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Early Power Still Driving the PA Trolley Museum

August 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Co-sponsored by: Steven Dobos

Early Power Still Driving the PA Trolley Museum
 
(PA TROLLEY OPERATIONS AND ENGINEERING TOUR)  

Location: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, 1 Museum Road, Washington PA 15301
Date: 27-August-2016 (Saturday)
Time: 10AM-2:00 PM – Presentation, Trolley Ride, Lunch, Tour , Q & A
Sponsors: PES/IAS chapters
Register:  Please register by COB Friday August 26th, 2016. 

Speaker: Bernie Orient – Shop Floor Mechanical Specialist

BIO:
Bernie Orient

Mr. Orient has been with the PA Trolley Museum for 20 years working his way up to Shop Floor Mechanical Specialist. He obtained his BSME for West Virginia University in 1969.

Presentation and Tour:

Join us for an engineering presentation and tour of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum! The journey will take us back in time to the late half of the 1800’s and up through the present where Bernie Orient (Shop Floor Mechanical Specialist) will provide an overview on how electric power and the original era electric  trolleys came together to help provide the early years of transportation. We will have a two hour morning tour, a one hour afternoon tour, with a noon time picnic  (subs, chips and cool drinks).

Abstract:

The Pittsburgh Electric Railway Club (PERC) members purchased their first streetcar in 1949, added a second car in 1952 and a third in 1953. With acquisition of a site in Chartiers Township, Washington County and the wonderful cooperation of the Pittsburgh Railways Company the three-car collection motored to the site on February 7, 1954 to establish what has become the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.

Construction of a car house building, repair of track and overhead lines followed and by December, 1962, the streetcars were once again operational. On June 23 of the following year the museum received its first official visitors after a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Since then, the museum has seen several decades of expansion. The car collection, the existing track, the car house and visitor buildings have all seen major growth. Today, the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum owns nearly 50 street and electric railway cars, 20 of which are operational on the museum’s four mile ride. Each year 30,000 visitors are treated to a hands-on, moving history lesson.

After all, that’s the main appeal of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum: visitors don’t just “see” the past up close; they “experience” it for themselves on an unforgettable ride through the countryside with the help of PTM’s 150 volunteers (and counting!).  They are committed to keeping that experience alive for generations to come.

PDH’s: If you would like to receive PDHs, please bring a copy of this announcement to this meeting and please contact Dave Vaglia for verification of your attendance. A non-Member who would like to receive PDHs is required to pay $10 to IEEE Pittsburgh Section. A Member who would like to receive PDH is required to show membership ID.

DIRECTIONS to the PA Trolley Museum:

SOUTHBOUND I-79 (From: Pittsburgh) use Exit 41:
Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp. Cross over the RR tracks and turn LEFT on Pike Street at the traffic light. Follow Pike Street to the next traffic light and turn RIGHT onto Country Club Road and follow to the stop sign at the Y-intersection. Turn right and follow North Main Street bearing left at the next intersection. Travel 1/2 mile to Museum Road, turn left and enter the parking area on the right.

NORTHBOUND I-79 (From: New Stanton, Morgantown, WV, Waynesburg or Wheeling, WV) Exit 40:
Turn left at the traffic light at the bottom of the ramp on to Locust Avenue/Pike Street. Drive 1/4 mile north to next traffic light (at the RR crossing) this is Country Club Road. Turn left and follow to the stop sign at the Y-intersection. Turn right and follow North Main Street bearing left at the next intersection. Travel 1/2 mile to Museum Road, turn left and enter the parking area on the right.

Speaker(s): Bernie Orient,

Location:
Bldg: PA Trolley Museum
1 Museum Road
Washington County, Pennsylvania
15301

Details

Date:
August 27, 2016
Time:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
http://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/40536

Organizer

dobos.s.p@iee.org