Enclose the vestibules of CTCo 27 (a.k.a. 766)

About the Project

     Capital Traction Company 27 needs final touches so visitors may see, and one day ride, an iconic electric street car which connected Chevy Chase to the Nation's Capital.  Once fully restored, CTCo 27 will enhance the Museum's semi-annual Cavalcade of Street Cars on the demonstration railway by being a "featured" car and  will enable expanded interpretation as a static exhibit in Street Car Hall.  The structural car body work is done, but now CTCo 27 requires enclosure of the vestibules, installation of its interior fittings and car body windows, completion of roof work, and exterior painting.  Your donation to this campaign contributes to enclosure of the vestibules; doors, door linkages, steps, and end windows.
    
     The Museum provides a unique interpretive experience among the attractions in
Montgomery County as it demonstrates the mode of transportation which "built our cities." Having more street cars available for service on the railway draws more visitors to the Museum and to special events like the Cavalcade of Street Cars. In particular, CTCo 27 will generate more visitation as the Museum celebrates is one hundredth birthday in 2018. 
    

     Wartime demands caused Capital Traction Company and the Washington Railway and Electric Company to place orders for nearly identical street cars with the G. C. Kuhlman Car Company of Cleveland, Ohio.  The Capital Traction cars, numbered 26 through 45, were equipped to operate in trains of two cars.  Difficulties with Washington's electric conduit system delayed their use in trains until 1924.  These difficulties with the underground power supply and the increase in automobile traffic encouraged the Company to end multiple-unit train operation by 1931.  That year also saw the completion of a rebuilding program for the cars which included a new paint scheme of gray and green, leather seats to replace rattan seating, and improved acceleration and braking. The Museum is restoring CTCo 27 to this configuration.

     With the formation of Capital Transit Company in 1934, CTCo 27 became CTCo 766.  Wartime demands again brought change with the rebuilding of the cars for one-man operation.   The one-man car paint scheme of electric blue, gray and cream announced to waiting passengers that they should board through the front doors.  CTCo 766 was saved for charter service when the remainder of the group were scrapped in 1952 and served as a ceremonial last street car on January 28, 1962.


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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    The Museum will recognize the donor in its newsletter, The Headway Recorder, and on the kiosk in Street Car Hall which presents CTCo 27 to visitors.

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  • Donate $100 or more

    The Museum will recognize the donor in its newsletter, The Headway Recorder, and on the kiosk in Street Car Hall which presents CTCo 27 to visitors. The Museum will invite the donor for a special tour of the Museum's maintenance facility and the work being done on CTCo 27.




    (99 of 100 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    The Museum will recognize the donor in its newsletter, The Headway Recorder, and on the kiosk in Street Car Hall which presents CTCo 27 to visitors. The Museum will invite the donor for a special tour of the Museum's maintenance facility and the work being done on CTCo 27. The Museum will offer the donor an opportunity to operate a street car on its demonstration railway.
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$10,000 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 568 days ago

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