At one time, electrified freight interurbans operated throughout the United States. Yet in the late 1990s, just three remained in service. Toiling under the wires as if time had passed them by, these survivors depended upon an assortment of antique motors to keep them rolling.
Pentrex traveled to Wisconsin in 1998 to record the East Troy Electric, which still pulled freight on an as-needed basis. The East Troy Electric utilized motor L-9 when it took part in moving fourteen special loads of stainless steel tubing. The next stop was San Antonio where Texas Transportation ran electric freight motors through the city’s streets to serve the iconic Pearl Brewery. Then we headed to Mason City, Iowa to view multiple motors on Iowa Traction. A ride aboard one of their historic motors gave us a great view of the motorman at work. During our visits, you’ll learn why these railroads continued to operate their old freight motors in modern times. If you love traction, you’ll be thrilled by the sight of these antique electrics at work in Juice, the Final Three Electric Interurban Freight Survivors!