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Philadelphia and New Orleans choose 'PCC' contractor

SEPTA Philadelphia has awarded a USD 22.6 million contract for the remanufacture of 18 PCC cars to Brookville Equipment Corporation of Brookville, PA. The company will work with Pacifica Marine of Seattle and Mittenwalde Gerätebau of Germany to completely rebuild 18 1947-built St Louis PCCs for the re-opening of tram route 15 (Girard Ave). The same company has also been contracted to supply new broad-gauge PCC-type bogies to New Orleans to be fitted to replica trams under construction for the new Canal Street Line. The remanufactured PCCs will receive new GEC motors and electrical control equipment from Kiepe Electric. The rebuilt cars will be air conditioned and equipped with centre-door wheelchair lifts.

19 & 23 November 2001

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