Scranton Transit Company

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Operating Name Scranton Railway Company (1896-1934)
Scranton Transit Company (1934-1972)
Area Served Scranton and surrounding area of Lackawanna County, PA.
Operated 1896-1954 (streetcar service)
1934-1972 (bus service)
Livery Royal blue with cream accents

The Scranton Transit Company is a former public transportation carrier operating in the city of Scranton. Pennsylvania, between 1934 and 1972. Service had previously been operated by the Scranton Railway Company, between 1896 and 1934. In 1972, services were surrendered to the County of Lackawanna Transit System.

History

Timeline of important events

[1]

  • 1896: Services of the Scranton Railway Company commence, from amalgamation of several other companies.
  • 1905: Scranton Railway Company becomes subsidiary of American Railways Company.
  • 1923: Scranton Railway Company becomes subsidiary of American Electric Power Company.
  • 1925: Scranton Railway Company becomes subsidiary of National Public Services Corporation.
  • 1928: Scranton Railway Company becomes subsidiary of Middle West Utilities Company.
  • 1932: Scranton Railway Company becomes subsidiary of Municipal Service Company.
  • 1934: Scranton Railway Company reorganized and becomes Scranton Transit Company.
  • 1954: Streetcar service discontinued, most services become bus-operated on December 18.
  • 1955: A strike was called on April 5, lasting until December 5. Upon returning to service, all Sunday service was eliminated, with a reduced night service.
  • 1971: Another strike was called on November 15, forcing the company to end services permanently and notify the city that it was discontinuing service with no expectations of it being resumed.
  • 1972: Scranton Transit Company surrenders assets to public entity County of Lackawanna Transit System, after a labor strike called on November 15, 1971 cripples the system. Operations began on September 30, although at a shadow of previously offered.

References: [2]

Car lines

[3]

  • Bellevue
  • Carbondale
  • Carbondale - Forest City
  • Drinker Street
  • Dunmore Suburban
  • Duryea
  • Green Ridge Peoples
  • Green Ridge Suburban
  • Lafayette Street
  • Laurel Hill
  • Luzerne Street
  • Moosic Lake
  • Moosic - Pittston
  • Nativity
  • Nay Aug Park
  • North Main - Farr Street
  • Number Six
  • Old Forge
  • Petersburg
  • Providence
  • Quincy Avenue
  • South Main
  • South Side
  • Throop - Olyphant
  • Washburn

Roster

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Streetcar roster

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Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Motors Notes
241-246 Mar 1906 St. Louis 20' ST Order number 652A.
301-310
311-316
317-321
322-331 1903 Brill
332 c 1910 in house closed car Retired approximately 1920s.
  • Equipped with Brill 27-G trucks.
333-342
343-352 Apr 1906 St. Louis 30' DT Order number 660A.
353-362 Cincinnati Order number 1330.
363-367
368-377
378-387
388
389
390-397
400-409 1925 Osgood Bradley Safety Car Order 8575.
410-421 1925 Osgood Bradley Safety Car Order 9030.
501-510 1929 Osgood Bradley Electromobile [4] Order number 10380.
601-610 Mar 1901 St. Louis 12-bench car Order number 176.

Bus roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
20-21 1957 GMC TGH-3102
Old Look
GMC
270 cubic in.
Buses assigned serial numbers 0709-0710.[5]
22 1957 GMC TGH-3102
Old Look
GMC
270 cubic in.
Bus assigned serial number 0651.[6]
138-142 ACF C-36 Hall-Scott
gasoline
Buses assigned serial numbers 361-365.[7]
304 1945 REO [8]
500-502 1964 GMC TDH-4519
New Look
DD 6V71N Buses assigned serial numbers 0494-0496.[9]
503-504 1965 GMC TDH-4519
New Look
DD 6V71N Buses assigned serial numbers 0784-0785.[10]
(5 buses) 1957 GMC TGH-3102
Old Look
GMC
270 cubic in.
Buses assigned serial numbers 0782-0786.[11]

References

  1. Scranton Rwy. Co. (1979), Thomas F. Flanagan and Benson W. Rohrbeck.
  2. Chicago Rail Fan - Transit Systems in Pennsylvania
  3. Scranton Railway Company (1979), Thomas F. Flanagan w/ Benson W. Rohrbeck, p 131
  4. Electric City Trolley Museum - Vehicle Collection
  5. GMC (Old Look) Delivery List
  6. GMC (Old Look) Delivery List
  7. ACF – ACF-Brill Delivery List
  8. E-Bay, Scranton Transit Company Bus Photo-Reo, dead link
  9. GMC (New Look) Delivery List
  10. GMC (New Look) Delivery List
  11. GMC (Old Look) Delivery List