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Philadelphia  –  PCC's for Girard

Rail Transit Online, December 2001 (corrected)

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority board of directors on Nov. 15 awarded a $22.7-million contract for overhaul of 18 PCC streetcars to Brookville Equipment Co., Pacific Marine, Inc. and the German firm of Mittenwalder Geratebau MGP GMBH. The cars will be used to restore rail service on Route 15-Girard, which was “temporarily” converted from trolleys to buses in 1992. Pacific Marine, headquartered in Seattle, assembled five Spanish Talgo trains for Amtrak and is to provide “passenger car assembly experience.” Mittenwalder has extensive experience rebuilding and modernizing European PCC cars. Brookville is supplying its newly designed replacement PCC truck to New Orleans for the RTA’s homebuilt Canal Street trolleys.  Brookville will fabricate the SEPTA trucks at its Brookville, Pennsylvania, plant. General Electric will supply the motors with chopper controls, probably from Kiepe Electric. The PCCs will be fitted with air conditioning, a wheelchair lift at the center door and surplus bus seats. The original door engines will be retained and refurbished. The work is to be performed between January 2002 and August 2003, and there’s an option for eight additional cars. Meanwhile, track and overhead renewal continues and is expected to be completed by next spring.

Click here for more information about Brookville's truck design.

(Note: Earlier reports that the truck design was from Mittenwalder of Germany were incorrect. The truck is designed and manufactured by Brookville. Only braking components come from Mittenwalder.)

The Brookville truck to be used for the Philadelphia PCC rebuild and the Canal Street cars in New Orleans.

The Brookville truck to be used for the Philadelphia PCC rebuild and the Canal Street cars in New Orleans.

 

 

 

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