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Seattle Trolleybus #604

Car # 604 Type Trolleybus
Year Built 1940 Builder Twin Coach
Year Acquired   Operator Seattle
Track Gauge N/A Common Name Trolleybus
# of Trucks / Wheels N/A Other Technical Details  
Operational Status Needs restoration
& overhead wire

# 604 in service

ETB # 604 climbing Queen Anne Hill in Seattle

# 604 at the Museum

Outside the carbarn

Trolley buses proved short term popular as cities starting converting their trolley systems to busses. Since the transit company had the overhead infrastructure, it wasn't hard to add a second wire and convert a former trolley route to trolley bus.

For many riders this was probably an improvement as many trolley operations suffered from poor track maintenance. The trolley bus was quiet and smooth, without the noise and small of a diesel bus.

Trolley busses also prove superior on streets with steep hills. Two of the 5 remaining trolley bus systems in North America are in two very hilly cities, Seattle and San Francisco. These two cities both operate rather large trolley bus networks.

Trolley Bus #604 is from Seattle and operated there for about 30 years.

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ETB #604 at the Museum


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