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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The Westchester: 1937

The Westchester: 1937

Pictured is a multiple unit electric passenger car of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway at the Baychester Avenue Station, Bronx New York in May of 1937. “The Westchester” as it was known locally was a rapid transit system that linked the Bronx with White Plains to the north of New York City and subsequently Port Chester to the east. At the time of the railway's construction in 1912, the NYW & B was one of the most advanced systems in the world with state of the art equipment, signaling, overhead power supply and exquisite stations of masonry and concrete in both the Italian Renaissance and Mission architectural styles. The NYW & B ceased operation in late 1937, a victim of The Great Depression, the emerging popularity of the automobile and mismanagement of its parent company, the New Haven Railroad. View full size.

MP54 car

With the exception of the ‘Owl Eye’ windows, the cars were quite different. The NYW&B’s Stillwell car shown was manufactured by the Pressed Steel Car Company of Pittsburg PA. The Erie had similar non powered passenger cars for its suburban service. The Pennsy’s MU MP54 car was manufactured by the Pennsylvania’s Altoona Works.

Fascinating Car

Is the resemblance to Pennsy's MU cars a coincidence?

 
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