Nearside Streetcar

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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")
  • Single-ended
  • Double-ended


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Preserved cars

Year Model Thumbnail Serial Original Owner Fleet Number Current Owner
1923 Nearside PRT 5205 (5287 after rebuild)[1] Electric City Trolley Museum
1912 Nearside (converted to Peter Witt) PRT 6618 [2] Electric City Trolley Museum


  1. Electric City Trolley Museum Association, Car 5205 - Historic Background, accessed 11/26/2017
  2. Seashore Trolley Museum, PHILADELPHIA RAPID TRANSIT CO. 6618, accessed July 28, 2018.