OPEN CARS FOR RENSSELAERITES THIS SUMMER---------------------------------
THE UNITED TRACTION CO. WILL SOON BEGIN WORK OF INSTALLING THE CURVES
Necessary to Get Permission of the City to Alter Grade - Permission of the Bridge Company Has Been Obtained as Well
Open cars are practically assured for patrons of the Cohoes Railway Co., cars (that do not operate in Cohoes, but 10 miles away in this city). However the management of the United Traction Company, which has a guiding hand in the affairs of the Cohoes Railway Co., assures The Rensselaer Eagle that the only thing that now stands in the way of open cars is the securing of necessary permission from the management of the Greenbush Bridge Co. and concession on the part of the city by which it will be possible to slightly alter the grade at the eastern end of the bridge.
When this permission is secured it will mean a saving of from three to five minutes on each trip that the Broadway and Third street cars make and during this season of the year it is a most important saving.
In these days when the draw of the Greenbush Bridge is opened several times an hour to permit the passage of boats the saving in time that it would be possible to make with the new curves installed will be appreciated, for often the matter of a couple of minutes means that a wait of 15 or 20 minutes may be avoided.
The United Traction Co. is having 50 new open cars of an improved type built at the Jones car works in Watervliet. They are to be ready for the summer traffic and it is hoped that Rensselaer will get half a dozen or more of the cars.
This J. M. Jones' Sons Trolley Advertisement showing open cars (vintage unknown) is from the Joseph A. Smith Collection, a treasure-trove of local rail photos. (Check out this 1865 train vs. open drawbridge picture: Green Island Bridge Train Wreck)