Third Avenue Railways
Car 1224 is a former Richmond Railways car brought in from Staten Island in 1933 for service in the Bronx.  Because these cars had wide (i.e. not tapered) platforms, they could not negotiate many turns and were used almost exclusively on the Webster and White Plains (W) line, locally referred to as "The Racetrack."  This photo was taken by Alfred Seibel early in the morning at 242nd Street and White Plains Ave.prior to the long run to 149th St. and Melrose Ave., the longest line in the Bronx.  The "Staten Island 12's" were among the most popular cars on the Third Ave.System.
Caption data from Karl F. Groh
Bill Volkmer collection
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