Friday, April 11, 2014

The Return Of One Of The Red Hook Trolleys

(photo credit: Steven Skollar)

Reader Steven Skollar sent us a photo he took yesterday in Red Hook. It shows one of the vintage trolleys that seems to have re-appeared on the tracks behind Fairway.  And it looks as though it has been restored and been given a new coat of paint.
In February, this and another trolley had been removed and it was speculated that they were heading to the scrap yard.  Glad to see this one is back where it belongs.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice to have one back, and all fixed up. I think that the other is at a trolley museum upstate.

Anonymous said...

Instead of speculating that the trolleys went to a scrap yard why didn't/don't you try to find out what really happened to them. I realize that as a writer of a blog you don't need to write the truth, only what you think (sic) or what you make up. The three trolleys that were removed in February went to a trolley museum in Branford, Connecticut. There was a press release from the museum and the whole story was covered by some other blogs.

chance bliss said...

to anonymous at 1:55 pm

that's TOTALLY NOT what i heard. word on the street was that two of the trolleys were hijacked by members of an eco-friendly surfer collective. the trolleys were redirected to charleston, south carolina, where they were supposed be taken to the shore in order to be scuttled for an illegal artificial reef project, but then, at the last minute, a special envoy sent down from red hook intervened... and now they are back!

so, i don't think katia made anything up at all...

besides, with watchdogs out there, like yourself, who are routinely willing to volunteer their disdain - i mean advice - then why should one worry about fact checking?

of course, PARDON ME FOR ASKING is a blog, not a news site... but what's the difference? ; )

Bob Diamond said...

Three streetcars were taken from Red Hook and scrapped earlier this year: the 3321, 3299 and the 70. This streetcar, the 3303, is clearly not one of those removed and scrapped. Its actually a fourth streetcar that was stuck inside the Beard Street pier since BHRA restored it back in 2003. Its future fate is not known. Here's a link to BHRA's resortation work on the 3303 over a decade ago: http://brooklynrail.net/proj_rehab.html

Katia said...

Thank you so much for the additional information and for the link, Bob.
Glad to see that there is one left on display in Red Hook. Let's hope it will be there permanently.

Katia said...

Chance Bliss, I love the comment.

Bob Diamond said...

Its serendipitous the 3303 is now at the Fairway- it coincides with the release of our newly drafted Red Hook Streetcar Study, that rebuts the circa 2011 DOT report, which erroneously stated streetcars weren’t feasible in Red Hook. Our new 300+ page streetcar report, which also addresses the return of the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel tours, can be downloaded from here: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140410/red-hook/atlantic-avenue-tunnel-should-be-reopened-brooklyn-historical-group-says
Contributions towards the project can be made at Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1725349601/atlantic-avenue-tunnel-tour-and-red-hook-streetcar?ref=email