The first of six Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars dating to 1937 were returned to the west Texas city on March 19, following a detailed restoration and modernization program at Brookville Equipment Corporation’s manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania. They will be operated by the El Paso’s Mass Transit Department, known as Sun Metro.
The streetcars were removed from service in 1974 and kept in outdoor storage for decades before the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) and Brookville agreed in 2015 to restore the vehicles to new condition. The overhaul included repairing and replacing structural carbody components, new propulsion systems, complete rewiring, new interiors, and door system upgrades. The project also included the integration of key modern features and amenities, including HVAC systems, pantographs, and mobility device lifting system, among others.Railway Age Staff
Photo: Brookville Equipment Corp.