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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
Chestnut Hill Trolley

Description

In 1992, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority suspended service on the last three surface-only streetcar routes in Philadelphia:

These routes were the last ones in Philadelphia to operate PCC streetcars in regular service. In 2005, route 15 returned to rail operation using "PCC-II" streetcars remanufactured by Brookville Mine Equipment Corporation using some components and body parts from old Philadelphia PCC cars.

For a few years after the suspension, a few of the old PCC streetcars operated on weekends only, on the outermost portion of Route 23, between Chestnut Hill and the Germantown Depot in Mount Airy, a distance of about two miles. A similar operation ran on the portion of Route 23 in central Philadelphia (the "Welcome Line") during summer 1995. Because of budget cutbacks, the Chestnut Hill service was terminated in June 1996.

Pictures

[R] indicates pictures that have been rescanned beginning in 2006.

[R] [picture] A trolley waits at the end of the line in Chestnut Hill. [February 1996]

[R] [picture] A trolley prepares to turn onto Germantown Avenue after leaving the Chestnut Hill terminal to head south to Mount Airy. The terminal loop encircles the Border's Book Shop, whose upstairs coffee shop is a good place to sit and watch the trolleys. [February 1996]

[R] [picture] A trolley heads south along Germantown Avenue on its way to Mount Airy. [February 1996]

[R] [picture] The SEPTA headquarters on Market Street in central Philadelphia features a restored PCC car and a historical display. [February 1996]


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