Presidents' Conference Committee (Toronto streetcar)

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Presidents' Conference Committee car
PCC 4500 at Humber Loop.jpg
PCC 4500 (one of two remaining PCC streetcars owned by the TTC) is seen at Humber Loop
Manufacturer St. Louis Car Company (Canadian Car & Foundry) and Pullman-Standard
Constructed 1938–1951
Number in service 2 (for charter use and Special occasions)
Capacity 46 (103 including standees) → 'crush'-load: 134 max.
Operator Toronto Transit Commission
Line(s) served Toronto Streetcar System
Specifications
Car length 46 feet (14.02 m)
Doors 2
Weight 37,400 lb (17,000 kg)/53,000 kg (117,000 lb) (empty/full)
Traction system 4 × 48 hp or 36 kW continuous,
4 × 55 hp or 41 kW one hour (rating)
Acceleration max. 4.3 mph/s (6.9 km/(h·s))
Deceleration max. 9.0 mph/s (14.5 km/(h·s)) – service 3.6 mph/s (5.8 km/(h·s))
Electric system(s) 600 V DC Overhead trolley wire
Track gauge 4 ft 10 78 in (1,495 mm) Toronto gauge
Presidents' Conference Committee (Toronto streetcar)
Specifications
Minimum curve 36 ft (10.973 m)
Traction motors DC
Career

The Presidents' Conference Committee Car was a streetcar used by the Toronto Transportation Commission and the Toronto Transit Commission. The PCC streetcar was designed by the Presidents' Conference Committee, a group of transit operators in the United States and Canada. The TTC version was built in Montreal, Quebec by Canadian Car & Foundry under license from the St. Louis Car Company of St. Louis, Missouri.

Of the 745 PCC streetcars the TTC owned—the largest fleet in North America—only two remain in operation. Cars 4500 and 4549 display their original 1951 fleet numbers, although renumbered 4604 and 4605 for record-keeping purposes after rebuilding in 1989. Classified A-15H (for Historic), the two cars are retained for charter service, although they often operate on summer Sundays on the 509 Harbourfront route.

Most of the PCC streetcars owned by the TTC were purchased new, although 225 were purchased secondhand from other transit companies as their PCC fleets were withdrawn from service. Many of the TTC's retired PCC cars were purchased by other organizations.

Fleet[1][2][edit]

Fleet Numbers Year(s) Built Builder Class Withdrawn Notes
4000–4139 1938 CC&F A-1 1966
4150–4199 1940 CC&F A-2 1972
4200–4259 1941–1942 CC&F A-3 1971
4260–4274 1943–1944 CC&F A-4 1970
4275–4299 1944–1945 CC&F A-5 1970
4300–4399 1947 CC&F A-6 1992
4400–4499 1949 CC&F A-7 1992 Multiple-Unit cars
4500–4549 1950–1951 CC&F A-8 (1992) 4500 & 4549 still in service: see note for A-15 cars.
4550–4574 1947 St. Louis A-9 1982 Ex-Cincinnati Street Railway 1150–1174; purchased 1950.
4575
4576–4601
1939
1940
St. Louis A-10 1975 Ex-Cincinnati Street Railway 1100–1126; purchased 1950. 1100 was a pre-production demonstrator.
4600–4618 1986–1991 TTC A-15 1995 Rebuilt from A-8 class cars 4505/12/37/48/00/49/28/36/44/26/41/40/43/03/09/18/15/39; 4601 rebuilt by Can Car Rail; 4604 & 4605 retain original numbers 4500 & 4549, are classified as A-15H and are restored as closely as possible to original condition for tour service.
4625–4674 1946 Pullman A-11 1982 MU; ex-Cleveland Transit System 4200–4249; purchased 1952.
4675–4699 1946 St. Louis A-12 1982 MU; ex-Cleveland Transit System 4250–4274 (built as Louisville Railway Company 501–525); purchased 1952.
4700–4747 1946–1947 Pullman A-13 1983 Ex-Birmingham Electric Company 800–847; purchased 1952.
4750–4752
4753–4779
1947
1946
St. Louis A-14 1977 Ex-Kansas City Public Service Company 526/35/55, 727/40/47/49/54/56/57/60/62/65/67/69/71/73/75/76/78/79/80/82/84/85/89/90/92/93/94; purchased 1957.
RT-14 & RT-15 1949 / 1970 TTC none 1989 Subway Rail Grinding train; rebuilt from 4446 and 4410.
W-30 & W-31 1946 / 1976 TTC none 2002 Surface Rail Grinding train; rebuilt from 4631 and 4668.
CC&F Canadian Car & Foundry
Pullman Pullman-Standard
St. Louis St. Louis Car Company
TTC Toronto Transit Commission

Disposals[edit]

After their retirement, several of the TTC's PCCs were sold for different purposes.

Continued operation[1][edit]

Operator TTC Class Car numbers
Alexandria, Egypt A-1 4002 4005 4006 4007 4011 4022 4023 4026 4027 4034 4036 4037 4043 4049 4056 4068 4069 4070 4082 4087 4090 4093 4094 4095 4099 4101 4103 4108 4111 4113 4114 4115 4116 4118 4121 4126 4127 4131 4134
A-2 4151 4155 4156 4157 4160 4162 4164 4167 4169 4170 4172 4174 4178 4181 4183 4184 4185 4188 4190 4192 4193 4195 4195 4196
A-3 4200 4201 4202 4205 4209 4210 4211 4212 4213 4217 4218 4221 4222 4223 4224 4225 4229 4231 4232 4233 4235 4236 4238 4239 4240 4242 4244 4248 4249 4250 4251 4254 4255 4256 4258
A-4 4260 4262 4263 4264 4265 4266 4267 4268 4270 4272 4273 4274
A-5 4276 4277 4278 4279 4280 4281 4282 4283 4287 4288 4293 4295 4297 4298 4299
A-10 4575 4576 4577 4579 4580 4581 4582 4583 4584 4585 4587 4588 4590 4591 4592 4598
Purchased 1968. Originally numbered 901 to 1027, in random order. (13 of the 140 cars never entered service.) 28 cars converted to two-car trains in 1975-1975 and renumbered 600–627. 57 cars converted to double-ended three-car trains in 1972–1978 and renumbered 301–357. All withdrawn by 1984.[3]
Transportes Eléctricos de Tampico, Tampico, Mexico A-3 4226 4228 4247 4253
A-10 4578 4586 4589 4593 4597 4599
Purchased 1971–1972. System abandoned on 13 December 1974.[4]
SEPTA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania A-13 4706 4707 4709 4710 4711 4718 4724 4726 4727 4728 4729 4731 4732 4734 4740 4741 4744 4746
A-14 4750 4751 4756 4759 4761 4762 4765 4767 4772 4773 4779
Purchased 1976 for $12,500 each. Renumbered 2300–2318 and 2200–2210, in order. All retired 1981–1983.[5]
San Francisco Municipal Railway A-14 4752 4754 4757 4758 4763 4764 4769 4770 4771 4775 4777
Purchased 1973, operated during the 1970s, retired 1980. Renumbered SFMR 1190, 1180–1189, in order.
Kenosha Electric Railway A-15 4606 4609 4610 4615 4616 4617
Used one at a time on a two-mile (3 km) downtown loop.

Preservation & other uses[edit]

TTC Nº Owner Location Status Notes
“1074” San Francisco Municipal Railway San Francisco, CA Operational ex-Twin City Rapid Transit built by St. Louis Car Company and rebuilt by Brookville Equipment Corporation; repainted as TTC 1074 (a wooden ex-Toronto Railway Company car)
4000 Halton County Radial Railway Rockwood, ON note A
4341 SuperBurger Primrose, ON Non-operational used as a diner car
4349 Edmonton Radial Railway Society Edmonton, AB Operational
4359 Bombardier Transportation Thunder Bay, ON Scrapped had been displayed outside the plant from the early 1990s until 2007, then relocated behind the facility; ultimately removed and sold for scrap
4367 Edmonton Radial Railway Society Edmonton, AB Operational
4386 Halton County Radial Railway Rockwood, ON A
4404 Tahoe Airport Generic Railway Lake Tahoe, CA Stored for later use for future line in area
4426 Halton County Radial Railway Rockwood, ON A
4427 privately owned Puslinch, ON Non-operational previous used as part of Langford Restaurant (Langford, ON)[6]
4434 A Streetcar Named Dessert Springville, NY Non-operational used as dessert restaurant
4456 Bombardier Transportation Thunder Bay, ON Scrapped see 4359
4460 privately owned Perris, CA Static display
4472 Tahoe Airport Generic Railway Lake Tahoe, CA Stored for later use for future line in area
4476 Gomaco Trolley Company Ida Grove, IA Unknown
4478 Colorado Springs & Interurban Railway Colorado Springs, CO Static display
4524 Vintage Electric Streetcar Company Windber, PA Unknown
4524 Perkinsfield Perkinsfield, ON Non-operational attached to building
4560 Langford Restaurant Langford, ON Non-operational part of restaurant
4600 Halton County Radial Railway Rockwood, ON A
4601 Michigan Transit Museum Mount Clemens, MI Static display
4602 National Capital Trolley Museum Silver Spring, MD Operational purchased from Trolleyville USA (Olmsted Falls, OH) in 2009
4603 National Capital Trolley Museum Silver Spring, MD Operational
4607 Valley Metro Phoenix, AZ Static display
4608 Old Pueblo Trolley Tucson, AZ Static display
4611 Halton County Radial Railway Rockwood, ON A
4612 Edmonton Radial Railway Society Edmonton, AB Operational
4613 McKinney Avenue Transit Authority Dallas, TX Static display
4614 McKinney Avenue Transit Authority Dallas, TX Static display
4618 Halton County Radial Railway Rockwood, ON Static display used as the museum ice cream shop
4655 Northern Ohio Railway Museum Chippewa Lake, OH Stored unrestored and heavily damaged
4656 Northern Ohio Railway Museum Chippewa Lake, OH Stored unrestored and heavily damaged
4662 Buckeye Lake Buckeye Lake, OH Stored unrestored and heavily damaged
4663 Buckeye Lake Buckeye Lake, OH Stored unrestored and heavily damaged
4674 privately owned 57 Finch Avenue, Pickering, ON Unknown unrestored and altered
4684 Halton County Radial Railway Rockwood, ON A
4716 The Boutique Thornhill, ON Scrapped former office space for Shylow Farms
4752 Static Outdoor Exhibit Kansas City, MO Static display restored; acquired from Western Railway Museum; operated as SFMR 1190
4774 La Pentola Ristorante North York, ON Scrapped part of restaurant; stored and later scrapped
W-30 Halton County Radial Railway Rockwood, ON A
W-31 Halton County Radial Railway Rockwood, ON A

Notes[edit]

A: Some cars restored and operational; some waiting for restoration.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bromley, John F.; May, Jack (1978) [1973]. Fifty Years of Progressive Transit: A History of the Toronto Transit Commission (2 ed.). New York: Electric Railroaders' Association. p. 161. LCCN 73-84892. 
  2. ^ Kohler, Peter C. (10 November 2006). "Toronto’s Boomer PCCs". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  3. ^ John F Bromley (23 October 2009). "Streetcars on the Waterfront (1968)". Steve Munro. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Allen Morrison (2003). "The Tramways of Tampico". Electric Transport in Latin America: Past & Present. Allen Morrison. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Rev. E. Casey (24 July 1999). "SEPTA buys used PCCs from Toronto: Thirty PCCs Bought to Relieve Car Shortage". Philadelphia Trolley Tracks. Mike Szilagyi. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.cptdb.ca/index.php?showtopic=988

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