The railway with double catanary is also interesting. The tracks must not be the ground. I wonder why?
could be fear of electricity? I was wondering the same thing. Or maybe it was an existing freight line and the rail joints weren't bonded, so stringing double wires was considered easier?
Ken in Texas
Spaced like that reminds me of the trolley buses we used to have. Could they actually be over the road?
Double contact overhead for street railway systems was uncommon after the experimental years; I thought the Cincinnati system was the only one in the USA using double contact overhead into the 20th century, but Wikipedia says there was also a small system (2 mi of track) in Merrill, WI that did, too.
Dallas Texas had electric rubber tire buses that used double overhead wires in the 60s, with swivel arms on top that allowed the bus to move one lane left and right and make turns on to adjacent streets that had over head wires.
There it is!
The perfect structure to model for my 1/4" to the foot railroad! Nice photo to 'guess/calculate' dimensions. Some creative use of rubber plaster molds for the block (cast to look like stone)work. The signage will be nice detail.
As in many past photo posts... Great find Jay!
PS Gotta love the wheels on that tank truck!
Jim D., St. Joseph MO. had the same type of system for years, up into the '70's I think. Back then there were rails still visible in the streets for the trolley's, don't know if they used the same system as the buses or not. They were pretty much gone by the time I can remember. Dave