Wow, here is a photo of our new PCC car on
Rick Abramson's terrific layout. And they say a picture is only worth a 1,000 words!
Don't Miss Out ! 2nd Run due in June 2011, will sell out quickly.
And we will also have some available with an HOn3 Mechanism as well on this batch !
Here are some more pictures of the finished Los Angeles Car.
There are amazing details on this model, including a full interior and lighting. If you look close you can see the photo etched fender under the front of the car.
Here is "night time" shot of PCC car. We know it is a bit grainy because it had to be shot in a
dark room, but pretty neat don't you think. Note Motorman figure inside car is easily visible. Also note lighted destination board.
FLASH ! Sound Decoder for the "PCC" cars !
Con-Cor has been working with DigiTrax to bring you a Sound Decoder to fit into our new "HO" PCC cars.
The DigiTrax decoder that will fit the best is SDN144PS, and now we have the correct PCC sounds
available for you also.
If you wish to buy the PCC car with a SDN144PS installed directly from Con-Cor, then you only pay for the PCC car, and the Decoder. Then Con-Cor staff will download
the sounds for you and pre-program the decoder, AND INSTALL THE DECODER in your PCC car at no additional charge for labor for you. This free Installation is a $25.00 value ! Order PCC Sound Decoder, item #0001-006006 Retail $ 64.98.
Please contact Vinnie in our Customer Service Depatment if you are interested in this service.
...1-888-255-7826 Monday-Friday 8am till 3:45 pm
Still time to Order yours Now ! Don't miss out on this batch. We sold out on the first shipment pretty quick.
We are still accepting Pre-Orders for the selection of City Names due for the May shipment as well as the HOn3 versions in all City Names. So don't delay, Pre-Order today ! /b>
(Layaway Plan also available, pay for one in easy payments !)
Please scroll down the page for a list of Cities coming in the May Shipment.
View of Interior and Printed Circuit Board
Its a tight fit, but we have a fully detailed interior inside the car as well as all the drive mechanism.
Also, a tiny switch under the car body so you can switch between two rail and
overhead wire operation, yep that's correct, our PCC car will also run off overhead trolley wire if you so choose !
History of the Con-Cor HO PCC Car Model:
Con-Cor chose to model a "Pre-War" model of the PCC car as the Los Angeles PCC #3001 car has
been preserved at the Orange Empire Railway Museum near Los Angles, this car was built in May 1937
and is still running and giving Tourists and Streetcar buffs a short ride at the Museum today, 71 years
after it was first built !
The major difference between the "Pre-WW II" PCC
and "Post-WWII" version was that those built after WW-II had the "Standee" windows above the side windows. Our model is of the
"Pre-War II" car without the standee windows. Although some of the photos shown are of "Standee" cars where we could not find good
color photos of that paint scheme on a Pre-War II car body. Please do not be confused, the only version of the PCC body we are
making is the "Pre-War II" car as shown in the photo above of the Los Angeles car.
While the PCC car was a "Standard Design" bureucrates in the individual cities that bought them
had to add some "personal" touches, such as extra lights, wider Anticlimbers etc etc. We can not
model each and every variation. So we chose to stick with the Los Angeles car which is typical in
most details to the original PCC Car design.
We wish to give a big THANK YOU to George L Huckaby, Custom Traxx, Inc. for helping
us with this project and making various trips to the Museum to gather photos and do research on
Features of the Con-Cor Trains "HO" PCC car model:
DCC Ready with NMRA 8 pin plug
Space for Speaker mount
All wheel drive
Powereful 5 pole motor
Interior with lighting
Working headlights,working tail lights when a decoder is installed.
Authentic paint schemes
Runs on tight 9 inch radius
"Next Car Light" (Where appropriate, see comments below) (Activated by "P3" CV when Decoder Installed.)
Optional DCC Sound Decoder available
Will run off overhead trolley or Two Rail wire just by changing a small switch under the car body (your choice, you can switch back and forth
as you wish)
** Next Car Light:
Some (but not all) cities used what they called a
"Next Car light". This was an extra Red light on the front of the PCC car which the motorman could turn on and off as needed. When
turned on, it told the passengers waiting at the next stop, that this streetcar would not be stopping, either it was "full" or "out of
service" and heading back to the car barn.
** Con-Cor is adding the "Next Car Light" to
some of the cars were appropriate, but this fuction can only be accessed in "DCC" mode when you add a DCC decoder (not
supplied with the model). And then the P-3 Function control can be used to turn the "Next Car Light" On or Off as it is
traveling down the tracks.
Brief History of the origins of the "PCC" Streetcar / Trolley
In the middle of the 1930's Depression, all major cities needed to buy new streetcars, but money of course
was in short supply. So a committee was formed by the Presidents of the transit systems to design a "common"
design streetcar that could be mass produced efficiently. This group was nick-named the "Presidents Conference
Committee" or "PCC".
The design that emerged was to bring modern looks and technology to streetcars, and the basic "PCC" design
was the most sucessful streetcar ever built, 4500 PCC cars ran in 33 cities in North America, and the design was
even copied in Europe after WW II.
The Art Deco Streamlined PCC cars first appeared in 1936, and were a "hit" with the public. They were much
more smooth riding than the existing streetcars, and people would let a "old fashioned" streetcar pass on the street
and wait for one of the new PCC cars to ride on. On Sunday's some cities offered "free" rides on the transit system,
and people would ride the PCC cars to a public park for a picnic, or downtown to the civic center of the city to a
museum or civic event.
Brief History of the Longevity of the "PCC" Streetcars
The Art Deco Look of the "PCC" car probably helped their long life span, but they were well built, and simple
to maintain, so some of the PCC cars built before WW II ran in public service until late 1970's in some cities.
Cars built after WW II, can still be found running " in service" today on public transit systems in San Francisco
and Kenohsa Wisconsin amoung others. Usually painted in "Heritage" paint schemes of various cities from around
the USA and Canada.
And many, many PCC cars, both Pre-WW II and Post- WW II can be found either running or on display at
almost two dozen rail Museums around the USA.
In Summary, the PCC car is a real part of "Americanna" and was the predecessor to the "Light Rail" Transit
Systems built or proposed in many USA cities in the last 20 years.
If no local retailer
carries these items, you may order directly from Con-Cor, by
clicking on the Order button above, or fax to Con-Cor
at 520-721-8940, or by our toll free number 1-888-255-7826 which
is available Monday-Friday between 10:00am and 3:00pm Mountain
standard time , or via
regular mail to:
8101 E. Research Court
Tucson, AZ 85710-6758 USA