San Francisco Municipal Railway 1054

Built in:1948 by St. Louis Car Company (ord#1666)
Out-of-service/Retired:n/a (2003)
Type of car:streetcar (PCC, postwar)
Current Owner:San Francisco Municipal Railway(San Francisco, California)

Car History by Frank Hicks

San Francisco Municipal Railway 1054
One of a number of PCC streetcars to survive in active revenue service into the 21st century is this car, SFMR 1054. 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 1054 was originally built, was one of the larger operators of PCC's and owned 570 at one time or another. This car was part of an order of 110 cars numbered 2091-2200 which made up Philadelphia's second and largest order for postwar PCC's. These cars were built as one-man cars and during their service lives saw service all over the steadily shrinking Philadelphia city system. Car 2121 was one of the earlier cars in SEPTA's General OverHaul program and was rebuilt in early 1981. In the early 1990's SEPTA bought new streetcars; the 2100's were retired and 2121 was chosen to be rebuilt for SFMR's F-Market Line heritage streetcar operation. It was rebuilt by Morrison-Knudsen and painted silver, cream and blue to resemble a Philadelphia Rapid Transit PCC. It went into service as SFMR 1052 on the F-Line on September 1, 1995 and operated in everyday revenue service for over eight years. In November 2003, though, it was involved in a collision with a modern light rail vehicle which stove in the back end of 1054 and severely bent the frame. It is currently in storage, so severely damaged that it will probably never run again.

Ownership History:Philadelphia Transportation Company #2121 1948-1968 / Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority #2121 1968-1994 / San Francisco Municipal Railway #1054 1994-now / San Francisco Municipal Railway(San Francisco, California) 1994-present

Facts and Figures

Status:stored inoperableGauge: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 Philadelphia Rapid Transit livery; wreck damaged