On This Date in History (Part 2): A Car Is Reborn

After interurban service to Dallas ended, Northern Texas Traction Company’s car no. 25 was sold and converted into a residence on Eagle Mountain Lake (see Part 1). Lee Lavell of the T transit system and North Texas Historic Transportation said it took NTHT members, with the help of a few T employees, about five years to restore the car and get it back onto its wheels.

Car no. 25 is on display at the Intermodal Transportation Center downtown. Any restoration project involves scavenger hunts to find needed parts. NTHT found the trucks (motor, drivetrain, and wheel assemblies) for car no. 25 on a scrapped car in Indiana.

Two closer views of car no. 25.

Seats of restored car no. 25. (Photo by Lee Lavell.)

Overhead lights and ad placards of car no. 25. (Photo by Lee Lavell.)

Real wood, real shiny. (Photo by Lee Lavell.)

A stained-glass window of car no. 25.

A plaque beside car no. 25 lists people involved in the car’s restoration.

With new paint outside and polished wood inside, in 2002 the car was delivered to the ITC, where it is the centerpiece of Fort Worth’s ground-transportation hub. It sits there as the patriarch of local mass transit, the point where city buses, Greyhound buses, taxi cabs, automobiles, the Trinity Railway Express, and Amtrak trains converge. Car no. 25 probably doesn’t even miss having a kitchen sink.

Tomorrow: On This Date in History: The Face Behind the Base

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