Westinghouse MU Couplers for Interurban and streetcers

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Westinghouse MU Couplers for Interurban and streetcers

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  • Item number: #31372749
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  • Added: Jul 12 2018 1:53:24 AM EDT
  • Location: California, United States
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Lot of 4 Westinghouse Multiple Unit Couplers used on many US and export electric railway Interurban and streetcars.   Used on many PCC streetcar systems including Toronto; Johnstown PA and Chicago.   Maybe used on Chicago PCC units modified for elevated equipment.    See the picture of the 32 electric contact points, the heart of the MU feature, enabling transfer of Motorman control signals to following units.  They are pricey owing to scarcity and difficulty of replication.

These exact series/model Westinghouse couplings are described by illustrations:  "Westinghouse Automatic Connectors" - Westinghouse Air Brake Company.   Find in Locomotive Dictionaries and Cyclopedias such as the 1912 LOCOMOTIVE DICTIONARY Pp 748 & 749; Fig. 2104 & 2108, respectively.      Restoration of circa 1910-1930 Heavy Interurban would be enhanced with proper. application of these appliances at each end.  

MUSEUMS:  If restoring/running Interurban & Trailer car, or matched PCC Cars, set up a pair to run together.      Or, 3 cars could be run in a PCC "Train"; coupler on rear end of control car; both ends of the middle car, and front of #3 trailing unit!     There are videos of three car Toronto PCC ops.   Also some photos of Johnstown, PA sets of 1/2 dozen & more PCC streetcars..

These are very HEAVY, the lot of 4 coupling sets and pockets running about 3/4 ton.     Couplers weigh 140 lbs.   Drawbars weigh 146 bs. pocket castings weigh 108 lbs.  The associated electrical cables and underfloor cabinets are going to need rebuild.   We advise inspection and medium size pickup  truck, at least a 3/4 ton or larger.     We have a truck with lift gate useful for loading into your vehicle.    


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