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1954 tokyo metropolitan goverment transportation bureau naniwa koki co. pcc №5501 - original 1954 cream livery SPTC170-1 Model 1 43

1954 Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment Transportation Bureau Naniwa Koki Co. PCC №5501 - original 1954 cream livery

Ref.#: SPTC170-1
Scale: 1:43
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In order to modernize the large tram system in the Japanese capital, the Tokyo Metropolitan Transport Bureau ordered a modern PCC-type tram from the Naniwa Koki Co. in 1953. The Sumitomo Metal Industries company utilized the Transit Research Corp. patents since 1953 and supplied the B-3 trucks for this car. The PCC controls were imported from United States and installed even on the left side of the car. The modern tram was ready in May 1954 and was numbered 5501. It had four 55 h.p. motors and very stylish body with standee windows, roof monitor and pantograph (changed to bow collector at last years of operation). Because of the delays with the PCC equipment deliveries, car 5502 with the same body design but with Japanese trucks and regular controls was completed before the 5501 in November 1953. The 5500-series was continued later with five more cars (numbered 5503-5507) with some changes in the body design; but only tram 5501 was true PCC. The PCC 5501 had a very smooth acceleration but it was too expensive in operation, so no more PCC cars were built for Tokyo. The 5500-series was painted in the new livery of dark buff with a red band; started from 1959 this livery (with a lighter shade of buff) became standard for all Tokyo trams. In 1964 car 5501 was repainted in the new Tokyo yellow & red livery. PCC 5501 and other cars of 5500-series were operated on prestige route 1 (Shinagawa-Ueno) until 1967 when this route was closed. Car 5501 has been kept as exhibit in the Ueno Park for some years and preserved now at the Arakawa Station in Tokyo.
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