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Philadelphia PCC farewell

PCC operation in Philadelphia suddenly came to an end of 25 January when line 15 (Girard) was converted to 'temporary' bus operation, ostensibly to permit the replacement of the I-95 bridge over Frankford Avenue over two years. No announcement of the bus substitution had been made to passengers, but news leaked out from the motormen, and many enthusiasts descended on the city for a final ride.

The line is supposed to re-open in due course, but with just eight of the 18 1940s-built Brookville 14.2m PCCs that were rebuilt in 2003-5 available at the end, SEPTA has indicated that trams will probably not return until new articulated low-floor cars are delivered (so far not even the subject of a tender), although a hastily organised public meeting was told that the closure time would be used to 'fix' the PCCs.

4 February 2020

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