East Troy Railroad Open Car 21
Car 21 is a reproduction of an 1890s-style open streetcar, constructed by museum volunteer Paul Averdung starting in 1975. It was moved to East Troy in 1985. While mostly built from scratch, the brass work is cast from original parts off a scrapped open car. The truck was imported from Milan, Italy and the controllers are from a Belgian streetcar. The car uses a Westinghouse UH10 air compressor, which is ordinarily used in electric trolley buses. The original streetcar wheels were replaced with standard railroad pattern wheels in 1993 to improve operation on our track. The car was given number 21 because a plate with that number was found attached to the truck. The car is a favorite in good weather and is affectionately called "Bucky" for its unique single-truck riding quality.