THE ELECTRIC RAILWAY PRESIDENT'S CONFERENCE COMMITTEE STREETCAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: FIVE TECHNICAL BULLETINS, 1931-1933

The street railway industry experienced a period of economic difficulty in the late 1920's as costs for new equipment and operating costs rapidly escalated, and automobile ownership increased dramatically. Industry leaders agreed on a unique industry research and development program to develop a totally different, technologically advanced street railway car that would compete in performance characteristics with the automobile, be less expensive to purchase, and that would increase transit ridership. The research program was financed by street railway companies and commercial firms in the transit supply business. They pioneered use of rubber suspension systems, unitized all-welded steel body construction, and advanced illumination.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Electric Railway President's Conference Committee

    New York, NY  United States 

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Research, Development and Demonstration
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hirschfeld, C F
  • Publication Date: 1931-9-30

Media Info

  • Pagination: 143 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00090415
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Bulletin 1 Spec Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 29 1977 12:00AM