TROLLEY SERVICE IS STARTED
Fire Breaks Out in
New Vehicle on Its First Run
antiquated trolley cars were replaced yesterday by new trackless
trolleys. The event was marked by fire which damaged one of the
new vehicles on its first run.
glittering electric-gasoline motor conveyance blazed briefly at
Haddon and Newton Avenues. It was operated on the
Camden-Clementon line, and carried three passengers.
Titus Sr., of 1802 Fillmore
Street, driver of the dual-powered trolley, told Fire Chief Charles
Erickson that a short circuit in the battery box caused
insulation to burn. Smoke poured through cracks in the floor.
three passengers were transferred to other buses and a traffic
jam of curious motorists ensued.
fire did little damage. The new vehicle proceeded under gasoline
engine power to its barn,
Camden-Clementon route is the last trolley line operating here.
new vehicle of the gas-electric type are being operated from
Federal Street ferry plaza on a 15-minute headway during the
"peak" hours and even 30 minutes at other times.
of the new all-service vehicles will be used here, according to
Public Service officials. The vehicles may be operated from
overhead wires like a trolley car or under engine power the same
way as any other bus. The new form of transportation is reported
to have all the advantages of a trolley car and the quick
pick-up, curb loading, "silent" operation and
maneuverability of a motor bus.
gasoline engine and electric generator are mounted in a transverse
position in the rear of the vehicle, distributing the weight on
the six rubber-tired wheels, four of which are in the rear, The
bus seats thirty-six passengers and has a side exit door, Safety
glass has been used throughout and the interior is equipped with
airplane type seats.
the vehicles leave the overhead wires to operate as a regular
gas-electric bus, the operator starts the gasoline engine and
pushes an electric button automatically withdrawing the
trolley pole from the wires.
vehicles require two overhead wires, one positive and one