STREETCAR PHOTO GALLERY of the types and models of vehicle
that ran the streets of Topeka from horse car to steam
dummys to "electrics".
Gomaco trolley car, similar to those running in Topeka,
early electric era.
Next two bottom:
Jewett Memphis cars identical to the Topeka
Jewetts. Compare to the historic photos of Jewett Topeka
cars on your LEFT.
This car is in current
use in Seattle, Washington.
MODERN PHOTOS BELOW
These photos are taken
by modern-day photo- graphers of cars running in various
ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE
Section of Photos is from the Publication Omni-Buses to
One of the five Jewett Car Company interurban-type electric
cars purchased in 1903 by Topeka Railway Co., for service
on an interurban line, Topeka to Kansas City, that was
never built. For the next seven summers the big green
cars were familiar sights to Topekans who knew them only
as “Vinewood cars,” because of their service
on the Vinewood Park line. A new Jewett interurban car
is shown here in front of the old Santa Fe office building
on Jackson street, between 9th and Tenth. The car’s
wooden pilot (commonly called a “cow-catcher”
would, a year or two later, be replaced by a wide metal
fender, standard equipment on all Topeka Railway cars.
Photo, Ray Hilner, who also furnished the following specifications
for Jewett cars.
Freight train with Topeka Railway’s
electric locomotive, probably on Jackson street near the
Rock Island switch tracks. In 1905, this single locomotive
handled an average of 15 cars a day, ten of which were
cut or crushed stone from the Vinewood quarry. Photo by