This photographic print shows a streetcar parked next to a stop on the Main Street line in Richmond, Virginia. A sign on the front of the streetcar reads “VA. LEAGUE / BASEBALL / TODAY / ISLAND PARK,” and one painted on the streetcar indicates that the fare is six cents. Two women are sitting on the streetcar. A driver and conductor are also on board the streetcar. Two additional conductors, one seated and one standing, are to the left.
This is such a great photo, so much detail of an early streetcar operation. A semi convertible car with all the windows up in the ceiling except for one, which is probably stuck. A single ended car with screens all down the left side. Track centers must have been close. The car in the background shows the left side with all the screens. Brill maximum traction trucks, 39E? Note the guards around the head light to protect it from the fender when it was up. Not sure why you would put a fender up on a single ended car. Noted the exact fare sign on the front of the car, but passengers would have probably boarded at the rear door and exited from the front. Looks like a US-6 trolley base I do not see much equipment under the car. I assume the car had air brakes, but maybe not. The open channel side sill is an interesting detail.
Must have been a hot day. Every door and window is open, except for the one right in front of the motorman. Even the clerestory windows are open. Must have been some kind of important junction for the streetcars with the extra crew standing by and a car on an intersecting line sitting in the background.