car 1000
No. 1000 on Georgia Avenue, May 1947.

Brooklyn & Queens Transit PCC No. 1000

1000 is an air-electric PCC trolley car, built in 1936 by Clark Equipment. This car was operated by the Brooklyn and Queens Transit company. It is a prototype of the Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) series of cars. It is the only PCC streetcar ever built by Clark, even though Clark got the contract to build all PCC wheelsets (trucks).

Clark did later make a few Blue Bird PCC-based transit cars for New York City, but none of the Blue Birds were saved.

car 1000 arrives
The PCC arrives in Kingston, 1991.

No. 1000 has some unique features compared to other PCC cars. It has an aluminum body (all other PCCs are steel). It has standee windows, which didn't appear in other PCC cars until the mid 1940's.

Car 1000 was in an accident in the 1940's, at which point it was fitted with a steel front from a scrapped St. Louis built PCC car.

Due to the car's historic significance, in 2010 it was submitted for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. As of Jan. 2013, the application is still pending.

Dimensions: 45'-11" x 8'-7" x 10'-1", Seating Capacity: 59.


Recent Work on No. 1000

Here are some before and after shots of the restoration of the center door stepwell.

step1
Here you can see how corroded the stairwell is
 
step2
Mike Hanna shows work on the left side
 
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Don McClatchey on the right side of the steps
 
step4
It is about 70 percent complete at this point

Mike will make up three more angle pieces to go on each corner and the center of the stairwell. Don is cutting two pieces of angle to mount against the bottom plate and the steps for extra support. Once this is complete we can replace the cement.

priming front of 1000
Here, paint is tested on the car

[ Return to roster ] This page was last updated by Evan Jennings on April 15, 2013. © 2013 TMNY
Photo credits: 1) TMNY collection cat#4908 2) E. Jennings 3-7) D. McClatchey