Liberty Liner Overview
In service: 1941–1978
Manufacturer: St. Louis Car Company
Entered service: 1941
Number built: 2
Number preserved: 2
Fleet numbers: 801–802, 803–804
Operators: Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company, SEPTA
Train length: 155 feet 4 inches (47.35 m)
Height: 12 feet 7 inches (3.84 m)
Doors: 4 passenger, 2 cab
Maximum speed: 110 mph (180 km/h)
Weight: 214,000 pounds (97,000 kg)
Electric system: 600v DC
Current collection method: trolley pole, third rail
Trucks: Jacobs bogies
Braking system: Westinghouse
Multiple working: No
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
After the North Shore ceased operations in 1963, their Electroliner train sets were sold to the Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company, known as the Red Arrow Lines, and the units were renamed Liberty Liners. The trolley poles and steps were removed, new doors were added in the center coach sections, and updated third-rail contact shoes were installed to operate on the Norristown High Speed Line, which uses third rail and high-level platforms between Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and Norristown. The tavern-lounges continued in service, providing coffee and pastry in the morning, and beverages and snacks in the evening. 801-802 was named "Valley Forge", while 803-804 became "Independence Hall". They were retired in 1978.
801-802 is currently being restored to its early 1960s operating condition at the Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) in Union, Illinois. Updates on the restoration can be found on the liners Facebook page "Campaign For The Electroliner".
803-804 is preserved at the Rockhill Trolley Museum in Orbisonia, Pennsylvania. It is a running liner though it has not been restored.
PSTC Liberty Liner Independence Hall crossing the Schyulkill River at Norristown, PA on August 28, 1964. Photo by Roger Puta.
A SEPTA Liberty Liner at Bridgeport in May of 1976. Photo by Drew Jacksich.
By Drew Jacksich from San Jose, CA, The Republic of California - SEPTA Liberty Liner InBd Bridgeport May76xRP, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17931847
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A Liberty Liner at Ardmore in the 1970s. Photo by Drew Jacksich.
By Drew Jacksich from San Jose, CA, The Republic of California (liberty liner Ardmore) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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