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Museum Acquires Interurban Car
FRISCO, TX (October 7, 2014) - The Museum of the American Railroad has acquired a unique piece of North Texas railroading history. This week, the Museum took delivery of former North Texas Traction Company (NTTC) #332. Known as Interurbans, the car was one of many that operated over electrified railways between communities in North Texas.

With only a handful of Interurban cars left in existence, #332 is an important addition to the Museum and stands as the only piece in the collection to represent such operations in Texas. Interurbans were popular during the first half of the 20th century, providing safe, reliable passenger and freight service along routes between growing North Texas communities. At one time, four companies provided service over electrified lines between Denison--Waco, and Denton--Corsicana via Dallas, as well as Terrell--Cleburne via Fort Worth, totaling a distance of nearly 350 miles.

NTTC #332 operated in freight service between Dallas and Fort Worth between 1912 and the mid-1930s. The car operated in and out of the Interurban Building in downtown Dallas. Opened in 1916 at Jackson and Browder Streets, the building still stands today, having recently been renovated.

Electric railways fell out of favor as automobiles and roads became more accessible. As operations declined, many Interurban cars became surplus. No.332 was sold to the highest bidder and used as a storage barn.

The car was privately acquired by local rail historian and collector, John Landrum and painstaking restored as a dining and lounge car by John and his father, Ed Landrum, one of the founders of the McKinney Avenue Trolley. John Landrum graciously provided transportation to Frisco and lifting of the car onto its new display track. The track was constructed at no cost to the Museum, a gift of American Rail Services of Sherman, Texas.

NTTC #332 is now situated just north of the Museum's Houston & Texas Central Railway depot in Frisco, Texas. Resplendent in the blue & cream livery of the early North Texas Interurban companies, the car is a tangible reminder of the many electric railways that criss-crossed Texas prior to the days when automobiles were commonplace.
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