907 in the LA Railway’s own shops and remained in service until the end of streetcar operations in 1963. The beautiful exterior paint job was completed in April 1995 by Museum volunteer Bill Wisneski, while the interior appears pretty much as it did during its final years of service in Los Angeles . The 9350 is used regularly for maintenance of the Museum’s overhead trolley wire.

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Additional Images

9350 on the Museum Railway. John Smatlak photo
9350 on the Museum Railway. John Smatlak photo
9350 on the Museum Railway. John Smatlak photo
9350 on the Museum Railway. John Smatlak photo
9350 on the Museum Railway. John Smatlak photo
9350 on the Museum Railway. John Smatlak photo
9350 at work, 1st & Vermont, April 14, 1944. Jim Spencer photo, ERHA-SC Ray Youn
9350 at work, 1st & Vermont, April 14, 1944. Jim Spencer photo, ERHA-SC Ray Younghans Collection at OERM.
1st and Los Angeles Streets. Bob McVay photo
1st and Los Angeles Streets. Bob McVay photo
9350 at work, ERHA-SC Ray Younghans Collection at OERM.
9350 at work, ERHA-SC Ray Younghans Collection at OERM.

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