Niles Car and Manufacturing Company

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1908 Niles advertisement

The Niles Car and Manufacturing Company was a United States manufacturer of railroad equipment, including many streetcar and interurban cars.[1] It was founded in 1901 in Niles, Ohio, and ceased producing railroad cars in 1917; the plant and equipment were purchased by the Engel Aircraft Company to produce aircraft parts for the United States Army Signal Corps.[2][3] The company also produced equipment for the trucking industry, an industry reference citing 2 models of 1 and 2 tons respectively, costing $1500 to $2400, utilizing a worm drive and custom bodies to suit.[4]

Niles specialized in building wooden-bodied cars in the heyday of interurban building.[1] Its cars had a reputation of being well-built and stylish; Niles advertising called them "The Electric Pullmans."[5][6]

Customers[edit]

Niles' clients included[1] the:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hilton, George W.; Due, John F. (2000) [1960]. The Electric Interurban Railways in America. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-4014-3. 
  2. ^ "Baker's Brother got a Contract" (PDF). The New York Times. February 1, 1918. pp. 1, 6. 
  3. ^ Faurote, Fay L. (Ed.) (February 1919). The Aircraft Year Book. New York City, New York: Manufacturers Aircraft Association, Inc. pp. 149–153. Retrieved September 30, 2007. 
  4. ^ Barber, H.L. (1917). Story of the Automobile: Its History and Development from 1760 to 1917. Chicago, Illinois: A.J. Munson & Co. p. 238. Retrieved September 30, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Niles Car & Manufacturing Company". Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2007. 
  6. ^ American Street Railway Investments: Fifteenth Annual Volume: 1908. McGraw Publishing Company. 1908. p. XXI. Retrieved September 30, 2007. [dead link]