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James A. Trimble

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James A. Trimble street car works

James A. Trimble (born 1847 in New York City) was an inventor and the founder of his namesake street car works, established in 1869. The company was located at 218 East 28th St. in New York[1] in a 6-story building.[2] Trimble produced horse, cable and electric cars.[3] The company was established in 1869.[2][4] Trimble's company built one of the mail carrying streetcars used in the city.[5] Trimble was an inventor and secured several patents for inprovements.[2]

The Brooklyn & N.Y. Railway Supply Co. Of Elizabeth, NJ (1895-1897) was formed by a merger of J.W. Fowler Car Company and James A. Trimble Company.[6] Trimble became president of the new company which relocated his equipment from New York to Elizabethtown. The new operation, of which Trimble served as president, anticipated production of 1,500 cars annually.[7]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Ian Arnold, Locomotive, Trolley, and Rail Car Builders: An All-time Directory. Trans-Anglo Books, 1965; pp. 15, 60.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 https://books.google.com/books?id=EQpBAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA328&dq="James+A.+Trimble"&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi-2O3G88jZAhUCTawKHWrbCWsQ6AEINDAC#v=onepage&q=%22James%20A.%20Trimble%22&f=false
  3. The Street Railway Journal, vol. 10, no. 6 (June 1894), pg. 107.
  4. https://books.google.com/books?id=MHcIAAAAMAAJ&q="James+A.+Trimble"+streetcar&dq="James+A.+Trimble"+streetcar&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjgurp9MjZAhUEC6wKHXuCDREQ6AEIPDAE
  5. 100 years of capital traction: the story of streetcars in the Nation's Capital by LeRoy O. King, Taylor Pub. Co., 1972
  6. Railway Car Builders of North America
  7. "A New Transit Company," Street Transit Journal, vol. 12, no. 1 (Jan. 1896), pg. 71.


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