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A Ride aboard Historic San Diego PCC Car 529

by Chris Guenzler

After last week's Let's Talk Train Show I wanted to ride the San Diego new PCC Car on the new Silver Line on its first day of public running. So on Monday August 22, 2011 I made a roundtrip to San Diego and went to the Transit Store and I got a pair of tickets for Saturday at 11:00 AM. I contacted Chris Parker who wanted to go so we agreed to meet at the Santa Ana Train Station at 7:45 AM to make the trip to San Diego. I used my Guest Reward Companion Coupon to help with the costs to San Diego. So I lived through that week and woke up on Saturday morning ready to go.

Surfliner 564 8/27/2011

I met Chris Parker in the parking lot and we watched Surfliner 763 came into Santa Ana and a few minutes later Surfliner 564 came into the station. We boarded and took a pair of seats in a Superliner coach. We had to stop at Tustin because the detector by the 55 Freeway didn't go off so they had to inspect the train. Other than that, just another trip to San Diego. We arrived right on time and we headed over to the American Plaza to get San Diego Trolley Day Passes to get to the 12th and Imperial Transit Center. But guess what came through the station next?

San Diego PCC Car 529. It was built in 1946 and ran in St Louis before it went to Muni in San Francisco in 1957 as their 1122 serving the J, K, L, M and N lines for 25 years. This PCC car is the first PCC Car to run in San Diego since 1949. Now we would wait for a Bayfront Trolley to take us to 12th and Imperial, our boarding site for this unique loop trip around downtown San Diego.

Chris and I boarded the Trolley with some other fans going to ride the Historic PCC Run in San Diego this morning.

Freight power of the San Diego Imperial Valley Railroad part of the Rail America Family. A few minutes later, we arrived at the 12th and Imperial Trolley Station on new track for me. From here we headed to the PCC Car for some still pictures.

Two views of PCC Car 529. We went to set up for a picture of the PCC Car to depart.

Before that could happen, this Orange Line trolley had to leave the 12th and Imperial Station. Our PCC Car would come by us next.

San Diego PCC Car 529 leaves the 12th and Imperial Station. We walked back over to a table selling tickets and other things where I bought a San Diego Vintage Trolley T-shirt. Next we walked up the street to catch the PCC Car returning to 12th and Imperial but first we will have a few other trolley movements.

A San Diego Blue Line Trolley heading to San Ysidro.

Next a San Diego Blue Line Trolley heading to Old Town.

A San Diego Orange Line Trolley heading for Gillespie Field.

Another San Diego Blue Line Trolley heading to San Ysidro. Behind him was our PCC Car coming towards us.

San Diego PCC 529 and a jet plane heading for a landing at the San Diego Airport.

San Diego PCC Car 529 came by our photo location. We followed the PCC Car back to the 12th and Imperial Station.

First the 10:37 AM Passengers had to exit the PCC Car. Next we boarded the PCC Car 529 for our 11:07 AM PCC Car 529 Trip through downtown San Diego.

Chris Parker is in his first PCC Car.

Me aboard San Diego PCC Car 529. We choose the rear seat to be able to take pictures of our loop trip around downtown San Diego.

After an Orange Line Train for the Bayfront Line left 12th and Imperial Station.

After that our PCC Car 529 left the 12th and Imperial Station.

The PCC Car 529 will run clockwise through San Diego passing the San Diego Trolley Maintenance Base.

The Orange Line Trolley had to wait for us to clear the 12th and Imperial Station.

Our last view of the San Diego Trolley Yard.

We ran through the Gas Lamp Station, the first of many we would not be stopping at as our trip is a non stop trip.

The PCC Car took us by the San Diego Convention Center and parking structures.

We ran along the BNSF mainline for a couple of blocks.

We ran through the main junction of line with Orange going to the left and the Blue Line to the right.

The American Plaza Station.

A Blue Line Train for Old Town.

An Orange Line Train heading for the Bayfront Line.

Our trip up C Street was almost over as we turned south at the City College Station.

The City College Station.

Our trip south down 10th Avenue we passed Green Line Trolley.

Our journey down 10th Avenue was almost complete as we returned to 12th and Imperial.

Our trip was complete as we returned to the 12th and Imperial Station. Chris bought a poster before we boarded an Orange Line train back to American Plaza. Once there we walked over to the end of the Santa Fe Station and waited for one more passing of PCC Car 529.

The final views of San Diego PCC Car 529. After that I got some Coca-Cola and Chris got some snacks we then boarded Surfliner 775 for the trip home riding another Superliner Coach to Santa Ana.