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 Post subject: Birney Bus Conversion
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:32 am 

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Help me figure out what I am seeing in this flicker photo. Has someone converted this car into a bus?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aniko_attila/tags/trolley/

This doesn't show up on the PNAERC database. Anybody know anything?

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 Post subject: Re: Birney Bus Conversion
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:13 am 

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While I don't believe this is one, St. Louis Car Co. did make a "Birney Bus" that I do not think was sucessful. It looked like a Birney car on bus wheels.

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 Post subject: Re: Birney Bus Conversion
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:43 am 

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Andy Nold wrote:
This doesn't show up on the PNAERC database. Anybody know anything?


The car in question is Utah Rapid Transit 66, built by American Car Company in 1919 on order #1221 for service in Ogden and retired around 1936. When the Trolley Square Mall was developed, I think in the early 1970's, this was one of the cars that was "adapted" for the developer's purposes - in this case, apparently it was rebuilt into a bus. What its exact use was I'm not sure, but when Trolley Square divested itself of the various streetcar bodies it was using this one evidently wound up in someone's backyard. It's not currently on the PNAERC list because it's not really preserved; it looks more like your typical abandoned motor home that just hasn't been disposed of yet. The western trolley museums are aware of it but there's not all that much original material left.

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