Brill 1914 Cooperativa de Transportes Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos 19
Brill 1914
Cooperativa de Transportes Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos 19
Description:Single-end single-truck deck-roof 10-bench open

Equipment Information

The only single-truck open car at IRM is Cooperativa de Transportes Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos 19, a car from Veracruz, Mexico. Open cars like 19 were extremely popular in the United States in the 1890s and early 1900s but they fell out of favor around World War I because they could only be utilized by the street railway for half the year. During the winter they just had to be stored. In Mexico, with a milder climate, open cars could be used year round and car 19 remained in service in Veracruz into the early 1960s. It was acquired by IRM in 2009 and is in operation.

FUN FACT: We aren’t entirely sure of car 19’s history. Brill built 18 open cars for Veracruz in 1914 and numbered them 1-18. What we think is that car 19 was assembled in the Veracruz streetcar shops from parts of other 1914-built Brill open cars, perhaps ones that had been partly wrecked. One clue that car 19 was cobbled together: if you look under the seats, you’ll notice the seat supports aren’t made from factory-made castings but rather from lengths of steel rebar – the stuff used to reinforce concrete!

Cooperativa de Transportes Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos 19 Details

Builder: J.G. Brill Car Company
Year Built: 1914
Seats: 40
Length: 29ft 9in
Width: 9ft
Height: 12ft 4in
Weight: 20000 lbs
Brakes: SME
Motors: 2 WH 92A
Control: K-10
Compressor: DH-16
Trucks: Brill 21E
Description: Single End / Single Truck / Deck Roof / 10-Bench Open
ARrived: 2009
Condition: Complete / unrestored / operational

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CTUSU 19 Ownership History

1914-1932 – Compañía de Luz, Fuerza y Tracción de Veracruz
1932-1939 – Cooperativa de Tranviarios y Similares del Puerto de Veracruz
1939-1961 – Cooperativa de Transportes Urbanos y Sub-Urbanos de Veracruz
1961-2006 – Trolleyville USA, North Olmsted, OH
2006-2009 – Lake Shore Electric Railway, Cleveland, OH
2009-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL

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