Brake Handle from Interurban

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Object Type

Trolley Part

H&FRHS Catalog ID


Date or Period


Credit Line

Elizabeth Duke

Earliest Known Owner

Carroll James

Storage Location

On Loan to Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum


This handle operated the mechanical brake of one of the J.G. Brill Company manufactured H&F Interurban Combines.  The handle would be attached to a vertical pole to the right of the motorman.  A ratchet system on the floor would hold the pole in position when the handle was rotated, with a foot activated release switch in order to allow the brake handle to be rotated in the opposite direction for release.

This brake would be applied similarly to a parking brake, keeping the car securely stopped while passengers boarded and disembarked.

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