G. C. Kuhlman Car Company

The G. C. Kuhlman Car Company was a leading American manufacturer of streetcars and interurbans in the early 20th century.[1] The company was based in Cleveland, Ohio.

G.C. Kuhlman Car Company
IndustryRail transport
Founded1870; 152 years ago (1870)
HeadquartersCleveland, Ohio, USA
Area served
High-speed trains
Intercity and commuter trains
People movers
Signalling systems
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A Kuhlman-built ex-Cleveland streetcar preserved at the Seashore Trolley Museum

The Kuhlman Car Company was founded in 1892[1] by Gustav C. Kuhlman (c.1859-1915), his father and three other brothers. It was acquired by the J. G. Brill Company in 1904, but continued building under the Kuhlman name. It was reorganized in 1931 as J. G. Brill of Ohio, but ceased operations completely in 1932.[1]

Before it closed, as the market for electric streetcars and interurban cars began to contract, Brill gave Kuhlman the additional task of building steel diners.[2]

The company's main clients were railways in Ohio, Michigan, New York, and Illinois, as well as streetcar operating companies in Akron, Detroit, Cleveland and Montreal, Quebec.




  1. ^ a b c Middleton, William D. (1967). The Time of the Trolley, p. 423. Milwaukee: Kalmbach Publishing. ISBN 0-89024-013-2.
  2. ^ "G. C. Kuhlman Car Co". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. May 18, 2002. Retrieved January 27, 2013.

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