Pictures 20 and 21.

The motorman's controls at one of end of car 453.  There is an identical set of controls at the other end, so that in service, the car never needed to be turned around.  To reverse direction, the conductor and motorman simply exchanged positions, changed trolley poles (the working trolley pole is always the one trailing the car), reversed the passenger seats, and the car was ready to go.  The upper picture gives a view of the motorman's controller, at the left, and the air brake handle, at the right.  Note the adjustable stool, which was all the motorman and the conductor had to sit on for most of the day.  The lower picture gives a good view of the controller.  Rotating the handle clockwise speeds up the car, counter-clockwise shuts off the current.  It is seen in the position for maximum speed.  In actual service, there is one item missing: in the lower picture, there would be a removable handle attached to the stud at the lower right.  This handle could select three positions: forward, neutral, and reverse, so it was referred to as the reversing lever or simply as the key.  The key can be removed only in the neutral position, and in that position, the controller handle cannot be moved out of the shut-off position.  A motorman moving away from his post is well advised to remove the key and take it with him, so that no one else can start the car in his absence. Photos by author Hampton

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