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Closeup of 2620 rear platform on a swing out of the Erie loop shows uninteresting detail of the back of a single-ended trolley car. Some single-ended 2600's were equipped with wood slat platform benches, more for convenience than for comfort.

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The bane of motormen and motorists alike, delivery trucks never seemed to park closer than two yards from any curb. Politicians such as West Orange Commissioner of Public Safety Francis X. Byrne, father of the future governor of New Jersey, often used traffic tie-ups as a rationale for the elimination of trolleys. Mr. Byrne, his wife, his daughter Muriel, and the future New Jersey governor and another son, lived around the corner from this scene on Main Street and Prospect Place, in West Orange.

Low angle shot gives 2620 a racy look as the car is about to exit the City Subway at Orange Street on a typical smoggy day in Newark.

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