Single-Truck, Semi-Convertible Enclosed Trolley
This semi-convertible, single-truck car was manufactured by Gomaco Trolley Company for display at the APTA International Public Transit Expo '93. The car is a shortened, single-truck version of the 4100 series car manufactured by the St. Louis and Laconia Car Company for the Bay State Railway in the early 1900s. Though not a replica of an actual car, accuracy to the time period and attention to detail were key factors in production of the car.
After the APTA Expo, this trolley car enjoyed a testing period in Dallas, Texas, and then found its home on the rails in Memphis, Tennessee.
Single-Truck, Semi-Convertible Enclosed Trolley Specifications
Car Numbers: #1979 - Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA).
Car Builder: Gomaco Trolley Company, Ida Grove, Iowa 51445.
Source of Running Equipment: Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board.
Running Equipment: MV 101 GE motors from Australia, 55 hp, 750 volts, air brakes, and CP27 compressor.
Controls: General Electric K35 controllers.
Length: 30 feet.
Width: 8.5 feet.
Height: 13 feet.
Weight (approximate): 24,400 pounds.
Balanced Speed: 30 mph.
Seating: 24 sitting, 22 standing (based on six people per square meter).
Total Crush Load: 46 (does not include operator).
Frame: New steel construction developed by Gomaco Trolley Company.
Windows: 6 per side.
Fittings, Solid Brass: New castings by Gomaco Trolley Company.
Woods: Window sash and interior trim and doors - cherry.
Outer woodwork - ash.
Headlining - birch veneer.
Floor - ply metal subfloor with grooved maple boards on wearing surfaces. Douglas fir under seats and ribbed rubber flooring on platforms.
Clerestory Glass: White glue glass on all sides.
Lights: Headlights - Incandescent dasher headlights with Fresnel lenses by Gomaco Trolley Company.
Interior lights - 11 incandescent bulbs.
Whistles: Ohio Brass three-tone air chime with WABCO valves.
Communication System: Conductor PA system.
E-Stops: Emergency stop button located in each operator station.
Steps: Permanent-mounted step at each of the four corner doors.
Signal Bell: Brass, made by Gomaco Trolley Company. A floor pedal to operate on each end of the car.
Brakes: Air-operated friction brakes.
Floor: Ply metal subfloor with grooved maple boards on wearing surfaces. Douglas fir under seats and ribbed rubber flooring on platforms.
Ceiling: 1/4 inch birch plywood, painted and hand pin striped.
Roof: Laminated plywood with fiberglass covering, and painted canvas cover.
Floor plan for the single-truck, semi-convertible enclosed trolley.