City of Philadelphia/SEPTA 606

Trolley Display Building, 2005 (John Smatlak photo)  
Car Number 606 Car Builder The Budd Company
Year Built 1960 Year Acquired 1998
Type DE Rapid Transit Seats 54
Length 55'0" Width 9'1"
Height 12'1" Weight 51,500 lbs (26 tons)
Motors WH 1454 Status on display as seen above

America's largest cities employ subways and elevated railways to get transit vehicles off the streets and provide true rapid transit.  Philadelphia's Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated line was such a facility, built in stages between 1903 and 1922.

Car 606 is one of the stainless steel cars built in 1960 to replace all of the original equipment, and was owned throughout its service life by the City of Philadelphia, which donated the car to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in 1998.

Click on the thumbnails below for larger photos (will open in new window):

Interior of 606
Motorman's controls in 606
Train during testing in 1960 Article on the introduction of the new cars to the Market-Frankford line

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