Traction madneess? Take the electric ambulance ...

David Mummery is writing a blog called "Traction Madness, modeling Insull's Empire" .

If you are feeling mad, Chicago Surface Lines may detain the answer : They rode in the 20ies a "Psychopathic Hospital Car". This were in fact ambulance cars, with separate compartments for men and women, equipped with seats, beds and toilets.

This cars have probably carried mental ill out of the town to a hospital. It is clear, if we can joke now about it, in this time it was in fact not funny, not for the patients, and not for the accompanying staff.

(Extract from Electric Railway Historical Society Bulletin 38, Car plans of Chicago Surface Lines).

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