58 Years Ago Today

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Streetcars stopped running on the streets of Cincinnati.

A PCC Car painted in Cincinnati colors still in service in San Fransisco
A PCC Car painted in Cincinnati colors still in service in San Fransisco

2 thoughts on “58 Years Ago Today

    Andy said:
    April 29, 2009 at 9:43 am

    It looks like the 52 cars that Cincinnati had lasted 12 years before the routes were scrapped (or were the cars replaced?) and the cars were sold. Does anyone know why this happened or more history about the previous street cars in Cincinnati?

    Streetcarman said:
    May 6, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    The San Francisco streetcar in the picture is a PCC (Presidents Conference Committee)
    model streetcar that was the standard model streetcar that was manufactured in the USA from 1936 to 1952. Cincinnati had these types of streetcars operating up to the time the last streetcar route was discontinued in the early 1950’s. The yellow (bumble bee) paint job on the San Francisco streetcar in the picture is identical to the Cincinnati color scheme on its streetcars. Although all the original Cincinnati PCC streetcars have been scrapped, there are similar PCC streetcars still in existence. VESCO (Vintage Electric Streetcar Company) has a large inventory of PCC streetcars in their railyard in Windber, PA. WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO SEE YELLOW PCC STREETCARS RUNNING ACROSS THE PURPLE PEOPLE BRIDGE CONNECTING THE NEWPORT AQUARIUM WITH THE STADIUMS, THE BANKS, THE TRANSPORTATION CENTER AND DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI? IF THERE IS ENOUGH INTEREST, VISION AND ABOUT $12 MILLION, I THINK WE COULD MAKE THIS HAPPEN IN TWO YEARS.

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