from Budapest, Hungary
Halske / Schlick'sche (1896)
Millennium Underground Railway subway car
|Retired from Service|
|Acquired by the Museum|
Continental Europe's first electric subway was opened in Budapest, Hungary, on May 2, 1896. Tight clearances between water and sewer lines and a high water table dictated a very small tunnel cross section, so the cars had drop centers for the doors, and the small seat benches were up above the trucks. The original Budapest cars were built by the pioneer multinational electrical equipment firm of Siemens & Halske, still in worldwide business today equipping new light rail systems such as Edmonton, San Diego and Denver.
Seashore had attempted unsuccessfully to obtain one of these cars when they were retired in the early 1970s, but the opening of the Iron Curtain turned up Car 18 that had been sent to a museum in Czechoslovakia. As this museum had decided to limit its collection to domestic artifacts since acquisition of the car, its director offered to donate the car to Seashore in exchange for a specialized camera. No. 18 was shipped to Seashore in 1991, and was extensively refurbished by volunteers to enable this unique and interesting car to be placed promptly on exhibit.
Historic Cars: The National Collection at the Seashore Trolley Museum by Ben Minnich
Manufacturer: Halske / Schlick'sche
Item Type: Rapid Transit Car
Description: Millennium Underground Railway subway car
|Brakes: Dynamic / Hand
|Length: 36' 4"
||Width: 7' 6"
||Height: 8' 9"
||Weight: 35000 lbs.