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Re: BARTís New Fleet: Made in the USA, but Maybe Not in California

Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Sat Feb 25 14:29:58 2012, in response to Re: BARTís New Fleet: Made in the USA, but Maybe Not in California, posted by merrick1 on Sat Feb 25 13:32:43 2012.

They ran well, they were "production" w/options kinda like common automobiles rather than one-offs. PCC technology did very nicely in Cleveland, Boston, and Chicago for rapid transit cars. To say PCCs failed because bonehead "modernisation" promoters used one way streets and other auto favoring designs is erroneous. For instance PCCs ran until 62 in DC. Why were they junked? Congress demanded it. What was their weakest aspect? The idiotic conduit system which regularly shorted out in the winter after salt was spread to melt snow. And FWIW DC showed (Silver Sightseer) that PCCs could be air conditioned. When you visit SF take a ride on the jam packed "failing" F line.

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