Portland Broadway Car 813

As built, car # 813 was used on the city streetcar lines (3’6″ gauge). It was typically operated on the Broadway line in Portland, thus was nicknamed a “Broadway car”. It was one of 15 Brill Master units bought by Portland Traction Company. It was a very modern car for its time with safety and one man operation in mind.

When streetcar service ended in 1949-50, this car was transferred to the Interurban line between Portland and Oregon City. It had to be re-gauged to the Interurban’s standard gauge tracks. Entirely new trucks were used in the conversion. The car then received the new number of 4012.

The Museum completed a major restoration in 1998 to operate on the Willamette Shore Trolley and renumbered back to 813. Years of service     on the WST was hard on 813, and now needs a major motor overhaul. Your donations will help bring this car back to service

Technical Information

  • Car #: 813 (Was car # 4012 when on the Interurban line)
  • Year Built: 1932
  • Builder: J. G. Brill
  • Last Operator: Portland Traction
  • Car Type:  Master Unit
  • Year Museum acquired:  
  • Common Name: Broadway Car
  • Track Gauge: Standard
  • # of trucks/Wheels: 2 Trucks
  • Car Status: Needs Motor Work
  • Other details: Was originally built for city streetcar narrow gauge

 

 

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