Courtesy City of El Paso

First photos of El Paso’s Streetcars being restored released

In images released Tuesday afternoon, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) is giving El Pasoans their first look at the renovation of historic streetcars that will be returned to service as part of the El Paso Streetcar project.

On Thursday, El Pasoans will also have the opportunity to get their first up-close look at these images of the streetcars, see an actual sample of the track on which the streetcars will run and have one on one conversations with the team involved with the project.

The CRRMA will host a come-and-go style open house from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at the El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch at 510 N. Oregon Street.   Attendees will be provided with El Paso Streetcar memorabilia on a first come first served basis. Historical information about El Paso’s streetcar heritage and a schematic of work covering the entire route will also be available.

In late 2015, six of El Paso’s classic Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars were taken to Brookville, Pennsylvania, where they are being restored by experts at Brookville Equipment Corp. The company has over a decade of experience in restoring vintage streetcars for daily use — including PCC streetcars.

Brookville has restored cars for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

“The craftsmen and craftswomen at Brookville have unparalleled expertise when it comes to restoring historic streetcars for the rigors of everyday service,” said Raymond Telles, Executive Director of the CRRMA. “These streetcars will not only honor El Paso’s streetcar heritage, but they will serve as workhorses of El Paso’s multimodal mass transit system.”

Open House Event Info: Thursday, January 28, 2016; 5p to 7:30p at El Paso Public Library, Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon

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