|Taylor Hi-Speed “A”||BLT NORysCo Canal Shops||1902-03||12 cars|
|Designed by E. J. Morris, MM of NORys — Edward J. Morris,
Home 3237 Magazine in 1903. In 1902 Div. Supt. NOCRRCo (2nd corp.), home
2817 Canal, same 1900. In 1898 Machinist, home 2220 Louisiana.
Cars intended for Esplanade Line. Planned late 1899. DP 6/6/02 — “12 50' bodies on blocks awaiting trucks”. DP 9/24/02 — 10 of these running on Canal Belt (companion line to Esplanade Belt). People preferred these cars for having TV seats and “one window per seat.” Open platform when BLT — P - S p. 136, scale drawing S p. 137. RB 1904-05 with train doors each end, one of only two types having them (see Barney & Smith/American DTDR p. r).
REN 1917 to 513-524. In 1918 nos. 519-524 de-mot. & conv. to trailers. See S p. 134 & section on trailers p. cc & S pp. 163-64. SCR: 513-517 gone by 1924. 523 & 524 destroyed in 1929 strike, P - N. 518 in 1931, 519-522 in 1932.
|046||ES 2/27/19, DAU 3/2/19 (wreck w/tr. 10 & 12)||053||DAU 10/1/19|
|048||CA 12/9/02, 12/13/05||055||CA - P - S p. 136 (must be 1902 at earliest)|
|049||CA 2/13/05, ES 8/13/07||056||CA 2/3/09, 2/15/09|
|052||CA 12/28/08, SF (as tr.) 11/26/18||057||CA 8/1/08|
|DTDR||01-020||34'0" OB||St. L. MCB Type 43
Truck order 5094
|St. Louis Car Co. |
|ON 257||30 Jan. 02||20 cars|
|DTDR||021-045||34'0" OB||St. L. MCB Type 43
Truck order 5129
|St. Louis Car Co. |
|ON 301||15 May 02||25 cars|
|DTDR||058-071||34'0" OB||St. L. MCB Type 43
Truck order 5143
|St. Louis Car Co. |
|ON 321||31 July 02||14 cars|
|DTDR||072-0137||34'0" OB||St. L. MCB Type 43
Truck order 5129
|St. Louis Car Co.||ON 301||15 May 02||66 cars|
|The great “palace cars”, acclaimed by riders and railway men
both, the work horse DT in N. O. until the Perley A. Thomas designed DTAR
types arrived. According to GO, original colors yellow & orange
(“wine” color). Originally hand brake open platform one trolley pole,
P - S p. 139. Robertson semi-convertible sys. (S p. 138).
Four rebuilds (see S p. 138): First beg. 1905 closed platforms & one sash platform windows. Second 2 trolley poles, Herr fenders (beg. ca. 1912), air op. doors, steel side sheathing (still showing St. Louis steel belt along side bottom), small end windows on side boarded. Third beg. 1918, 76-E2 trucks, one piece sheathing, steel belt elim. Providence Lifeguard fenders appear, Herr fend. slowly repl. Fourth RT with 77-E2 some cars, Tomlinson couplings — beginning 1923 — new dash — no riders provision — folding steps — upper sash added to platform windows.
Gleason Law prohibiting open platforms (on closed body cars, ok on opens) became effective 1/1/05; DP claims cost $100 per car, 7/24/04 p. 16. First car to be closed platform no. 05, L. F. Bouchereau, photog. N. O. Rys. began first RB before law effective.
075 supposedly destroyed in 1919 grade xing wreck — no info in papers! The fateful accident could have occurred as early as 1912.
BE indicates 11 palace cars RG for service on 4'8½" lines Jackson (N.) Claiborne — check serv. record, cars 019, 0108, 0114, 0119. P - N of one palace car in front Carrollton Station.
Fourth (final) RB 1923 (P - S p. 141 no. 613): cars 600-617, with 10 receiving 77-E2 Brill trucks, 6'4" WB, 4 mot. (Truck orders) Brill ON 21623 4 77-E2 20/9/22 & Brill ON 21751 16 77-E2 1/3/23. Rest got 76-E2 trucks. See S p. 138. Many 76-E2 trucks ordered for several groups new cars & older cars slated for RB & RT.
Addl. RT, 76-E2 for 618, 645-59, 662, 672 according to NOPSI. Probably more equipped with 76-E2 (see P in S p. 140, car 676). This is at least 19 more RT.
Three cars destroyed in 1929 strike: 679, 687, 696.
Cars made last runs Dec. 1934, scrapping program 1933-1935. According to NOPSI, cars SCR as follows:
|600-617||18 cars, 12 in 1934, 6 in 1935|
|618-723||106 cars, 3 in 1929 strike, 43 in 1933, 8 in 1934, 52 in 1935|
Standard-gauged Palace car 695 in front of Carrollton Station, circa 1920.
— Louis Hennick Collection of The Historic New Orleans Collection
Car 601 after the fourth and final RB, from a 1925 advertisement in the
Street Railway Journal. Signed for Spanish Fort, the car is pulling at least two
closed-side Rojo trailers of the 550-553 group (see page cc).
— Street Railway Journal, March 21, 1925, p. 8
|As can be seen in all these pictures, the Palace cars had six
horizontal bars across their windows. However, these were not sufficient
to prevent passengers from putting their arms through the bars and being injured,
especially along Esplanade Ave., where the tracks were very close together.
Very early, cars assigned to the Canal-Esplanade Belts were modified by having
the six bars raised, and wire mesh screens installed below them, effectively
covering the entire window with mesh or bars. The bars were far enough
apart, however, to allow hands and arms to reach out between bars, and injuries
continued to occur. Eventually, four additional bars were installed between
the lower four of the original bars, making it all but impossible for a passenger
to put limbs in harms way.
The upper photo shows car 660 in the summer of 1929 on N. Rampart, assigned to the St. Claude line, crossing Esplanade. It has the original configuration of the six bars.
For a good picture of the first modification, with the wire mesh below and the original six bars above, see the photo of car 701 in S p. 141.
The second modification is seen in this photo of car 684, taken the same day as the above picture of 660. Car 684 is on the Canal Belt line, turning from Esplanade into N. Rampart, heading for Canal Street. The car has the final configuration, with four added bars between the lower four of the original six. — Cars 660 and 684 by Teunisson Photo, courtesy Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans
|On July 1, 1929, NOPSI carmen struck the company and shut down service on all lines. On July 5, NOPSI tried to resume service. Car 696 was sent out on Canal Street loaded with strike breakers and police. Despite rock throwing and gunshots, the car made its way to the foot of Canal Street, where the rioters managed to disable it by simply pulling down both trolley poles. After an unsuccessful attempt to push the car over on its side, the rioters set it on fire, as seen in these two photographs. The upper picture is an example of the extent to which some newspaper editors went in those days to enhance the photos they published. The original print shows where white ink has been carefully applied to outline the policeman and his horse, and to highlight the end windows of the burning streetcar. But most significantly, all the smoke we see billowing from the fire in that picture appears to have been applied to the photo; it even extends into the white margins of the print, and there are fingerprints in it. This does not necessarily mean that the depiction in the photo is inaccurate. The second photo does not appear to have been similarly “enhanced.” — N.E.A. photo (upper), P&A Photos (lower), both collection of George Friedman|
|01||ES 10/6/06, 9/1/09||017||PR 1/9/03, ES 8/25/05|
|03||AN 6/9/03, 10/6/03, CDT 1/5/09, ES 12/23/06||018||ES 5/29/04, 2/15/12|
|04||PR 10/21/02, ES 2/17/03, 3/14/04, CA 1/2/09||019||ES 2/19/09. CA 1/12/10, NCLA 2/3/14|
|05||CA 9/24/05, ES 5/29/07, 6/12/07, 12/18/08, 2/16/10||020||ES 7/9/06|
|07||ES 3/15/19||021||NA 12/3/09, DAU 4/27/10, 8/24/11|
|08||CA 6/30/02||023||AN 4/7/04, 10/11/04, 10/25/04, 11/22/09|
|09||PR 12/8/02, ES 4/16/03, 12/20/03, 12/27/04, 3/3/07, 12/12/10, CA 12/12/14||024||AN 11/11/05, MG 9/12/03|
|010||ES 12/30/09||025||AN 3/22/05, DAU 10/6/14|
|011||ES 10/13/10, 12/5/11, 9/21/16||026||AN 1/9/04, MG 4/13/10, DAU 1/19/16, 11/19/16|
|012||CA 2/13/05, 11/16/06, 7/16/17, 8/8/19||027||AN 12/29/03, 7/4/04, 6/13/05|
|013||ES 7/13/03, 7/28/03, 6/8/08, 2/23/09||028||MG 12/4/03, CA 1/19/12|
|014||PR 1/19/03, ES 7/26/03, CA 2/13/05||029||MG 6/7/03, 6/23/03, AN 9/25/03|
|015||ES 7/25/03||030||COL 2/8/10|
|016||ES 8/23/06, CA 2/19/09||031||COL 4/11/04, MG 5/4/04, DAU 12/3/18|
Text copyright © 2008, 2009 Louis C. Hennick. Pictures copyright © 2009 by the persons credited. Picture captions copyright © 2009 Louis C. Hennick and H. George Friedman, Jr. All rights reserved.
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