Birney Car Post Cards from the R.J. Birney Collection

POST CARD #1

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Branford Trolley Museum
East Haven, Connecticut

Carefully restored to like-new condition, Birney trolley No. 2350 proudly poses for her portrait.
Four-wheel cars like this were used widely on lightly traveled routes, particularly in small cities.
This and many other trolleys may be seen at the Branford Trolley Museum.

Schedule of Trolley Operation for Visitors:

July and August – daily; June – Sat. & Sun.; April, May, Sept., Oct.,
Nov., - Sunday afternoons


























Ektachrome by John Stern

Pub. By John Stern, 300 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, N.Y.

Made by: Dexter Press, Inc.
West Nyack, New York

POST CARD #2

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The First Car to Enter Bustleton ‘Nov. 1922’
























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POST CARD #3

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CONESTOGA TRACTION 221

A typical scene of the early 1940’s. Here and there some of the smaller U.S. city transit companiesstill used
the ever popular Birney car. This one was one of a fleet of 40 produced in 1923. The scene is in front of the
Lancaster, PA. Court House at the corner of King & Duke Sts.
April 15, 1942.

Photo: N.D. Clark Collection
Published by Audio Visual Designs, P.O. Box 24, Earlton, N.Y. 12058

POST CARD #4

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CONNECTICUT ELECTRIC RAILWAY TROLLEY MUSEUM

Route 140 – Warehouse Point, Connecticut
LIGHTWEIGHT CAR No. 3001, BUILT 1922
CONNECTICUT COMPANY

This car originally served the Torrington-Winsted lines and still operates for the public
every Holiday and Sunday from April through November at the Trolley Museum.

Colorfoto Bill Forcht
Published by NATCO, National Color Cards Co., Ridgefield Park, New Jersey

MADE BY: Dexter Press, Inc.
POST CARD #5

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Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris

“Pacific Electric “Red Car” No. 331 is a “Birney Safety Car,” built to a standard, labor-saving design
in 1918 and offing a bouncy ride to patrons. Here, it takes passengers for a demonstration of living
history – a ride at the Orange Empire Railway Museum.”

Photo: Don Brown
Card published by Mike Roberts, Oakland, CA 94623
POST CARD #6

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RAILWAYS TO YESTERDAY
ROCKHILL FURNACE, PENNSYLVANIA

Trolley Car #311 (From Johnstown Traction Company – Pennsylvania), was the last double truck
Birney Safety Car operated in the United States. This Car, now operating in conjunction with the
EAST BROUD TOP RAILROAD, is located on U.S. Highway #522 just north of Pennsylvania Turnpike
(Willow Hill and Ft. Littleton Exits) and south of U.S. Highway #22
Photo by: J.J. Kelly

Published by: Creative Graphics, Altoona, PA 16601
Card made by: DEXTER PRESS, Inc. West Nyack, New York
POST CARD #7

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San Jose Railroad’s Trolley Car 143

Trolley Car 143 at the San Jose Historical Museum.
This car ran in Fresno as no. 68. Restored for operation as San Jose R.R. 143. This was the
number of a duplicate car that ran in San Jose from 1920 til 1938”.
Photo Courtesy: Fred Bennett
POST CARD #8

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Single End, Single-truck Birney Car Used on Seattle Division, car # 142 on Summit Ave
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POST CARD #9

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BIRNEY STREET CAR
Provincial Museum
Heritage Court
Victoria, British Columbia

The Electric streetcar on display outside of the Provincial Museum was restored by employees
of the museum. These cars were known as the Birney Cars, because of their size they were
called match boxes. They traveled the streets of Victoria in the early days and right on
up through the forties.
Published by Majestic Post Cards
Post Card #10

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Single-Truck Birney Car 1508 of the Virginia Electric & Power Co.

Cars of this type served Richmond, VA., until after World War II.

Transparency courtesy of Charles Wagner
Post Card published by the National Capital Trolley Museum,
Box 5795, Bethesda, Maryland 20014