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Connecticut Company 3001
1922 Wason Manufacturing Co.
by Roger K. Steele, reviewed by William E. Wood January 2001
To tell the story of Car #3001, one has to understand that it was built for a Connecticut Co. division that had no connection with any other Connecticut Co. tracks. The operation was 11.3 miles long, running from the south end of Torrington to West Winsted on the side of road. The line was single track with passing sidings at Daytonville Switch, Stratman, Burrville (location of the car barn and Gravel Pit Spur), Highland lake Junction (branch just under 1.1 miles to Highland Lake), Wendells Switch, and Winsted Switch. The entire operation was discontinued on January 5, 1929.
Car #3001 and her two sisters, #3000 and #3002 were built in 1922 in Springfield, Mass. at the Wason Manufacturing plant as double ended, double truck Birney safety cars. Each car weighed just under 30,000 pounds. They rode upon Brill 77E1 trucks equipped with four Westinghouse 506A, 25 hp motors. A K-6P controller at each end of the car acting through a line switch allowed for very economical single-man operation. The cars initially had one single bi-fold door at each end located to the right of the operator. For only seven years would they operate back and forth between Torrington and Winsted or take crowds to Highland Lake.
With the closure of the Torrington Division trolley operation in 1929, all three cars were sent to New Haven, Conn. Here two single bi-fold treadle doors were added to each car, one door at each end to the left of the operator. At that same time, the wooden slat seats initially installed in the car were replaced with rattan seats. The cars operated on low volume lines and as school trippers. When trolley service was abandoned in New Haven on September 25, 1948, once more #3001 was on the road, this time to the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Car #3000 found a home at the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven and it is reported that the body of #3002 still exists in the New Haven area.
Seating: 32 + 2
| Controls: 2 - K6-P
Motors: 4 - Westinghouse 506-A
Brakes: Safety Air
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