Posts Tagged ‘Historic transit cars’

Trolleyville Two for Tuesday

October 27, 2020

This week’s two for Tuesday is a look back at Shaker Heights Rapid Transit car No.303 during its time at Trolleyville USA in Olmsted Township on Cleveland’s suburban west side.

No. 303 was originally an Aurora Elgin & Fox River car. It is shown taking passengers around Trolleyville in the 1960s/early 1970s.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Remembering the Shaker Heights Rapid

February 9, 2020

For many Clevelanders what has been for many year the Greater Cleveland Transit Authority rail lines to Shaker Heights will always be known as the Shaker Rapid.

At one time it was formally known as Shaker Heights Rapid Transit but today it is either the Green Line or Blue Line of RTA.

The top photograph was made in the late 1960s or early 1970s and shows Shaker Rapid car 46 at the Shaker Square station in Cleveland.

The next two photographs were made at the end of the Van Aken line in Shaker Heights.

The images were made in the same time period as the top image.

Car 74 at the far left has its doors open for inbound riders. Looking from the left you can see cars 74, 45, 65, 48, 84, and 77.

In the next image, Car 48 can be seen at the end of what is today the Blue Line.

The staging yard shown in these images has since been removed and there are now just three tracks at the end of the Blue Line just short of the intersection of Van Aken and Warrensville Road.

The location of the bottom image was not specified by the photographer, but it appears to be a westbound car headed for downtown Cleveland just west of the Shaker Square station.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

NORM to get 3 Historic Cleveland Transit Cars

August 1, 2013

The Northern Ohio Railway Museum at Chippewa Lake will receive three historic transit cars from the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

The Cleveland RTA board authorized the donation after the museum agreed to accept the responsibility of stewardship of the cars. The fleet includes:

• Shaker Heights Rapid Transit center entrance car No 12

• Cleveland Transit System Rapid Transit car No. 109, restored in 1990 by RTA

• Cleveland Transit System Line car No. 024, rebuilt in 1960 from Shaker Heights Rapid Transit car No. 17.

The museum will also responsible for moving the cars, an operation expected to cost between $3,000 and $7,000 per car.

The museum is seeking donations to help pay for the moving expenses.

NORM owns 42 acres of land in southern Medina County, including two miles of the former Cleveland & Southwestern interurban railway.

It has built more than a mile of track and has three large buildings to house its collection of trolleys, interurbans, and rapid transit cars, most from northern Ohio.

Contributions can be made to the Northern Ohio Railway Museum noting “RTA Historical Rail Car Fund” on the check memo line and sent to the museum at P.O. Box 458, Chippewa Lake, OH 44215. For more information, go to