San Francisco Municipal Railway 1053

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Built in:1947 by St. Louis Car Company (ord#1649)
Type of car:streetcar (PCC, postwar)
Current Owner:San Francisco Municipal Railway(San Francisco, California)

Car History by Frank Hicks

San Francisco Municipal Railway 1053
One of a number of PCC streetcars still in active revenue service in the U.S. is this car, SFMR 1053. The acronym PCC refers to the Electric Railway Presidents Conference Committee, a group of street railway company representatives that in the early 1930's developed a design for a modern, standardized streetcar. The resulting PCC car was extremely successful and several thousand PCC's were built by two companies between 1936 and 1952. Philadelphia, the city for which 1053 was originally built, was one of the larger operators of PCC's and owned 570 at one point or another. This car was part of an order of 100 cars numbered 2701-2800 which made up Philadelphia's first order for postwar PCC's; built as two-man cars, they were later converted to one-man operation. Originally assigned to the Chestnut Hill and Chestnut Street routes, the 2700's eventually saw service all over the steadily shrinking Philadelphia city system. Car 2721 was one of the earlier cars in SEPTA's General OverHaul program and was rebuilt in late 1981. In the early 1990's SEPTA bought new streetcars; the 2700's were retired and 2721 was chosen to be rebuilt for SFMR's F-Market Line heritage streetcar operation. It was rebuilt by Morrison-Knudsen and painted to silver and turquoise to resemble a Brooklyn & Queens Transit PCC. It went into service as SFMR 1053 on the F-Line on September 1, 1995 and is still in everyday revenue service over half a century after it was built.

Ownership History:Philadelphia Transportation Company #2721 1947-1968 / Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority #2721 1968-1994 / San Francisco Municipal Railway #1053 1994-now / San Francisco Municipal Railway(San Francisco, California) 1994-present

Facts and Figures

Status:operated oftenGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:AREnded:SE
#Seats:55#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B-B)Total HP:220
Trucks:Clark B2Brakes:ElectricCompressor:n/a
Motors:WH 1432J (4)Voltage (if not 600DC)


Painted in Brooklyn & Queens Transit livery; operated on F-Market Line