The Nearside or Near-Side car is a type of semi-convertible streetcar built by the American Car Company, J. G. Brill Company and G. C. Kuhlman Car Company. The car was designed with the influence of Thomas E. Mitten management engineers, a street railway management firm.
Mitten management pursued a streetcar that could board and discharge passengers safely at the "near-side" of an intersection, instead of the "far-side" of an intersection. The far-side board/discharge practice often created a gridlock, due to traffic being blocked at the entrance of the roadway the streetcar sat at.
With this, the Mitten engineers created a two-door, "muzzle-loading" entrance, in which passengers boarded and discharged at the same door. Later, some agencies had cut doors in the center of the car, making them essentially Peter Witt model cars.
Between the three manufacturers (American, Brill and Kuhlman), at least 2,090 cars were built. American Car Company provided only 4 known cars, Brill provided 1,877 known cars, while Kuhlman provided a lesser 209.
- Single-truck (varies between 19' 7" - 21' 2")
- Double-truck (varies between 34' 1" - 34' 2")
- British Columbia Electric Railway - Vancouver Metro Area, BC
- Batavia Traction Company - Batavia, NY
- Chicago Surface Lines - Chicago, IL
- Eugene Street Railway - Eugene, OR
- Fort Wayne and Northern Indiana Railroad - Fort Wayne, IN
- Goldsboro Traction Company - Goldsboro, NC
- Hagerstown and Frederick Railway - Frederick, MD
- International Railway Company - Buffalo, NY
- Lincoln Traction Company - Lincoln, NE
- Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company - Philadelphia, PA
- Portland, Eugene and Eastern Railway - Portland, OR
- Richmond and Rappahannock River Railway - Richmond, VA
- West Jersey and Seashore Railroad - Camden, NJ
|Year||Model||Thumbnail||Serial||Original Owner||Fleet Number||Current Owner|
|1923||Nearside||PRT||5205 (5287 after rebuild)||Electric City Trolley Museum|
|1912||Nearside (converted to Peter Witt)||PRT||6618 ||Electric City Trolley Museum|