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DC Fireboat During Test

Posted in Fire Stations with tags , on June 26, 2009 by Kent

Following up on my earlier post of the fire station for Engine 16, is this video clip that I found on its Web site. I think its interesting to watch a fireboat in actions.

The description of the video is as follows: Engine 16, Tower 3, Fireboat, and Battalion 6 staged a water capacity drill – with the John Glenn supplying the wagon and tower pipes with water directly from the river. The drill was to demonstrate DCFD’s ability to supply water during a potential interruption of a continuous supply.

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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.