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051a 2630

051b 2630

2630 takes on a lone female passenger at Gates Avenue and the Greenville loop. At right is the body of a 4500 series trailer, one of 200 purchased in the 1920's from the Osgood-Bradley Company. Public Service found that the extra burden of a trailer disrupted line schedules and slowed rather than enhanced service. A few of the motorless cars survived as waiting rooms, as here, or as diners or business offices.

A cautious turn into the Journal Square terminal in Jersey City looks like a tight squeeze for 2630. Note the plain rear platform, with no "v"-stripe due to massive wartime buildup of maintenance requirements.

051c 2630

051d 2631

2630 pulls out of the Gates Avenue (Greenville) loop, inbound for the Hoboken terminal. Note the double overhead wire for joint use with all-service vehicles, a trolley bus with auxiliary gas-electric engine, developed by Public Service and the Yellow Coach Company, a subsidiary of General Motors. General Motors arranged a sweetheart deal with Public Service that assured the end of street car service for the majority of Hudson and Essex trolley lines.

2631 hustled along the Summit line as the motorman peered quizically at the camera. Union City ordinance required the red platform lights seen on either side of the front platform roof.

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