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No.'s 200-215 : "Bald Face Cars"
City & Suburban Railway
Two, Peckham 14D-3
No.'s 200-08: 2, GE-800; 
No.'s 209-10: 2, WP-50;
No.'s 211&14: 2, WP-30; 
No.'s 212-13&15: 2, GE-58
 No.'s 200-08 & 213: 2, GE K-10
No.'s 209-12 & 214-15: 2, GE K-11
National emergency air PV
34' 4"
7' 5.5"
21,284 lbs.
12 cross bench
52 passengers (54 with standees)
Narrow (42")

Comments:   This series of 15 open cars were locally built by City & Suburban Railway, probably at the Savier Carbarn.  Research indicates the first half of this series were originally numbered 90-97.   They had all been assigned 200 numbers by time of the (2nd) Portland Railway Company (these numbers were freed up when the Council Crest cars were renumbered as 500's). 

The photo above suggests No.'s 200-15 may also have been kept at Savier, although  PRL&P used them on the Vancouver run.  By the 1920s they had fallen out of favor, except as Vaughn Street Ballpark specials.  Like other remaining open cars, they were expensive to maintain for limited (i.e., good weather) operation. 

Though other open cars had partially enclosed front ends (with windows), this series retained open platforms, which may be why they were labeled "bald face cars" in PRL&P inventories.

The above photograph, which was taken after 1913 (due to Nelson Safety Fenders), also reveals that No. 205, at least, had not been repainted by PRL&P.  It still bears Portland Railway livery, circa 1905.

Retirement:  Between Sept. and Dec. 1926.

Technical Notes:  All received Nelson fenders in 1913. 

No.'s 202 & 206 had GE K-11 controllers later on.

No.'s 205, 207 & 211 had (one each) K-10 and K-11 controllers.

After 1919 cars 203, 205, 207 & 208 were stored out of service at Center Street Shops. 

No. 201 was listed without motors by 1917.  No. 205 had no motors in 1922.  No.'s 209-10 had motors removed prior to a 1923 field check.  In fact, this entire series, although in good condition, was motorless by 1924 when a company inventory described them as belonging to class "C" (a designation meaning without motors). 

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