Port Authority Transit 1799

In 2009, car 1799 was removed from the Trolley Display Building to make room for car 4145.

In 2009, car 1799 was removed from the Trolley Display Building to make room for car 4145.

By the early 1970s, the condition of Pittsburgh’s streetcars had deteriorated to deplorable levels. Thanks to managers like Harold Geissenheimer and John Mauro, though, the Port Authority began a program of rehabilitation to make the equipment attractive, and of marketing to make the public aware of how good public transit could be.
PAT 1799 when first overhauled in 1979 (Miller Library photo)

PAT 1799 when first overhauled in 1979 (Oliver Miller, photo)

More than 25 of PAT’s 1945 cars were treated to an extensive rebuilding to replace salt-rotted structural components, and were painted in bright colors inside and out. Car 1799 was completed in 1979 and represents the final car in this program; it was painted in colors approximating its delivery scheme (when it was car 1613). The car was used on the South Hills routes until 1986.

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Car Number 1799 Car Builder St. Louis Car Company
Year Built 1945 Type SE PCC
Length 46’0″ Width 8’4″
Height 10’0″ Weight 36,265 lbs. (18.1 tons)
Seats 54 Motors WH 1432J + GE 1198 or 1220
Year Acquired 1990 Status Stored under tarp