The fifth of six PCC streetcar vehicles to undergo a complete overhaul and modernization program arrived at its destination in El Paso, Texas, marking the 50th PCC streetcar vehicle Brookville Equipment Corp. has delivered since entering the market in 2002, and serving as a fitting commemoration of a century of delivering custom-manufactured rail equipment to a host of industries for 100 years.
In August 2018, Brookville also delivered the fourth in an order of five of its modern Liberty Streetcar vehicles with onboard energy storage system (OESS) to the City of Milwaukee, marking the 100th streetcar vehicle the company has designed and built, restored, or to which it has made major contributions. Brookville has since delivered the fifth and final vehicle to Milwaukee.
“It’s exciting to achieve both of these key streetcar delivery milestones in our 100th year of operations,” said Brookville VP, Business Development, Joel McNeil. “The Liberty Streetcar and our PCC restoration programs demonstrate the Brookville teams’ dynamic and diverse range of manufacturing skills, and our ability as an organization to both preserve and modernize historical fleets and develop modern transit vehicles for the American cities of tomorrow.”
Later this year, the company will also share major milestones with three customers, as new streetcar lines open in cities around the country. The City of Milwaukee’s streetcar line, dubbed The Hop, will open on Nov. 2, and operate five Liberty Streetcars with OESS. Less than a week later, on Nov. 8, the City of El Paso will begin revenue service for its fleet of six restored and modernized PCC streetcar vehicles, which have been out of service since the 1970s. Finally, on Dec. 14, The City of Oklahoma City will open its streetcar line, which will operate seven Liberty Streetcars.
Brookville will ship one more PCC streetcar vehicle to El Paso and one additional Liberty Streetcar vehicle to Oklahoma City in the coming weeks, wrapping up two major orders. The company is also currently rebuilding a fleet of 16 PCC streetcars for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA), with 10 vehicles completed as of October 2018. Earlier this year, Brookville celebrated the shipment of its 25th PCC restoration for SFMTA.
With more than 100 vehicles delivered, Brookville has also continued to pick up new orders in recent months, including for its next-generation Liberty vehicle, the Liberty NXT, for Valley Metro’s Tempe Streetcar (six vehicles), Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link LRV Extension (five vehicles), and the City of Portland (two vehicles).