Battery Cars, 1892 - The Reading Journal
Here's a bit of information on battery cars from Bob Heglund. "Battery cars didn't last
too long across the country. The need for frequent recharging was an operational
drawback. The advent of the electric trolley was a major setback for battery cars.
Milford-Hopedale had six, built in 1890 by the Ellis Car Company, Amesbury. They
were classed as 16 foot box cars. The 16 foot was the length of the passenger
compartment and did not include the end platforms. Box meant they were an
enclosed passenger car.
The cars were acquired in 1901 by the Concord, Maynard and Hudson Street
Railway. who spliced them in 1902 to make three double truck cars. Two of them
were made into parlor cars while the third was a straight passenger car."
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