Active electric car restorations in 2021

By January 7, 2021January 24th, 2021HeritageRail News

By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor

It might surprise people to know that streetcars are the most common type of active rail vehicle restoration. There are currently 89 electric cars being restored.  21 of the streetcar projects began with stripped carbodies, the proverbial “chicken coops”. It’s a major challenge starting with nothing but a shell, especially given the shortage of power trucks and electrical gear.

State/Province Museum Electric Car Status
AB Edmonton Radial Railway Saskatoon sweeper 200  
AR Fort Smith Trolley Museum Vera Cruz open car 9  
BC West Coast Railway Association BC Electric steeplecab 960  
BC Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society BC Electric interurban 1231  
CA Western Railway Museum Sacramento Northern Birney 62  
CA Western Railway Museum Key System 271  
CA Orange Empire Railway Museum Pacific Electric “Blimp” 418  
CA Orange Empire Railway Museum Pacific Electric steeplecab 1624  
CA Orange Empire Railway Museum Los Angeles streetcar 665  
CA Orange Empire Railway Museum San Diego PCC 508  
CA San Francisco Muni Porto 189  
CA San Francisco Muni Johnstown 351  
CA San Francisco Muni Market Street Railway 798  
CA San Francisco Muni New Orleans 913  
CA San Francisco Muni Muni 130  
CA Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources Oakland horsecar 2  
CO Pikes Peak Trolley Museum Birney 135  
CO Friends of the 04 Trolley Denver Tramways interurban .04  
CT Connecticut Trolley Museum Connecticut Company 3001  
CT Connecticut Trolley Museum Brooklyn Rapid Transit 169  
CT Connecticut Trolley Museum Northern Ohio Traction parlor Northern Starting with stripped carbody 
CT Shore Line Trolley Museum Johnstown 356  
CT Shore Line Trolley Museum Third Avenue 830 Cosmetic restoration
CT Shore Line Trolley Museum Transport of New Jersey trailer 4584 Starting with stripped carbody 
CT Shore Line Trolley Museum Interborough Rapid Transit 3662  
IA Iowa Railway Historical Society Iowa Traction locomotive 53  
IL Fox River Trolley Museum CTA L car 4451  
IL Illinois Railway Museum CTA L car 4146  
IL Illinois Railway Museum Chicago Aurora & Elgin 453  
IL Illinois Railway Museum Kansas City PCC 755  
IL Illinois Railway Museum Fox River 306  
IL Illinois Railway Museum Cleveland PCC 4223  
IL Illinois Railway Museum Michigan Electric 28 Starting with stripped carbody 
IL Illinois Railway Museum North Shore Line Electroliner  
IL Illinois Railway Museum Shaker Heights Rapid Transit 18
IN Hoosier Heartland Trolley Union Traction 429 Starting with stripped carbody 
IN Bob Harris Chicago, Lake Shore & South Bend 73 Starting with stripped carbody 
MB Winnipeg Railway Museum Winnipeg 356 Starting with stripped carbody 
MD Baltimore Streetcar Museum Baltimore PCC 7303  
MD Baltimore Streetcar Museum Baltimore sweeper C-145 Almost complete
MD Baltimore Streetcar Museum Baltimore open car 1164  
MD Baltimore Streetcar Museum Newark PCC 26  
MD National Capital Trolley Museum Capital Traction 27  
ME Seashore Trolley Museum Bay State 4175 Starting with stripped carbody  
ME Seashore Trolley Museum Boston Elevated 6131  
ME Seashore Trolley Museum Cleveland trailer 2365 Starting with stripped carbody 
ME Seashore Trolley Museum Eastern Massachusetts 4387  
ME Seashore Trolley Museum Lexington & Boston 41 Starting with stripped carbody 
ME Seashore Trolley Museum New Jersey Transit PCC 5  
ME Seashore Trolley Museum Philadelphia 6618  
ME Seashore Trolley Museum Rochester 1213 Starting with stripped carbody 
ME Seashore Trolley Museum Toronto 2890  
ME Seashore Trolley Museum Portland-Lewiston 14 Narcissus Starting with stripped carbody 
ME Seashore Trolley Museum Lehigh Valley Transit high speed 1030  
MN Minnesota Streetcar Museum TCRT 1239  Previously restored from stripped carbody. New trucks being fabricated.
MO Museum of Transport Kansas City Birney 1533  Body partially crushed in tunnel collapse
NY New York Museum of Transportation Philadelphia sweeper C-125  
NY New York Museum of Transportation Philadelphia & Western 161  
NY New York Museum of Transportation New Jersey Transit PCC 7  
NY Jamestown Street Railway Jamestown 93 Starting with stripped carbody 
NY Rochester & Genessee Valley Railroad Museum Rochester Subway 60  
OH Northern Ohio Railway Museum Shaker Heights 303  
OH Ohio Railway Museum Columbus 703  
ON Halton County Radial Railway London & Port Stanley interurban 4  
ON Halton County Radial Railway London & Port Stanley locomotive L-2  
ON Halton County Radial Railway Toronto 416 Starting with stripped carbody 
ON Halton County Radial Railway Lake Erie & Northern 797  
ON Halton County Radial Railway Toronto sweeper S-37  
ON Ottawa Streetcar 696 Restoration Ottawa Streetcar 696 Starting with stripped carbody 
PA Electric City Trolley Museum Scranton 324 Starting with stripped carbody 
PA Electric City Trolley Museum Scranton 505  Complete car, but badly deteriorated 
PA Electric City Trolley Museum Third Avenue Ry. 651 Starting with stripped carbody 
PA Electric City Trolley Museum Philadelphia 5205  
PA Hershey Derry Township Historical Society Hershey 7 Starting with stripped carbody 
PA Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Philadelphia 8042  
PA Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Pittsburgh PCC 1138  
PA Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Shaker Heights PCC 94 Cosmetic restoration
PA Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Monongahela West Penn interurban 250 Cosmetic restoration
PA Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Monongahela Class B locomotive 3000  
PA Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Red Arrow center door streetcar 73  
PA Rockhill Trolley Museum Chicago Aurora & Elgin 315  
PA Anthracite Traction Wilkes Barre 790 Starting with stripped carbody 
PA Newtown Railroad Museum Red Arrow PCC Cosmetic restoration
VA Hampton History Museum Hampton & Newport News 390 Starting with stripped carbody 
WA Northwest Railway Museum Puget Sound Electric 523 Starting with stripped carbody 
WI East Troy Electric Railroad South Shore 6  
WI East Troy Electric Railroad North Shore 761