Rebuilding Electric Motors Is Costly

About the Project

Built in the Company's 65th Street shops, Third Avenue Railway System (TARS) 678 is a collection of recycled parts and newfangled gadgets.  Old eight-point K-35 controllers and newly-designed, brake pedals govern its speed.  Rattan, walk-over seats contrast with aluminum window sash.  And a thrashing air compressor more than compensates for quiet herringbone gears.  Following abandonment of trolley lines in the Bronx in 1948, forty cars of this class provided service for another twenty years in Vienna, Austria as Marshall Plan dollars replaced trams damaged during World War II.  

Now TARS 678 is out-of-service.  Museum volunteers have delivered two of its four motors to a repair shop in Baltimore following motor failure during a trip on the Museum's demonstration railway last spring.  When the motors return to the Museum and the volunteers re-install them, a large invoice will arrive in the mail.  Please help the Museum and its volunteers pay the bill.


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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$10,426.33 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 177 days ago
  • Donate $50 or more

    The Museum will recognize the donor in its newsletter, The Headway Recorder.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    The Museum will recognize the donor in its newsletter, The Headway Recorder. The Museum will invite the donor for a special tour of the Museum's maintenance facility and the work being done on TARS 678.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    The Museum will recognize the donor in its newsletter, The Headway Recorder. The Museum will invite the donor for a special tour of the Museum's maintenance facility and the work being done on TARS 678. The Museum will offer the donor an opportunity to operate a street car on its demonstration railway.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$426.33 to go. Every dollar helps.
$10,426.33 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 177 days ago

Founding Sponsors


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  • $5,600
    Hermes van der Lee
    6 months ago
  • $2,002.33
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    6 months ago
  • $40
    in honor of Ken Rucker
    6 months ago
  • $40
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    6 months ago
  • $28
    John Maieron
    6 months ago
  • $28
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    6 months ago
  • $112
    in honor of Ken Rucker
    6 months ago
  • $112
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    6 months ago
  • $112
    Anonymous
    6 months ago
  • $112
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    6 months ago
  • $1,120
    Ken Rucker
    6 months ago
  • $1,120
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