Last month I visited the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum for their annual Trolley Meet (I finally joined the museum this year). The main attraction for me that day was a presentation on the first 50 years of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, presented by David Wohlwill, the Authority's planner. The Port Authority was formed out of the Pittsburgh Railways Company, which operated the trolley routes around Pittsburgh, and 30 private bus companies, as well as two inclined planes. It began operations in 1964. David reviewed the major accomplishments of the last 50 years and it was a very interesting program. Although Charlie does not share my interest in public transit, I plan to model many of these vehicles on the PML layout.
Here are a few of the many different logos that have been used through the years, from oldest to current.
To commemorate its 50th anniversary, the Port Authority has painted a handful of buses and one light rail car with these images of earlier transit vehicles on the side. (PAAC photos) They will make you do a double take for certain!
Following the presentation, I viewed three traction layouts that clubs had set up in the education building. Vendors were also set up in the car barn. I picked up a new book, "Transit in the Triangle," in the museum store. As always, an enjoyable day at PTM.
To see an amazing collection of photos and material on the Port Authority and nearby transit systems, be sure to check out Shawn Bennear's web site: www.pittsburghtransit.info
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