Rio Open Car #1875

Open car 1875 has new shoes

July 24, 2004

Unlike many trolley museums which use current-collector wheels, we use carbon shoes, which slide along the trolley wire to collect electricity. Shoes are a regular maintenance item, and must be replaced before they wear down and allow the brass harp which holds them to contact the relatively soft copper wire of the overhead.

A volunteer gains some elevation to service the carbon shoe in open car 1875.

Month Year: 
July, 2004

Hardly ideal work conditions

May 10, 2003:

Though we are constantly trying to improve our facilities for car maintenance and restoration, sometimes we have to bite the bullet and do work when--and where--it's possible, even if it means out on the tracks. Taking proper safety precautions, a volunteer grabs the opportunity to install a new air filter on open car 1875 during one of the few times this very popular car is not in use.

Month Year: 
May, 2003

Gentlemen, mop your cars!

May 10, 2003:

With the start of operating season just around the corner, the Operations department dedicated this day to sprucing up cars. In this view the Assistant Operations Chairman takes mop in hand to clean platforms of open car 1875.

Month Year: 
May, 2003

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