Then and Now
Trolley Car Barn

West Point Car Barn 1905
Trolley car barn for the Montgomery Traction Company at West Point Pike and Oak Street. 1905.
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Built in 1902 at the site of the West Point Engine and Machine Company (later the West Point Manufacturing Company), the trolley car barn was 43 feet wide and 162 feet long. Near it was a power house, 70 X 64 feet, both built of brick. (The powerhouse, now gone, was located on Cottage Avenue.) 700,000 bricks came from Edward Vaughan of the West Point Brick Yard. The company gave the community the contracts for materials and labor, as far as possible.

By 1912 the trolley had stopped running and the building was bought by Harry M. Nase, owner of the general store. Nase sold it to Enos Vaughan (son of Edward) in 1916. Vaughan had designs to turn it into dwellings, and actually completed a few, but the venture didn't seem to be successful.

Colorcon headquarters
Colorcon headquarters in 2009 . About the only thing that still looks the same is the peak in the roof.
Colorcon Headquarters
Harwick Manufacturing
Home of Harwick Manufacturing Company. Photo taken in1952
Harwick made custom truck bodies, including fire trucks. This photo shows the new fire truck made
for the West Point Fire Company. Trucks were made for other nearby fire departments, including:
  1947 - Harleysville Fire Company                   
1957 - North Penn Volunteer Fire Company   
1956 - Goodwill (Trexlertown) Fire Company
1956 - Plymouth Fire Company                      
1964 - Skippack Fire Company   
Harwick Manufacturing, West Point, PA