Fares, please! A new (old) addition for 2743

A vintage farebox has been installed inside Philadelphia Transportation Co. 2743. (Mike Lawson photo.)

A trolley wouldn’t be a trolley without somewhere to stash passengers’ tokens and cash.

Fareboxes of one kind or another have been an integral part of public transit since its earliest, horse-drawn days. And now, Philadelphia Transportation Co. PCC car 2743 once again has a vintage version planted next to the operator’s seat.

Volunteer Mike Lawson recently completed installation of the contraption on 2743’s front platform.

“There were lots of holes drilled in the floor for the various fareboxes that were used over the years but I found the right set and now the farebox is exactly where it was originally,” Mike said.

For more on recent restoration work, click here.