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PCC streetcar
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Three PCCs on the San Francisco Municipal Railway's F-line. An example of one double-ended streetcar and two former SEPTA cars.
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Interior of a PCC car
Manufacturer St. Louis Car Company
Constructed 1936-1952
Entered service 1936-
Scrapped 1950s-1998
Number built 5000
Capacity 52-61 Seats
Car length 46-50.5 ft
Width 100-108 inches
Weight 35,000-42,000 lbs
Traction system 4 x 55 HP motors, 43/6 (~7.17) gear ratio
Electric system(s) 600 VDC full electric
Braking system(s) 1)-Dynamic Service Braking; 2)-Friction for Final Stop, Park; 3)-Magnetic
Track gauge Wide, Standard, Narrow Gauges

The PCC (Presidents' Conference Committee) streetcar (tram) design was first built in the United States in the 1930s. The design was very successful in America. After World War II it was allowed to be used in other countries in the world. The PCC car has proved to be a long lasting icon of streetcar design, and PCC cars are still in service in various places around the world.

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