Streetcar Division

BROOKVILLE Light Rail Awards Liberty Modern Streetcar

BROOKVILLE's onboard energy storage system (OESS) for its off-wire capable Liberty Streetcar was honored as the Technical Innovation of the Year at the 2015 Global Light Rail Awards in London. In 2018, BROOKVILLE was awarded Manufacturer of the Year.

Heritage Restorations

"America's first streetcar," originally manufactured in 1912, was given this prestigious name because it was the first publicly owned city streetcar in America.  BROOKVILLE breathed new life into this streetcar  through historical restoration in hopes for the vintage trolley to run for another 100 years. 

SFMTA Streetcar No. 1 

New Life

BROOKVILLE has over a decade of experience in the restoration of vintage trolleys and historic streetcars for the rigorous use of everyday revenue service. BROOKVILLE has restored wood and steel constructed streetcars back to original condition from various levels of deterioration and wear.

BROOKVILLE's manufacturing process includes the removal of asbestos and lead common to many heritage streetcars. BROOKVILLE is dedicated to working with your transit agency to ensure that your restored streetcar fleet is precisely what has been envisioned for operation in the city streets or for display in state, regional, and national trolley and streetcar museums.

If you are considering heritage streetcar restorations, contact BROOKVILLE today for their experienced advisement.

PCC Streetcar Rehabilitation

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BROOKVILLE is dedicated to working with America's cities and transit agencies to restore PCC fleets - whether currently in revenue service or in need of detailed major overhauls after years out of service. BROOKVILLE has the capacity to comprehensively overhaul single and double-ended PCC streetcar vehicles, including structural restorations, cosmetics, interiors, trucks, and propulsion systems.

BROOKVILLE's experience includes the complete rehabilitation of B2 and B3 trucks and restoring streetcar bodies from various levels of exterior and interior deterioration.

PCC Case Study: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

BROOKVILLE SEPTA Streetcar Restoration

In 2003, BROOKVILLE partnered with the Philadelphia region's Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) for the remanufacture and modernization of 18 PCC streetcars. The streetcars are currently in service along Philadelphia's Route 15 corridor.

Originally manufactured in 1948, the restoration included the repair of heavily damaged streetcar frames, refurbishing car interiors and seating, and upgrading to AC propulsion. Other modernizations included the addition of BROOKVILLE soft-ride trucks featuring regenerative braking, the installation of modern air conditioning systems, and rider accessibility enhancements, such as wheelchair lifts.

PCC Case Study: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

BROOKVILLE SFMTA Streetcar Restoration

In 2004, BROOKVILLE partnered with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to restore 16 PCC streetcars currently operating on the San Francisco Municipal Railway. 

BROOKVILLE completely restored frame and structural damage and refurbished interiors on twelve single-end PCC streetcars, four SFMTA original double-ender streetcars and the agency's first-ever publicly-owned streetcar. BROOKVILLE also upgraded the PCC streetcars' B2 and B3 trucks and propulsion systems.

After progressively restoring 16 PCC streetcars from 2004 through 2011, BROOKVILLE and Muni have begun a second partnership for the end-of-life rebuild of 16 additional PCC streetcars for the agency. The second order includes the refurbishment of 12 single-ended and four double-ended streetcars.

Restoring "America's First Streetcar"

Streetcar No. 1

BROOKVILLE is experienced in restoring various styles and types of the vintage trolley.  "America's First Streetcar" named for being the first publically purchased streetcar for a major city was originally manufactured in 1912.  BROOKVILLE had the opportunity to work with San Francisco Municipal Railway in completing its almost 100 year rebuild. 

The streetcar constructed of wood and steel was completely restored back to original condition.  Included in the historical restoration was the complete rebuild of the trucks, motors, and running gear as well as reconstruction of the carbody and wood roof with canvas covering. 

Many prints and drawings do not exist on heritage streetcars and BROOKVILLE's in house engineering and design team offers the capability to complete the work even without some of these documents.

PCC Case Study: City of El Paso

In 2015, BROOKVILLE was awarded a contract to restore and modernize the City of El Paso’s fleet of six streetcar vehicles, which were manufactured in 1937 and operated in El Paso from 1949 to 1974. After decades in storage, the fleet came to BROOKVILLE for a complete overhaul, including a complete teardown and repair of the vehicle frames, the integration of modern propulsion and electronics, HVAC integration, ADA lift installation, among other modern amenities. The PCC streetcars were refinished in El Paso’s original color schemes from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Following a progressive restoration, the vehicles were returned to El Paso, and now operate along a 4.8-mile system that opened in November 2018.

Work with Museums

Streetcar Museums can be found in about every city in America.  BROOKVILLE has worked closely with many Museums in this network on everything from simple information exchange on heritage streetcars, parts trading and purchasing, to cooperative rehabilitation and historical restoration of Museum streetcars.  We work closely with museums to help find avenues to get their own heritage streetcars restored so they can display and operate these timeless vehicles.