The first of SEPTA’s rebuilt PCC-II cars dedicated for the Route 15 trolley was delivered September 9 to the Elmwood shop. A total of 18 retired trolleys, vintage 1947, were disassembled down to bare metal, corrosion repaired. The result is a unique vehicle, blending the historical look with modern passenger amenities. Improvements included air conditioning, accessibility, state-of-the-art propulsion/braking, and modern seating. Brookville Equipment Company of Brookville, PA performed the rebuild for a cost per car of $1,224,695.00.
- Automatic Heating and Air Conditioning
- Wheelchair access at center doors with flip-up seats and securement.
- New interior linings for thermal and sound isolation.
- Passenger Stop Request and PA system
- Original style “Art Deco” lighting
- Stainless steel seating with cloth-upholstered inserts
LTK and SEPTA developed several concepts, solicited industry suggestions, researched available hardware, and then developed a procurement document for this project. Staff specialists also evaluated proposals, studied HVAC alternatives, and oversaw all engineering testing.
After the September 9, 2003, delivery of 2320 by roll-on/roll-off truck, each trip delivered a car and took back a hulk. On arrival in Brookville each hulk was stripped to bare metal. Body repairs, new roofs and structural modifications were done with the extent of work decided on a case-by-case basis due the variations in hulk condition. New floors were then installed, HVAC ducting added, interior lining added, seats installed, and the car then repainted. The last car, 2337, was delivered on November 23, 2004.
The PCC-II features new Brookville Equipment Company- designed trucks, Vossloh/Kiepe electrical equipment, Brookville gear units, disc brakes, a ThermoKing roof-mounted LRV-style HVAC unit, and a solid state 24 volt APS battery supply. The Vossloh/Kiepe auxiliary power and propulsion equipments utilize modern IGBT technology with regenerative braking. New magnetic track brakes were fitted. The HVAC uses 407C environmentally friendly refrigerant.
The cars are 46 ft, . 6 in. in length and 8 ft., 5 in. in width with an overall height of 11 ft. 9 in. There is a seating capacity without wheelchairs of 46 and with two wheelcairs a capacity of 40. There is a total capacity of 70, seated and standing.
The electrical equipment from Germany and the air conditioners from the Czech Republic were shipped well ahead of being needed for each car. After finalization of the wiring on the pilot car, Brookville subcontracted wire bundle preparation and electrical cabinet fabrication to a specialty firm in Pittsburgh. The car has significant Pennsylvania content.