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One-of-Two Senate Tunnel Studebakers to Make its First Voyage Under Its Own Power in Decades

Posted June 14, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Back and forth, all day long, 225 times per day, shuttling 100 of the most powerful men in the country. At least the drivers of the two electric Studebakers in the Congressional tunnels – one of which is scheduled to make its first voyage under its own power since the Eisenhower administration this weekend – didn’t have to contend with the D.C. weather.

With the pending completion of the Russell Senate Office Building and the Cannon House Office Building near the U.S. Capitol in 1908, Congressmen worried not so much about terrorist threats or intrepid newspapermen on their walks among the buildings but more the weather. The city offers humid, 100-degree summers and snowy, sub-freezing winters, both of which Congressmen found as hindrances to their duties.

This 100-year-old electric buggy ferried some of the most powerful men in the nation to and fro, and is set to run again quite soon.

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06/16/2017 11:16 AM

Kinda makes a Tesla look sick, doesn't it? At least it can move those cigar-smoking Senators butts quickly out of one chamber, and on to the other chamber.

Those seats don't look more than standard comfy. A true sign of your government in action. I have never found any seat in a federal facility to be all that comfortable.

No, I have never been in the "hot seat" under a single high watt incandescent bulb.

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06/22/2017 9:23 AM

What's interesting about Studebaker, is that it was the only horse-drawn carriage company to successfully transition to horseless carriages. My first car was a 1950 Studebaker Starlight coupe. It was older than I was. I got a few after that for parts. Eventually I had to give up on them. Wish otherwise. Still like them. I used to belong to the Studebaker's Drivers Club.

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06/22/2017 11:08 AM

Yes, I am imagine parts for a 1950 Studebaker are about as rare as hen's teeth these days, and a lot more expensive.

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