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Man Proud of Streetcar Work

February 24, 2013

WHEELING — When Wheeling resident Jack Syphers worked as an electric streetcar operator during the 1940s, it cost 5 cents to take a trip from downtown Wheeling to Wheeling Island....

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Donaldo

Feb-24-13 5:51 PM

I thought I remembered the Warwood streetcar running as late as 1950, cut could be wrong. as kids, we loved to switch the moveable backs of the seats and occassionally pull the trollery off the wire. i'm hoping the statute of limitations has run on those offenses.

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sounder

Feb-24-13 1:25 AM

My mother's father had an unfortunate encounter with a Wheeling Street Car as he was returning from fighting a fire in Bellaire, in the Fall of 1920. His fire truck collided with one of those heavy street cars enroute to Bellaire; a strang twist of fate, a younger brother went to work for the transit company; he operated a street car (don't know what route) and retired from the service before street cars were removed. I remember what would have been my Great Uncle Jim McGee talking about taking his car back to the barn. We lived in the country, I was disappointed that his barn didn't contain animals. Probably one of the last months for the service, it was summer, my Mom, younger brother and I took a car from downtown Wheeling to our grandmother's house in Warwood. There was a streetcar stop near her home on Warwood Avenue. We seemed to fly north along the river to Warwood, it was hot and humid, but fun.

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