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The badges are a typical set that a trainman would have had in the 1940s. The triangle badge
was worn on the 8 point cap that was adopted in 1940 and was in use until 1952 when the wheel and wing badge was introduced. The shield badge was used as an employee pass to be shown to conductors and drivers when off duty. In the 1920s it was also worn on the uniform for a short time. The buttons are standard coat and vest buttons that were used between 1900 and 1951.

This is the form that the motorman or operator would have to fill out at the end of his shift.

Denver Tramway used Johnson fareboxes which had built in counter readout dials and the .04 will have an original farebox as it did during operation.  Click here to see a larger copy of the form The sign says it all but the interurbans ran until July 1 except the .04 that operated until  very early the next day
The above capation says it all
A well dressed motorman with his badge properly displayed. Courtesy John Cox North Division baseball team. Look at those shirts. I wouldn't mind having one! Click here to see a larger copy of the picture. Courtesy John Cox

In the blizzard of 1913 city cars were fitted with wedge plows and run wherever they could including the interurban lines. Courtesy John Cox Electric car heats occasionally started fires. Courtesy John Cox

Woeber built most of streetcars and interurbans used in Front Range towns  and cities including the .04,  The car was built for double end operation as it was originally used as a Sight Seeing car. Later, it was rebuilt for single ended operation. The workers shown above most likely included those that operated the .04. The picture dates from 1911. Courtesy John Cox
 A Denver Tramway construction warning  lantern which is embossed "Stolen from the Denver Tramway" More for the motorman or conductor to remember. Courtesy John Cox

Some interesting and unusual employee tickets. Courtesy John Cox

These photos show digging out the line between Arvada and Leyden after the 1913 blizzard.  As is typical of Colorado snowstorms, the wind blows snow into the cuts and scours the higher ground. This same problem plagued railroads in eastern Colorado as well. Jimmy Adams, the Superintendent of North Division at the time is shown by the X in the first photo.  Courtesy John Cox


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