Our Mission
San Diego Vintage Trolley, Inc., a non-profit subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transit System, aims to recapture a piece of a beloved era in public transportation by acquiring and restoring vintage streetcars for operation in San Diego.


Discovering Old PCCs


Our first World War II-era streetcar has been painstakingly restored from non-operating antique to fully functional trolley. It has been upgraded with wheelchair lifts and modern propulsion and communications systems while preserving all the charm of the original vehicle. Even the hand-cranked windows along the top of the cars still work!

The first three cars, once used in the San Francisco MUNI system, were acquired from a collector in South Lake Tahoe. Three others in our hands originally operated in Southeast Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. They were trucked to San Diego as oversize loads.

When first received, the streetcars were in poor condition. The interiors were in shambles.

The highly specialized restoration has been performed by dozens of volunteers, led by the San Diego Electric Railway Association, over a period of five years. More than 10,000 hours of work has gone into the project.

The effort follows successful vintage-trolley operations in several other cities, including San Francisco, Portland, Little Rock, Tampa Bay and Boston.

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