Sheboygan Light, Power and Railway Company
Interurban Cars Nos. 25/27

 

 
THE COMPANY (eastern Wisconsin)
Cars Nos. 25, 26 & 27 were built by the Cincinnati Car Company of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1908 for the Sheboygan Light, Power and Railway Co. of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The cars ran in daily service connecting the towns of Sheboygan, Kohler, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, Crystal Lake and Elkhart Lake. Trolley service lasted for 30 years.
  • 1886/1894 Sheboygan City Railway Co.
  • 1894/1910 Sheboygan Light, Power & Electric Co.
  • 1910/1917 Sheboygan Railway & Electric Co.
  • 1917/1918 Eastern Wisconsin Electric Company
    Formed in 1917 through the merger of the Sheboygan Light, Power & Railway Company, the Fond du Lac & Oshkosh Railway and the Winnebago Traction Company.
  • 1918/1924 Eastern Wisconsin Electric Company (Middle West Utilities Company). Street car service survived until 1927 when it was replaced by buses.
  • 1924/1944 Wisconsin Power & Light Company (West Utilities Company)
  • 1938 All street car service discontinued
 
THE CARS
The cars have the features and architecture of a steam railroad coach, including a Clerestory roof with drop ends, a full width vestibule at each end, two separate seating compartments for smoking and non-smoking passengers, a toilet room and empire ceiling.

Sheboygan Light, Power & Railway Company had a life similar to the industry as a whole. When forced with austerity, the railroad modified the cars. Sheboygan Light, Power & Railway Company cars 25 & 27 were rebuilt as express motors car no. 26, modified so it could be operated by one man. This modification eliminated the conductor and also consisted of closing one of the entry doors in each vestibule. Following its use as an interurban car and no longer needed by the railroad, the electrical equipment and trucks were removed and it was sold. It became a summer cottage near Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, along the shores of Lake Michigan. The car is now owned by the Friends of East Troy Railroad Museum through a donation from the Doedens family