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Side view of 2633 on the shop ready line at Roseville shows unique design of the compromise roof and the 14 windows of the 2600, 2700-2750 and 3225-3249 cars (later rebuilt as 2751-2775). Cars 3250-3282 were equipped for train control in Camden and were shorter, with 13 windows, for use on law-radius curves in Camden and train operation. (Train operation was the term used for coupling two or more trolleys together and operating them as a single unit, or train, during periods of high traffic. This configuration was seldom in actual use in either the Southern or Northern divisions because, as it developed, schedule delays were significant and timely loading and unloading passengers difficult.)

The simplicity of this design made for low operating costs and easy passenger control, with few pull-ins (emergency tow-ins to the shop due to equipment failures on the line). Cars with longitudinal seating (one 36' seat against each wall, with passengers facing each other across the aisle) were built for wartime service conditions. They could seat 54 passengers comfortably, but in maximum service conditions easily carried 150 or more, with shoulder-to-shoulder standees. After many of the cars were rebuilt to single-end operation after the first war, added capacity of the empty rear platforms added yet another 10 or 15 passengers, or a service capacity of more than 24,750 pounds, in a vehicle with an empty operating weight of 22 tons.

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Wartime car transfers in 1943 and 1944 were strictly utilitarian. The air compressor tank and the lifeguards were carried inside the car body along with crossties for loading and unloading. Note the original leather strap handles in this interior view of 2633.

 

This view from the opposite end of 2633 after its arrival at the Roseville yard for rehab work and restoration to service shows the littered interior and the seats stripped of the rotting rattan cushions, which were later replaced with hard varnished wooden slat seats of dubious comfort. The highly varnished wooden seats meant that passengers sometimes slid several feet forward with fast stops.

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