The Routes - PCC Operation

 

RT#, NAME, Years Operated, and Reason For Abandonment

 

1 Spring Garden - 1940-1957 - low traffic

2 Etna - 1938-1952 - state took land for highway

3 Millvale - 1938-1952 -state took land for highway

4 Troy Hill 1940-1957 street paving / low traffic

5 Spring Hill 1946-1957 street paving / low traffic

6 Brighton Road 1938-1965 combined route. see 6/13

6/13 Brighton-Emsworth 1965-1965 bridge renovation. see 6/14

6/14 Brighton-Avalon 1966-1966 PAT Modernization

7 Charles St. 1942-1961 low traffic

8 Perrysville 1940-1965 PAT Modernization

10 West View/Bellevue 1938-1965 PAT Modernization

13 Emsworth 1937-1965 Weak Bridge

15 Bellevue/West View 1938-1965 PAT Modernization

18 Woods Run 1942-1961 Northside Redevelopment

19 Western Ave. 1938-1961 Northside Redevelopment

20 Rebecca 1942-1951 Loss of bridge ramp

21 Fineview 1951-1966 PAT Modernization

22 Crosstown 1942-1964 PAT Modernization

23 Sewickley 1944-1952 Bridge Replacement

23 Neville Island 1944-1953 Bridge Replacement

25 Island Ave 1941-1959 Loss of Point Bridge Access

26 West Park 1940-1959 Loss of Point Bridge Access

27 Carnegie 1937-1959 Loss of Point Bridge Access

28 Heidelberg 1947-1959 Loss of Point Bridge Access

30 Crafton-Ingram 1940-1959 Loss of Point Bridge Access

31 Sheridan-Ingram 1940-1950 Low Traffic

31/34 Elliott-Ingram 1950-1959 Loss of Point Bridge Access

34 Elliott UNK-1950 Combined with 31

Charleroi ( interurban ) 1949-1953 Low Traffic

35 Shannon-Library 1953-CURR Still Rolling

36 Shannon-Drake 1953-1999 Car Age & Reliability ( 47D )

37 Castle Shannon 1942-CURR Part of 42S / 42L ( LRV )

38 Mt.Lebanon 1937-1963 Re-Paving of W.Liberty Ave.

39 Brookline 1940-1966 PAT Modernization

40 Mt.Washington 1940-1966 Street Cong./PAT Modernization

42 Dormont 1940-1963 See 42/38

42/38 Mt. Lebanon/Beechview 1963-CURR Curr RT 42 ( LRV )

44 Knoxville 1940-1971 PAT Modernization

46 Brownsville Rd. 1941-1946 Changed to #49

47 Carrick via Tunnel 1945-1968 Changed to #53

48 Arlington 1947-1968 PAT Modernization

49 Beltzhoover 1946-CURR Part of 52 Allentown ( LRV )

50 Carson St. 1936-1968 PAT Modernization

53 Carrick -18th St. 1938-1971 PAT Modernization

55 Homestead-E.Pgh 1937-1965 PAT Modernization

56 McKeesport via 2nd Ave 1942-1963 McKeesport Redevelopment

58 Greenfield 1940-1964 PAT Modernization

60 E.Liberty-Homestead 1940-1958 Murray Ave. Repaving

62 Trafford-E.Pittsburgh 1944-1962 Bus Competition / Trafford Coach

64 E.Pgh-Wilkinsburg 1937-1967 PAT Modernization

65 Munhall-Lincoln Place 1944-1965 PAT Modernization

67 Swissvale-Rankin-Braddock 1937-1967 PAT Modernization

68 McKeesport via Duquesne 1937-1958 Duquesne Renewal

69 Squirrel Hill 1937-1958 Murray Ave.Repaving

71 Negley 1937-1967 PAT Modernization

73 Highland 1937-1967 PAT Modernization

75 E.Liberty-Wilkinsburg 1937-1967 PAT Modernization

76 Hamilton 1937-1967 PAT Modernization

77/54 North Side-Carrick 1942-1965 Brady St Bridge Closure

81 Atwood 1941-1951 Shuttle Route

82 Lincoln 1937-1967 PAT Modernization

85 Bedford 1940-1966 PAT Modernization

87 Ardmore 1940-1967 PAT Modernization

88 Frankstown 1937-1967 PAT Modernization

94 Aspinwall 1938-1960 62nd St Bridge Closing

96 E.Liberty-62nd St 1940-1960 Weak Line after 94 Abandonment

98 Glassport 1952-1963 Toronado Damage

  

Short Turn Trips not listed above are - 11 East St., 66 Wilkinsburg , 43 Neeld Ave.

PAT Modernization is Long Wording for BUS.

 

CAR HOUSES - PCC Cars There During...

 

Carrick 1938-1954

Craft Ave. 1937-1967

Charleroi 1949-1953

Glenwood 1937-1961

Homewood 1937-1960

Herron Hill 1940-1951

Highland Park 1937-1954

Ingram 1937-1959

Keating 1940-1965

Millvale 1938-1952

Manchester 1937-1959

Plummer St. 1938-1954

Rankin Dead Storage until 1967

South Hills 1937-1983 Replaced by the CSMA at South Hills Village. ( LRV )

Tylerdale 1946-1953

West Park

 

Carhouse Information

 

Pittsburgh Railways inherited many different car barns from the companies that formed it, many of which were closed during the final years prior to take over by the Port Authority. At the time of the PA takeover on February 28, 1964, only Craft Avenue, Keating and Tunnel (South Hills) remained as streetcar facilities, together with Homewood Shops, and a former carbarn in Rankin used only for dead storage of retired cars.

 

Craft Avenue

A large (~14 road) facility with several administration buildings at Craft Avenue and Forbes Avenue in Oakland. It served routes 50, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69, 75 and 81. Craft Avenue assumed storage duties for East End facilities that were closed such as Homewood, Herron Hill and Highland Park, as well as Carrick on the South Side; thus it eventually also served routes such as 22, 71, 73, 76, 77/54, 87 and 88. Craft Avenue ceased to be a streetcar facility on January 28, 1967 when all East End lines were converted to bus.The site is now occupied by the Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Glenwood

Glenwood Car Barn served the 55, 56, 57, 58, 65 and 98 routes and housed approximately 54 cars.

Homewood

Homewood car barn was begun in 1900 and grew to be one of the two largest installations of Pittsburgh Railways, with 110 cars housed there. Also the site of PRC's heavy repair shops, it covered four blocks from 7100 to 7400 on the south side of Frankstown Avenue, bordered by North Lang Avenue to the west, Felicia Way to the south and Braddock to the east. In 1955 Barn No. 2 was destroyed by fire along with all of the equipment within it, which included fourteen PCC trolleys.Homewood car barn closed in 1960, though the shops remained in use until January 1967 when all East End lines were closed. The large site is now used for a mixture of residential and commercial premises, with the last remaining railway buildings converted first to a skating rink and then in 1997 to a bowling alley and entertainment venue called the Homewood Coliseum.Since 2000 the complex has also housed The Trolley Station Oral History Center.

Ingram

Ingram carbarn was the main storage facility in the West End. Located on Berry Street in Ingram Borough on routes 30 and 31, it also served routes 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 34. It consisted of a 4-road brick shed housing 20 cars, an 8-road open yard capable of holding about 120 cars, and a brick administration building. Ingram ceased as an active facility after June 21, 1959 when all the West End lines were abandoned after the Point Bridge was closed to traffic, although 30 1000- and 1100-series PCCs made surplus by the conversion were scrapped there. The property was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh; the barn proper was converted in 1968 to the Church of the Ascension, while the yard office was converted to classrooms, parish offices and a parish hall.

Keating

Keating car house was built in 1921. It served routes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15 and 21. The remaining trolley routes from Manchester car house (6, 13, 14, 18 and 19) were moved to Keating in 1959. The final North Side trolleys (6/14 and 21) were transferred to South Hills Car House in 1965 and the facility became the bus-only Ross Garage.

Millvale

Millvale car barn was built on the site of the Graff, Bennett Mill which burnt down in 1900. It catered for services 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Plummer Street

The car barn at 48th and Plummer Street in Lawrenceville served the 94 Aspinwall, 95 Butler Street, and 96 East Liberty via Morningside services. It replaced the Butler Street Cable and Horse car barn at 47th and Butler. It was closed in the summer of 1954, with services 94 Aspinwall and 95 Butler Street routes being assigned to Manchester Car House until June 1959. They then transferred to Keating Car House until replaced by bus routes on November 13, 1960. Service 96 East Liberty was transferred first to Bunker Hill car barn then Homewood Car House until June, 1960. It was then transferred to Craft Avenue car house, also being replaced by buses on November 13, 1960 when the 62nd St. Sharpsburg Bridge was closed.

Tunnel

The Tunnel (also referred to as South Hills) car barn, located along Curtis and Jasper Streets next to South Hills Junction and the south portal of the South Hills Tunnel, was the car storage facility for many, and eventually all, South Side lines, and one of the most important such facilities on the entire system. It consisted of a 4-road brick shed with administrative offices, plus a 6-road outdoor yard. While containing fewer tracks than yards like Craft Avenue, the length of the tracks allowed storage of many more cars per road, especially outdoors. Tunnel served lines 23, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42 and 43 (later the 42/38), 44, 46 (later 49), 48, and later the 47 and 53 lines to Carrick, and the final North Side lines 6/14 and 21. It also shared storage duties for the two Interurban lines with the barns in Charleroi and in Tylerdale (Washington). As the nucleus of the surviving PAT trolley lines, Tunnel barn survived into the mid-1980s, when it was demolished after being replaced by the current PAT storage and maintenance facility at the end of the South Hills Village branch off the Drake line.

West Park

The West Park car barn in McKees Rocks was a large facility with two barns and several outdoor sidings. It was bounded by Third Street to the north, Chartiers Avenue to the south and Rox Street to the east. It closed in 1931, but remained a storage facility for scrap trolley parts. The building was demolished in 1951. A Foodland food market now occupies the southern part of the site, with new housing to the north.

 

 

List of inclines that operated in the Pittsburgh area.

 

1. Kirk Lewis (Coal Incline/Hoist) - 1854 through unknown date

 

2. Monongahela (passenger) - May 28, 1870 through the present

 

3. Castle Shannon Coal - Circa 1870 through unknown date

 

4. Mount Oliver - 1872(1871?) through 1951

 

5. Duquesne - May 20, 1877 through the present

 

6. Fort Pitt - 1882 through circa 1900

 

7. Monongahela Freight - 1884(1883?) through 1935

 

8. Penn(17th Street) - 1884(1883?) through 1953

 

9. St. Clair(S. 22nd Street) - 1886 through 1935

 

10. Bellevue and Davis Island - 1887 through 1892

 

11. Nunnery Hill - 1887 through 1899

 

12. Troy Hill - 1887 through 1898

 

13. Ridgewood - 1889(1887/1888?) through 1900

 

14. Clifton - 1895(1888?) through 1905

 

15. Knoxville(S. 12th Street) - 1890 through 1960

 

16. Castle Shannon - 1890 through 1964

 

17. Castle Shannon South - 1892(1891?) through 1914

 

18. Norwood(Penny) - 1901 through 1923

 

19. Keeling Coal - Dates unknown

 

Bus and Rail Companies taken over to form PAT

 

Company Name Date "acquired"

 

Pittsburgh Railways Co. 3/1/64

 

Community Transit Service (both divisions) 3/2/64

 

Penn Transit (including New Kensington City Lines) 3/2/64

 

Shafer Coach Lines 3/3/64

 

Rogers Transit 3/3/64

 

Brentwood Motor Coach 3/4/64

 

DeBolt Lines 3/6/64

 

Poskin Bus Lines 3/6/64

 

Ridge Lines 3/9/64

 

Bigi 3/11/64

 

Trafford Coach Lines 3/12/64

 

Oriole Motor Coach Lines 3/12/64

 

Burrelli Transit Service (Westinghouse Valley Trailways) 3/16/64

 

Bacco Coach Lines 3/16/64

 

McKeesport Transit (and Wall Bus Lines) 3/19/64

 

Horrell Transportation 3/24/64

 

Ohio River Motor Coach 3/25/64

 

Austin Motor Coach 3/25/64

 

Wm. Penn Motor Coach (and McCoy Bros.) 3/31/64

 

Culmerville, Russellton & Cheswick Motor Coach 3/31/64

 

J. M. Ferguson Bus Co. 3/31/64

 

Duquesne Motor Coach Lines 4/15/64

 

Monongahela Incline 5/15/64

 

Dawson Motor Coach 5/20/64

 

Deere Bros. 5/28/64

 

Noble J. Dick (and Mon Valley Bus Co.) 6/26/64

 

Bamford Motor Coach Lines 7/10/64

 

Duquesne Incline 1/27/65

 

Carnegie Coach Co. 1/31/65