LAMTA -3165

All-Electric PCC Car
LAMTA -3165
Car Specs
Car Number: 
3165
Type: 
Type P-3 PCC
Builder: 
St. Louis
Built / Retired: 
1948 - 1963
Notes: 
Operational

Car 3165 was the last streetcar delivered to Los Angeles prior to the current generation of "light rail" operations. It was the final car of a 40-unit order of "All-Electric" PCCs purchased by Los Angeles Railway successor Los Angeles Transit Lines. This car and its 39 sisters entered service on the Pico Blvd. "P" line in October of 1948, and remained there until the end of streetcar service in 1963. The car's green paint scheme was adopted by the Los Angeles M.T.A., which assumed control of the L.A.'s public transportation system in 1958.

How the "All-Electric" PCC's were different: Braking functions and door mechanisms operated by compressed air on earlier PCC's were handled electrically. They were also 8" wider, offered more aisle room, and had a more utilitarian appearance than the earlier PCC cars. The major difference in their appearance is the addition of a small "standee window" above each window on the sides of the car.

In 2006 LAMTA 3165 had its trucks pulled from under the car for a thorough inspection, cleaning and lubrication and also received numerous repairs to its control and auxiliary electrical systems. It returned to regular service in late 2006. 

Additional Images

In service in the earlier "Fruit Salad" paint scheme.
In service in the earlier "Fruit Salad" paint scheme.
On the Loop Line 4/06
On the Loop Line 4/06
OERM volunteers Ian Renwick and Bob Davis discuss ongoing work on 3165's trucks
OERM volunteers Ian Renwick and Bob Davis discuss ongoing work on 3165's trucks 4/06

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