This history of the development of the PCC electric street railway car during the 1930s and its refinement into the 1950s contains a significant amount of technical detail. Beginning with the 1930 street railway industry--one in decline and lacking a modern, competitive vehicle, the book traces the market study, research and development efforts, production and application of the vehicle. Operators and suppliers funded the effort through the Electric Railway Presidents Conference Committee which lent some of its initials to the car's PCC designation. All aspects of the development of the streamlined car are covered: body design, trucks and suspension, motors and drive, control systems, standardization, modularization and lightweight to reduce first cost and operating costs. Also described are contemporary efforts to produce a vehicle competitive with the PCC, as well as application of the PCC technology to rapid-transit vehicles. In conclusion the book tells of the export of both PCC cars and PCC technology to other nations where the technology continued to evolve. PCC cars still operate in some North American cities and elsewhere around the world.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Interurban Press

    P.O. Box 6444
    Glendale, CA  United States  91225
  • Authors:
    • Carlson, S P
    • Schneider III, F W
    • Bromley, J F
    • Jackson, R E
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Photos;
  • Pagination: 250 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334332
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Special 64
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 1982 12:00AM