As promised, Bruce Wells took us on a tour of the new display barn. Here he is pointing out the first artifact on display, a Stephenson horsecar thought to date from the 1870's. The museum has an excellent website with a complete roster. Every car has its own page with pictures, description, and history, so details on each car would be superfluous. But at least we'll identify the ones where the number isn't obvious. Because the track is built to the Pennsylvania trolley gauge, the collection naturally focuses on local lines, apart from the New Orleans car we saw last time.
The barn has wide aisles and excellent lighting, so that viewing and photography are excellent. I didn't have to adjust the exposure on any of these pictures. Over the winter, some tools and parts are in the aisle, and you will notice that there are several displays for school groups. Essentially the entire collection is now under cover.
Monangahela and West Penn 274, a steel Jewett combine from 1918, among the very last cars Jewett produced.
This is the Jersey Shore and Antes Fort car, a 1905 Jewett.
Next is Monangahela West Penn 250, a 1913 wooden Jewett combine. The differences between this car and the 274 are obvious.
A cab-on-flat motor from Columbus, Ohio.
This is the Harmony Route car, a 1909 wooden combine built by St. Louis. It was last used as part of a restaurant, so is lettered "STOP INN" on one end.
This is the parlor car Toledo, which I last saw when it was in Cleveland.
It has since gotten new stained-glass oval windows.
And several good examples of work equipment.
And here we have "Thrifty Beaver", the mascot of Beaver Valley Traction. This is just so much more artistic than anything we've got, including "The Little Train That Could." I believe Bruce painted this himself.
Finally, a couple of views of the Van Dorn couplers used on some of the Pittsburgh work equipment. They made their own replacements for standard Van Dorn links, although obviously this link cannot be used for automatic coupling. And the way that coupler can swing from side to side looks rather dangerous to me.