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Michigan Railways Car #810 by St. Louis Car Co.
Michigan Railways' car #810 was one of seven huge coach-parlor-observation cars delivered in 1914/15 by the St. Louis Car Company. The 67 foot car—weighing in at 70 tons—was one of the heaviest interurban cars ever built. It graces these pages because—though built of steel—the sides were scribed to simulate wooden siding!


1956 advertisement. (Click pic to enlarge.)


Cast of Characters

George J. Kobusch (-) was

Peter M. Kling (-) was

Henry F. Vogel (-) was

For More Information

“Cars of the St. Louis Car Company.” Electric Railway Historic Society Bulletin 18. (Reprint of part of the St Louis Car Company Catalog No 105 from 1927.

Includes lightweight cars, Birneys, two man cars, one man cars, double end cars, Center exit cars, Peter Witt types, and more. Includes a number of pencil drawings and floor plans.)

“The Lehigh Valley Transit Company’s St. Louis Cars.” Allentown, PA: Lehigh Valley Chapter NRHS, 1961.

History and roster. 113 - 6½" x 9¼" pages, plastic comb binding.

Cox, Harold E. The Birney Car. Wilkes-Barre, PA: Byrne Printing Co., circa 1965.

Characteristics of a Birney car, lightweight car manufacturers (St Louis Car Co, Brill, American Car Co, Wason MFG Co, Cincinnati Car Co, Southern Car Co, G.C. Kuhlman Car Co, McGuire-Cummings Mfg Co, and others), a listing for the trolley lines in the US and Canada showing the Birney cars that they used with manufacturer data and some notes about the cars. Includes a number of photos and some scale drawings.

Lind, Alan R. From Horsecars to Streamliners - An Illustrated History of the St. Louis Car Company. Transport History Press, 1978.

History of the company through its products: horsecars, cable cars, streetcars, interurban cars, subway cars, trolley buses, and main line passenger and freight cars. Also gasoline buses,  aircraft, automobiles, boats and military vehicles. Includes a comprehensive list of vehicles built, with notes on subsequent renumberings, rebuildings, conversions. More than 400 illustrations. 400 - 8¾" x 11¼" pages.

Young, Andrew D. and Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr. The History of the St. Louis Car Company. Berkeley, CA: Howell-North Books, 1978, 1981.

Definitive and lavishly illustrated history of the company written in a most readable fashion. Based on the archives of the company residing at Washington University in St. Louis, numerous interviews with company officials and descendants of company officials, and a wide variety of other sources, it would be almost impossible to say something about the company that isn’t to be found in this book. 302 - 9¾" x 12" pages with b/w illustrations, copious notes and an excellent index.

Young, Andrew D. St. Louis Car Company - A Photographic Album. Glendale, CA: Interurban Press, 1984.

A photographic record of the history of the St. Louis Car Company including streetcars, interurbans, buses and railcars. Illustrated throughout with black & white historical photographs and illustrations. 160 - 11¼" x 8¾" pages.

Online --

 St. Louis Car Company Collection. Washington University Libraries. Catalog of the libraries’ extensive holdings.

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