Iowa Terminal #3

Sweeper #3 when it was new and posed with workmen on predecessor company Mason City & Clear Lake Railroad Company

Rockhill Trolley Museum Photo

Note the fancy trimwork painted on the sides. Also note the repeater gong had not yet been installed, nor a permanent headlight. The pole is not in its base, probably because the car shipped without it. Unfortunately, no date or photographer noted, but the photo likely dates near to the year it was built: 1911.

Month Year: 
December, 1911

NEWS FLASH: Rockhill Trolley Museum acquires Iowa Terminal #3

Click Here for a copy of the Official Press Release (14kb PDF)

For more information about Iowa Terminal #3, please visit its roster page.

The Rockhill Trolley Museum is happy to announce its participation in an inter-museum exchange of historic vehicles and components among itself and the Branford Electric Railway Association and the National Capital Trolley Museum.

Marking 50 years since the end of streetcar operation in Washington, DC., the Rockhill Trolley Museum has deaccessioned and transferred ownership of 1899 vintage former DC Transit snow sweeper car #09 to the National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, MD.

The acquisition of car #09 helps National Capital Trolley Museum replace sister car #07 which was lost forever after the museum suffered a tragic fire on September 28, 2003. Car #09 last swept snow at Rockhill Trolley Museum in 2000.

In exchange for its transfer of ownership of car #09 to National Capital Trolley Museum, Rockhill Trolley Museum acquires former Iowa Terminal Railroad 1911 vintage snow sweeper #3 as well as a pair of Brill trucks suitable for use under 1895 vintage former Valley Railways car #12. Acquisition of suitable trucks for this car accomplishes a long-sought goal for the museum and moves this car closer to restoration as an operating exhibit.

Iowa Terminal Railroad #3 was cosmetically restored and made operable again by the Branford Electric Railway Association under contract to the National Capital Trolley Museum in an effort to help the museum recover after its tragic 2003 fire. Cars similar to #3 operated in several central Pennsylvania cities including Altoona, Harrisburg, and Johnstown.

Month Year: 
March, 2012