Lehigh Valley Transit Freight Trail Car
T1-T4

 

 
THE LAW
In 1908, the Pennsylvania legislature passed the "Trolley Freight Law" which gave traction lines
permission to haul Less Than Carload freight over their lines.
 
THE COMPANY
Lehigh Valley Transit started freight service in 1908 using various converted passenger cars. In 1914, LVT designed and built, at its 14th and Gordan St. shops, a car which could serve as a freight motor or trail car to meet its increasing LCL business. 25 cars used in this service included 4 trail cars, 7 cars built by BRILL, JEWETT & RUSSEL, 10 built by LVT and 4 converted from other cars. The 4 freight trail cars entered service in June, 1916, with C-7 pulling trail car T-2.
 
THE CARS
Lehigh Valley Transit shop in 1916, built 4 freight trail cars, T-1 through T-4, which were double truck, double end, wooden body cars. These cars were built on a steel frame and had no exterior truss rods. Interior trusses built into the car body served the same function. The last trail car was used ~1922.

LVT T-1: Built March, 1916. Had RUSSEL CAR COMPANY arch bar trucks. Rebuilt to scarifer car 1924. Scrapped 1939.

LVT T-2: Built March, 1916. Had BRILL 50-E standard gauge trucks. Rebuilt into C-12 December, 1917.

LVT T-3: Built July, 1916. Had BRILL 50-E standard gauge trucks. Rebuilt into C-13 July, 1918.

LVT T-4: Built September, 1916. Had BRILL 50-E standard gauge trucks. Rebuilt into a proposed freight motor in June, 1920 as a replacement for C-10 which was destroyed by fire. Was started, but never completed. Scrapped, unfinished, in December, 1940.