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Boston Elevated Railway

Metropolitan Transit Authority

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority

"Queen Mary" PCC 3001

"Tremont" PCCs 3002-3021

The first PCC in Boston was the 3001 which was built as a demonstrator by St. Louis Car in 1937. It was unique in that it had no left hand doors like the later cars, had a different control system, and was not MU. It continued in service until 1950 and was scrapped on February 28, 1953.

The first real order for PCCs came in 1940 when 20 cars were ordered from Pullman-Standard in nearby Worcester. These were to be delivered in February 1941. These cars had left hand doors in the center of the car to allow use in the subway. They also had couplers so that they could be towed by older cars in the event of breakdown. They began service on the Newton-Brighton-Watertown line. After more MU cars were delivered, they were moved to Arborway in 1944 and used on the Tremont Street line. This is where they acquired their name. In 1945, 3017 was given an experimental ventilation system which was not repeated.  Rebuilding came in 1959, when the remaining cars received MU control and couplers. In 1960 they received an extra rooftop headlight for the Riverside line.

3002 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1971.

3003 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It went to Connecticut Trolley Museum in 1977.

3004 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1991.

3005 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1973.

3006 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1977.

3007 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1972.

3008 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1980.

3009 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1971.

3010 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  On October 3, 1954, it was wrecked by derailment and collision with an elevated column. It was scrapped shortly afterwards.

3011 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1973.

3012 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1973.

3013 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1971.

3014 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1971.

3015 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1977.

3016 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1973.

3017 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.   In 1945, it was given an experimental ventilation system which was not repeated and scrapped in 1974.

3018 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1974.

3019 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It went to Seashore Trolley Museum in 1974.

3020 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1973.

3021 was built by Pullman-Standard in 1940, #W6629.  It was scrapped in 1980.

 

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