Car 116 was one of 18 built by the American Car Company of St. Louis, Missouri, in November 1928 for the City of Phoenix, at a cost of $13,700 each. The cars entered service December 25, 1928 as part of the City’s renovation of the Street Railway system. These cars traveled 15,673,140 miles on the streets of Phoenix. Number 116, renumbered 508 in later years, was one of the last three to operate. Quick Facts u Brill Safety Car — Built in St. Louis in 1928 by the American Car Company. u 10 windows on each side. Steel body with wood frame and roof. u 39 feet, 11 inches long. Double-ended for operation without loop tracks at the end of the line. 40 reversible seats. u Wired for 600 Volts DC electric current. (Today’s METRO Rail runs on 750 Volts. u Westinghouse air brakes. The Phoenix Trolley Museum acquired this car in 1975, and initial restoration began with the assistance of the Arizona Historical Society and the El Zaribah Shrine Temple Guard.

Car 116 today exists in a nearly operational condition. Costs to complete the restoration are estimated at $20,000.

The Phoenix Trolley Museum has received an offer from the Arizona Railway Museum of Chandler, Arizona, to merge operations. While such a merger would eliminate the Phoenix Trolley Museum's fiscal difficulties, the result would be that Car 116 would for ever more reside in their Chandler rail yard. It would forever be lost to Phoenix, where it operated on city streets for 20 years.

The Grand Avenue Rail Project would preserve Car 116 for Phoenix.  In the first phase of the project, the restoration of the car would be completed and it would be run along Grand Avenue for events and special occasions, such as First Fridays, Art Walk and the Grand Avenue Festival.

 

The Grand Avenue Rail Project - Phoenix, Arizona

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