Good Used Cars
| While today,
Philadelphia's streetcars are being sold to transit operations all over
the country, there was a time when Philadelphia bought PCCs from other
cities. In the 1950's, PTC bought forty ex-Kansas City Missouri PCCs,
and another fleet from St. Louis, MO. The ex-St. Louis cars didn't last
long, but the Kansas City cars were to remain in service here into the
1980's. For the U.S. Bicentennial, SEPTA repainted the surviving twenty-seven
Kansas City cars red white and blue, and lettered them for the original
colonies. They were the mainstays of route 50, which ran past Independence
1946 ex-KC 2254, the Pennsylvania on Wyoming Avenue in Feltonville on June 15, 1977. photo © Mike Szilagyi
Between 1955 and 1983, used PCC cars from St. Louis, Kansas City, Birmingham and Toronto have seen use in Philadelphia.
photos by Mike Szilagyi
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