Art Peterson has sent us a large collection of pictures of interurban cars in their post-retirement careers. As I get the time, I'll be posting as many of these as I can. Some of us, at least, think this is quite interesting. Thanks, Art!
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THI&E 207, for instance, a beautiful 1902 Jewett, is for sale! If you're a traction fan, this is exactly what you want for your back yard. Come on in! You will not believe the low, low prices!
(Picture by George Krambles, 1933)
Art says: A number of THI&E car bodies are represented here. I suspect that the reason a large number of these made into post-retirement life was that IR was aggressively selling these bodies for $75 each and they came onto the market right after the effects of the 1932 depression hit home.
This is Union Traction Company car 253, which actually did become a diner near Marion, Ind. Pictures taken Dec 21, 1939 by JFC.
ISE 652 near Rushville. Picture taken May 29, 1938 by George Krambles.
This is a Kankakee and Urbana Traction car, used as a coal company office in Urbana. Note the NRA Blue Eagle - "We Do Our Part"! The K&UT only ran from Urbana to Paxton, and was short-lived. Picture taken April 28, 1934 by George Krambles.
The next few are of THI&E car 22, built by Jewett in 1907 as C&CT 16, rebuilt by THI&E in 1920. It became a house near Orestes, Ind.
THI&E #24 near Orestes, in 1939. This looks like it was probably part of a diner that had already gone out of business.
THI&E #48 near Orestes, part of the same establishment. Nov. 1st, 1939.
THI&E car 83, taken in 1933 by George Krambles. This is the same series as car 81, currently a body at ITM in Noblesville.
More slides will be coming soon, mostly in color. And we'll have some mystery photos for you to identify.