3077 On Its Way to Chile

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority PCC 3077 (numbers and MTA emblem painted over) is loaded aboard a freighter that will take it to the far-off country of Chile in January of 1964. Once there, the motors were removed from the 3077 and twenty-four other LA PCC cars that would join the 3077 (a total of 25 were sold; 23 for “operation,” 2 for parts).

From Ralph Cantos:

The cars were used to transport mine workers. The cars were fitted with drawbars , and pulled by small narrow gauge Diesel locomotives. All twenty-two of these once beautiful LA PCCs would eventually wind up being used as storage sheds. Most of the remaining LA PCCs would later be sold to Cairo where they would deteriorate into rolling heaps of junk, looking as if they were used in demolition derby, while in service.

Ralph Cantos Collection

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  • Bob Davis
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    Truck enthusiasts would note the classic “Autocar-Diesel” tractor. (Next month OERM will host the Antique Truck gathering.)

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