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PCC--the Car That Fought Back (Interurban Special 64)

Carlson, Stephen P.; Schneider, Fred W.

ISBN 10: 0916374416 / ISBN 13: 9780916374419
Published by Interurban Press, Glendale, CA, USA, 1980
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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250 pages, including 2 fold-outs at end of book and large supplement in envelope pasted inside back cover. Photographs, schematics, detailed lists of components and changes over time, American and European cities that used the PCC--a comprehensive history of a transporation icon. Book in excellent conditon. Jacket has light wear, one small tear and crease front cover at top edge; a few tiny tears--handsome impression. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 - 2 pounds. Category: Railways; ISBN: 0916374416. ISBN/EAN: 9780916374419. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 602346. Bookseller Inventory # 602346

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Title: PCC--the Car That Fought Back (Interurban ...

Publisher: Interurban Press, Glendale, CA, USA

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Fascinating and thorough history of the development, construction, and use of the PCC car in all its different iterations. The book provides an excellent background on the problems with older trolley models, and how the Electric Railway Presidents' Conference Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Conway, spent five years designing the new car. The results were so successful that thousands of the PCCs were built in the US, Europe and the Soviet Union and its satellites. The book provides clear explanations about the aspects that made the car such an excellent streetcar, from noise reduction to braking system. The book also looks at other non-PCC cars that attempted to solve the same problems as well as the use of PCC cars overseas, especially in the Czech Republic where they are still in use. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos. With oversized, foldout schematic diagram of the car in the the back. Includes roster of orders for PCC cars and a list of who bought the cars. An invaluable reference work for anyone interested in the history of streetcars or in design principles. 250 pages.

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