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Our Next Program:

Friday, February 27, 2015
1900 hrs / 7:00pm
University Center (Map)

Pittsburgh Area Traction

Annual Meeting

We will visit and view traction operations in the Pittsburgh area. Electric traction in Pennsylvania proved to be an enduring institution, with many lines surviving into the 1950s. Even today, we can still ride electric cars in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas.

Two DVDs will be shows, with footage transferred from movies. Pittsburgh Railways 16 mm color footage from 1951 to 1963, features interurbans, suburban, and city lines back in a time when it seemed that streetcars could be found everywhere in Pittsburgh. A combination of PCC cars and older equipment will make this trip back into the past an enjoyable experience.

West Penn Railways features Greensburg to Uniontown main line and the branch to Latrobe. Tight curves, spectacular bridges, and steep grades were all part of the West Penn experience that made is so memorable.

The Annual Meeting will take place between showing of the two DVDs. Three candidates will be elected to the Board of Directors, and administrative reports will be presented.

B-146 Update: We cannot announce a publication date at this time.