Lehigh Valley Transit Interurban Car 700-711
with Center Door


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To fulfill the need for a "universal car," Lehigh Valley Transit Division superintendents and officials of the Philadelphia & Western Railways conceived the design of cars 700-711, which were built by the Southern Car Company in 1916.

It appeared advisable to design a car which could be used equally well either in local or interurban services. Therefore, a detailed study was made of all existing conditions, such as clearances grades schedules, etc. and future needs were estimated as far as possible with the results that plans and specifications were drawn for a universal car of a double end, all-steel center entrance type car.

These cars operated local schedules on week days and as a third car in trains with two 800 series cars on weekends. They also operated in two car trains, but rarely in three car trains.

LVT cars operated over P&W tracks to be equipped for third rail operations. For current collections over the remainder of the line, they are equipped with Miller trolley shoes and the usual trolley poles.

The cars are mounted on Brill M.C.B.-2X trucks with 36 in. diameter wheels with a 3 1/2 in. thread and equipped with Westinghouse 547-A motors with ALM control and with Westinghouse straight and automatic air breaks schedule A.M.M. The miscellaneous equipment includes Tomlinson couplers, Rico anti-climbers, automatic ventilators and Horne double-acting hand brakes.

The car body is all steel with arch roof and all steel tee post with pan floor construction.

The interior of the car in one end is a large smoking compartment seating 13 with Hale & Kilburn Walkover seats. The cross seats in the rest of the car are the walkover type. In the center of the car are four longitudinal seats and there are three folding seats and one stationary seat at each end. In the opposite end of the car from the smoking section, and just behind the motorman's compartment, is located a toilet room.