The end for the Brussels PCCs – From the LRTA


What makes this story interesting is that some of Brussels PCC cars are still operational after 58 years of revenue service.

I will wager that very few, if any of these cars will be scrapped as there will be plenty of buyers from museums, smaller tram companies, and private, who will purchase these cars and further their operational careers.

How many buses last in revenue operation for 58 years?

The end for the Brussels PCCs :

It has been announced that the last day of operation of the 7000-series single PCC cars in Brussels will be Friday 12 February 2010. All the remaining serviceable cars will be in all-day service from Woluwe depot on routes 39 and 44. During the evening the service will be operated entirely by PCCs until the last departure (actually 01.06 on Saturday morning) from Ban Eik. As the PCCs come out of service they will be driven to Haren depot for storage and disposal.

It is possible that these depot runs will be open to the public, in which case the last arrival at Haren is expected to be at about 02.30 on the Saturday morning.

The first PCC entered service in Brussels in November 1951, and some of the 1952 delivery have survived to the end, 58 years of service.

19 January 2010

A Brussels PCC next to a Bombardier Flexity tram (now used in Vancouver BC)


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4 Responses to “The end for the Brussels PCCs – From the LRTA”

  1. Justin Bernard Says:

    The PCC’s are hands-down the greatest trams ever built. However, the title is misleading, no? The double-ended cars are still in service, and I remember reading in an older T&UT issue on Brussels, the 7900 series double-end cars are essentially 2 PCC’s linked together with a middle setion?

    Zweisystem replies: Definitely the PCC cars were the best designed ever, but as the LRTA website states, I think all the PCC’s and variants will be retired and replaced by the Flexity series of trams, as per the LRTA news item.

  2. David Says:

    I hope they’re saved for smaller markets and heritage lines. It would cost a bundle to get them shipped overseas so I suspect they’ll stay in Europe.

    San Francisco runs a popular and efficient tram line using heritage rolling stock salvaged from all over the country. Someone will keep those PCCs going for another 50 years.

  3. Justin Bernard Says:

    No problem. Would be sad to see the 7900’s go!

  4. Jay Says:

    Only the 7000/7100 series will be retired on Feb 12th, and about half of the 7700/7800 series will be retired by the time all the Flexity streetcars have been delivered (in 1-2 years). The 7900s, the most recent PCCs dating from 1978-1979, will remain in service at least until about 2020. These are the longest PCCs ever built, and essentially/technically 2 streetcars linked together with a middle section.

    There is an ex-Brussels 7000 series streetcar in Vancouver! It’s in or behind the Olympic line’s Olympic station shed. Interesting photo-op: a STIB 2009 Flexity and a STIB 1952 PCC reunited in BC 😉

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