Pole Change

 RTM Photo: Pole Change

Outside, the conductor will raise the front pole and then lower the rear pole. That is so the trolley can troll along on the overhead wire behind the car to pick up the 550 volt DC power on which the motors operate. Yes, the "trolley" is really the brass harp with the carbon insert at the end of the pole. Trolley cars got their name because they had a "Trolley". Today many cities run buses with round ends and the word, "trolley", painted on the side. None of them has a trolley nor does any of them feel remotely like a real trolley; now you know the difference. The motorman will reverse the direction of the seats (in some cars) and take the operating handles to the other end of the car. Most trolley cars operate from either end; the motorman determines which end is the front.

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