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Corgi Vintage Bus Lines US55204
Birney Safety Car Diecast Model
United Railways and Electric Co., Destination Fremont Ave, Baltimore, MD

Limited Edition
1980
Pieces Worldwide

1:50 Scale   Length   Width
Birney Safety Car   6"   2.25"

The Birney Safety Car is a type of streetcar that was manufactured in the United States in the 1910s and 1920s. The design was small and light and was intended to be an economical means of providing frequent service at a lower infrastructure and labor cost than conventional streetcars. Production of Birney cars lasted from 1915 until 1930, and more than 6,000 of the original, single-truck version were built. Several different manufacturers built Birney cars. The design was the first mass-produced standard streetcar (albeit with minor variations) in North America.

Birney Safety Car

Designed to provide frequent transportation service without the high labor and infrastructure costs of conventional streetcars, the Birney Safety Car was patented in 1917 and 1919. This small, light car was inexpensive to build and required only one operator, which saved transportation authorities the cost of hiring a conductor in addition to a motorman. Thousands of Birney cars were in service through the end of WWI, when their popularity began to decline because of growing public perception that they were "flimsy" (they could not travel in snowy conditions and their limited passenger capacity made them poorly suited for busy service).

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Corgi's 1:50 scale Birney Trolley car series features its chassis, loaded with a multitude of individual transparent windows, constructed entirely of diecast metal. The conductor controls are visible through the large windows located at each end of the car. When held to the light, a fully rendered passenger cabin and can be seen inside. The two spring-loaded pole bases rotate on top of the car with metal trolley poles that pivot and can be lowered into its catch for proper display. The underside features details of the braking system in diecast metal, metal track wheel and simulated wooden racks and bumpers at each end.

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Corgi Vintage Bus Lines

The Corgi "Vintage Bus Lines" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of mass-transit vehicles.

Corgi "Vintage Bus Lines" diecast vehicles feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Detailed rotating wheels with rubber tires.
  • Realistic panel lines and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.

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