SIA Philadelphia Car Barn Tour:
41st & Haverford Avenue Steam Dummy
In the years before the technology
was perfected that enabled electric trolley car service,
various alternate systems were tried, including cable cars, electric battery cars, and steam dummies.
Steam dummies disguised their steam boilers and complex mechanisms "so as not
to frighten horses."
This depot was constructed at 41st & Haverford Avenue in about 1877 to house
steam dummy cars.
June 8, 2007, Mike Szilagyi photo
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