The #15 Streetcar line uses up-dated PCC cars, dating back to 1947
- the work being done around 2009. They were upgraded with a
new electronic control system, taking a seat away right behind the operator, new
LED lights all over, widening of the center door, an ADA compliant wheelchair
lift, and air-conditioning. Work on the PCC's cost around $1.3 mil for
each car. The 17 cars were originally built by the St. Louis Car Co, rebuilt by the
Brookville Equipment Co, and carry the designation "PCC II".
The photo at the top of the page was
taken in July of 2005, shortly after being placed back into service, when they
were being used on the Surface Subway lines.
The line returned to service after a
13 year hiatus. SEPTA spent a reported $100 million on fixing up the line
and the cars, including some new trackwork and overhead lines. Buses were
used in the interim for service on the 15. The line re-opening was delayed
by a fight with residents along 59th street, which is needed to gain access to
the Callohill depot, which is where they operate out of.
SEPTA continues to receive criticism
over it's use of money to restore streetcar service, when opponents say the
money could be used for extending other lines or used elsewhere for something
more practical or income producing. Apparently, returning streetcar
service to the #15 line hasn't produced anything significant in the way of
neighborhood renewal or anything of that order.
In the continuing saga of on and off trolley service on the number 15 line,
SEPTA has decided to suspend trolley operations as of Sunday, 1/26/2020, for
maintenance of the cars and street/road work, and continue for the majority of
2021. Bus service will be substituted.
According to Railway Preservation dot com, the classic 1913 Callowhill
shops building is the oldest surviving facility of its kind on the SEPTA system.
One area of the facility remains for streetcar maintenance, while the remainder
has been converted for bus use.
The streetcar servicing part of the facility is on the north end, adjacent to Callowhill.
Streetcars enter off of 58th St. There are 7 tracks entering the barn, 6 coming out.
According to Google Maps, the building is 465 feet wide. It's 2 miles
from 30th Street Station, as the crow flies.
Beautiful trackwork at Callowhill and 59th, altho not all of it is used anymore....
Other Aerial Shots
Fancy track work "that used to be" at Girard Ave and Haverford/60th St:
Aerial shots where they caught a PCC car in action....
Just off of Girard Avenue, at the intersection of Frankford Ave and Wildey
St, sits this sign welcoming people to Fishtown, an
area in NE Philadelphia, as seen in one of the pictures above.
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