Philadelphia Trolley Tracks:

Girard Avenue Pilot Car

August 1, 2003

1981 Kawasaki LRV 9077 was the first streetcar to traverse the entire length
of Route 15 since the renewal of rails, wires and infrastructure.

On Friday, August 1, LRV 9077 traversed the entire length of Route 15, as a pilot car. Accompanied by a parade of supervisors' "T-cars," a line truck, SEPTA pick-up trucks, a tow truck and a SEPTA Transit Police cruiser, 9077 made its way from Callowhill Depot, east to Madison loop, and back to 63rd Street. The tow truck used a draw-bar to pull the LRV under the railroad underpass on Richmond Street. (The overhead wire at that point has been temporarily "tied off" due to repeated assaults by trucks ignoring the "low clearance" signs.)

Click on photos for more detailed views, and captions.


9077 at 60th and Girard 9077 at 29th and Girard 9077 on Poplar St.
9077 at Girard College 9077 on Girard near 2nd St. 9077 on Girard at Columbia Av.
9077 on Girard near Frankford Av. 9077 on Richmond St near Somerset St. 9077 on Richmond St near Lehigh Av.
local freight above Richmond St. 9077 at Richmond and Clearfield 9077 in Westmoreland loop

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