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SHRT Kuhlman 1200-series Streetcar by Tankaa

SHRT Kuhlman 1200-series Streetcar

Tankaa

6 May 2013 at 16:11:49 MDT

Shaker Heights Rapid Transit

(Ex-Cleveland Railway)

G.C. Kuhlman Car Company 1200-series (1914) (AKA "Peter Witt" or "Center Entrance" cars)

Introduced 1920, withdrawn from service between 1957-1959.

These heavyweight steel-bodied streetcars were the ones that started it all for Shaker Heights. This is the late-era gray and yellow livery used by Shaker Heights Rapid Transit, as versus the earlier sunburst and red and white Cleveland Interurban Railroad schemes.

Some were converted for single-driver operation with a front door, and several were modified with more powerful traction motors to take advantage of the grade-separated interurban portions of the system (Shaker Square to Terminal Tower) once connecting via Coventry-Fairmont-Cedar Hill-Euclid was no longer required.

One of these still sees service as a backup line car, while another rusts away under Tower City in the old Shaker station next to St. Louis Car Company #109. #1218 is being restored for static display in front of the Children's Museum, and several others are operated by streetcar museums.

Artwork © of me

Shaker Heights Rapid Transit, CIRR, Cleveland Railway © of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

G.C. Kuhlman Car Company/ACF-Brill currently © of ACF Industries LLC

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