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128a Riley

128b Haeder

Patrick Riley, with a brogue right out of the ould sod, was a veteran of the Swamp Road line, abandoned in 1926. He spun fascinating tales of the "trolley cars that swam like fishes in the sea"&emdash;references to frequent spring floods that eventually put the Swamp Road line, true to its name, out of business. Riley wore outrageous scarlet galluses under his vest, and when he felt like goading Orange line inspectors, would display them publicly.

Charley Haeder worked just about every Essex division line at one time or another. A source of inexhaustable love, he knew everyone and was universally liked. At the sight of a camera, as is shown in several photos in this collection, if traffic conditions permitted, he would open the car doors, leave the controls, and lean out the door, giving a warm, "Howdy" wave as the car moved slowly along the street. Bystanders could only gape.

 

Bill Van Ness presided over the final moments of hundreds of PSNJ trolley cars, as foreman of the Passaic Wharf Scrap yards. Shy and reclusive on the surface, he became warm and engaging in the confines of his yard office, formerly North Jersey rapid Transit Jewett No. 16 (shown above). An old scarred blue porcelain coffee pot was always full, set on an electric stove. Furniture consisted of an antique metal deska nd three double leather seats pulled from a scrapped deluxe 2200. Best coffee in town!

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