aline1969 wrote:I love the collection of Montreal cars we have in Maine. Montreal 957, 2052, 2652, observation 2, and Montreal & Southern Counties 604,610,621
One minor error here, the M&SC cars are 504, 610 and 621.
Connecticut Trolley Museum has 3 Montreal Cars 4, 2056 and 2600.
The Canadian National Railway Museum at Delson, PQ, has a large Montreal Collection, including obs. cars 1 and 3. Cars 3 and 4 are much newer than 1 and 2, and have steel frames. The lighted arches are plain while 1 and 2 have cast beavers at the top. 4 also is equipped with portable headlights for operation on CTM's line. 2, 3 and 4 are operational, I don't know the status of 1.
2052 and 2056 are former Springfield, MA cars. Both cars had one platform lengthened when they arrived in Montreal, at which time they became single-ended. The second end was lengthened later when more double-ended cars were needed.
2600 and 2001(at Shore Line) are original double-ended Montreal cars.
Seashore's 957 and 2652 represent the most typical Montreal Car: Single-Ended Rear-entrance Prepayment. These cars were designed to allow crowds to board at stops, and pay their fares while the cars were underway. This sped up service, and spread to many cities in Canada and the US. Delson also has several cars of this type. 957 is an older heavyweight design, while 2652 is a modern lightweight, with automatic acceleration. Both feature an interior where the aisle narrows as you go forward.
The next stop is Washington. Change for Forest Hills Trains on the Winter St. Platform, and Everett Trains on the Summer St. Platform. This is an Ashmont train, change for Braintree at Columbia.