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1937/38 el paso city lines st.louis car co. pcc (jobs 1605 & 1611; 1500-1519 series; acq. in 1950/52) - mid-60s two-tone green & white. SPTC55-1 Model 1 48

1937/38 El Paso City Lines St.Louis Car Co. PCC (Jobs 1605 & 1611; 1500-1519 series; acq. in 1950/52) - Mid-60s two-tone green & white.

Ref.#: SPTC55-1
Scale: 1:48
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In 1943 National City Lines purchased the Transportation Division of the El Paso Electric Co. but decided to retain streetcars on the 3.2 mile international car line across the border to Juarez, Mexico. In 1950 the company purchased 17 second-hand PCC cars from San Diego to use on this line. In San Diego cars were repainted in the NCL colors, front trolley poles were installed and longitudinal seats were installed to facilitate passage through Customs. In May 1950 cars 1500-1516 entered service; three more cars (1517-1519) were added in 1952. The international tramway closed completely in August 1966 so the bridges over the Rio Grande could be rebuilt. The line reopened in November 1967, but closed again in July 1969 so that the Customs House could be enlarged. It reopened again in November 1970, but closed again in August 1971 so that streets could be widened. It reopened in October 1972, but closed again in July 1973 after a dispute with the toll collectors. When tram 1516 ventured into Mexico on 31 July 1973 it was confiscated by the Mexican government, which canceled the American company's right to operate in Mexico. Tram service resumed along a truncated route on the American side in November, but ended again on 4 May 1974. Car 1516 was returned to the U.S. in August, but tram service was never restored. The vehicles remained in the El Paso depot for several years, then were dispersed (Information via Allen Morrison).
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