1911 Osgood Bradley Trolley

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Veteran's Square Diner 1911 Osgood Bradley Trolley The Veterans Square Diner opened in West Warwick, RI in 1941 and was operated for more than fifty years by the Richter family until it was abandoned and...

The Veterans Square Diner opened in West Warwick, RI in 1941 and was operated for more than fifty years by the Richter family until it was abandoned and discovered by Richard Shappy. Prior to its use as a diner, it had been an Osgood Bradley Trolley that operated on the streets of Providence and surrounding cities for approximately thirty years. A meticulous restoration has been underway for the past ten years as the following photos will show.

DSC00707 The 1911 Trolley was transformed into a diner in 1940, and it was operated as the Veteran's Square Diner in West Warwick, Rhode Island for the next fifty years.

The 1911 Trolley was transformed into a diner in 1940, and it was operated as the Veteran's Square Diner in West Warwick, Rhode Island for the next fifty years.

DSC00733 The diner exterior is being removed to expose the old trolley.

The diner exterior is being removed to expose the old trolley.

DSC00736 Most of the diner exterior is removed. Trussing is installed to provide strength for transporting the trolley.

Most of the diner exterior is removed. Trussing is installed to provide strength for transporting the trolley.

DSC00744 Trolley has been lifted off the foundation by the rigging company, and is almost ready to roll.

Trolley has been lifted off the foundation by the rigging company, and is almost ready to roll.

DSC00709 Interior of trolley after closing as a diner.

Interior of trolley after closing as a diner.

DSC00710 Interior of small diner. It seated only ten people.

Interior of small diner. It seated only ten people.

DSC00737 Interior with trussing completed.

Interior with trussing completed.

DSC00740 Interior trussing is complete. The trolley is ready for the journey to the Dick Shappy facility in Providence.

Interior trussing is complete. The trolley is ready for the journey to the Dick Shappy facility in Providence.

DSC00863 July 1st, 2005. A sad end to a piece of American transportation history as the United Electric Railway

July 1st, 2005. A sad end to a piece of American transportation history as the United Electric Railway "trolley barn" in Cranston, Rhode Island is demolished.