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Capital Transit Rolls Again in DC

Posted in Street Cars with tags , , on June 19, 2009 by Kent

I stumbled upon this great snippet of historical footage that someone from the Amalagamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689 thankfully shared. The film and description below are from YouTube. The car barn in the opening sequences is the Northern Carhouse located at 4615 14th Street NW.

This short 16 mm film was discovered by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689 recently and converted. It appears to be shot in the early to mid 1950s.

Note African Americans working on track maintenance. Company segregation prohibiting African American bus and streetcar operators did not end until 1955. Some skilled maintenance departments were not desegregated until much later.

The Amalagamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689 African American maintenance members were full members of the union with all rights and benefits at that time.