The Tramways of Quito
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(01) J. G. Brill factory photograph of 2-axle tram number 1, the first of four cars that the U.S. company constructed for Quito in 1914. [col. AM]
(02) Tram 1, the same shown in picture 01, on Av. 18 de Septiembre in Quito. This street is called Av. 10 de Agosto today [see map]. [pc, col. AM]
(03) Tram 3 near the north end of the line on Av. Colón [see map]. The camera is pointed west. [pc, col. AM]
(04) The tram depot on Av. 18 de Septiembre at Calle Jorge Washington [see map]. ["Quito Has a Modern Tramway System" in AERA, New York, 11/1928, p. 679]
(05) Another picture taken in Philadelphia of one of the two 4-axle trams that Brill built for Quito in 1915. [Brill Magazine, Philadelphia, 4/1915, p. 17]
(06) Brill tram 50, also shown in picture 05, at Plaza de Santo Domingo in Quito [see map]. It will turn around the church on the left and descend Calle Maldonado. [pc, col. AM]
(07) View north up the steep grade on Calle Maldonado [see map]. That's the steeple of Santo Domingo church. [pc, col. AM]
(08) Farther south, Calle Maldonado crosses a bridge over a ravine called Túnel de la Paz (Peace Tunnel) [see map]. [pc, col. AM]
(09) This modern telephone card reproduces an old photograph of 8-axle tram 51 at the Túnel de la Paz. [col. AM]

(10) A later view of Túnel de la Paz, after reconstruction. Today Av. 24 de Mayo passes below [see map]. [pc, col. AM]

(11) An early view down Maldonado, taken from the steeple of Santo Domingo Church [see map]. The bridge had not yet been realigned. [pc, col. AM]
(12) A 4-axle car crossing another bridge on Calle Maldonado, over Río Machángara [see map]. Trolleybuses speed through here today. [pc, col. AM]
(13) Postcard view of an unidentified street in the central area. [col. AM]

(14) Brill car 5 of 1916, photographed somewhere in Quito in 1946. [Al Mankoff]

(15) Brill car 4 built in 1914, photographed in 1946. [Al Mankoff]
(16) Quito trams carried more than just passengers. Picture taken in 1946. [Al Mankoff]
(17) A gasoline-powered tram of the Compañía Nacional de Tranvías. The chassis, truck and motor came from Germany, but the car body was built in Ecuador. [col. AM]

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