Magazines » Pacific RailNews - January 1985 » Page 32

of 40

January 1985 - Page 32

recently installed just south of the entrance at San Jose and Niagara Aves. Muni was apparently too late to secure any Melbourne, Australia, cars for the city's future historic trolley line. Only 50 cars of the same class as Car 648 already in the city were reportedly available at the end of 1 983, and by the spring of 1 984 all had been ac quired by other parties. Now Muni is study ing the possibility of buying a number of cars from Milan, Italy, like No. 1 834 that arrived in the city this past summer. One advantage of the Milan car is that it can be one-man operated, whereas the Melbourne car requires a two-man crew. On the other hand, however, the Melbourne car is double-

r 900ao

. .

y"':l'A:J':J'n-."J"l(t:-.yx( P' QUALITY RAIL ROAD BOOBS

( SENT OUTSIDE U . S . . SEND $ 1 )

')l'A:l'",.rA; J!A l',A :J'A . , UU


1 1 5 I STREE T ( 9 1 6 ) 447-9665 O L D SACRA M E N TO, CA 9 5 8 1 4



ended and the Milan is not, which will require turning loops or wyes on the planned Embarcadero and Historic Trolley lines. There are reportedly about 300 Milan cars still available. As of the September 19 schedule change, K and M line cars no longer run through at their outer terminal at San Jose and Geneva Aves. The K-Ingleside cars now use the loop around Metro Center with the terminal at the BART Balboa Park Station, where it was in previous years, again providing a direct passenger connection with BART. The ter minal f the M-Ocean View cars is still at or Geneva Ave., but to avoid traffic congestion these cars continue on San Jose Ave. and turn back at an old crossover on Ocean Ave. near San Jose. When the J line is extended, M line cars will run through with the J line cars down San Jose Ave. LRV 1 252 is currently testing f our open ing side windows at each corner of the car to improve interior ventilation. All of Muni's LRVs were built and delivered with solid sealed windows. These have been the cause of numerous passenger complaints since the day the cars entered service. The LRV venti lation system has not proved adequate, and on most days of the year in San Francisco's mild climate these cars become quite warm and stuffy. The lack of air circulation is even worse in the Market Street Subway, especial ly if there is some kind of delay such as a car breakdown. These new windows open on the top half and are solid below, similar to win dows installed on Muni's currently arriving order of new Flyer Diesel buses. If this window test is successful, Muni will request funds to install them in the rest of the LRV fleet. LRV 1 252 is also testing a wheelchair lift on one end. It was installed about two years ago and has not seen much use in recent months.


to the

San Diego Trolley
By Ralph Forty

A m odern look at the historic Overland Route from Chicago to San Francisco via the Sp, Wp, Up, D R G W, B N , C N W. 2 47 B /W photos, 104 pgs . . . . . . . . . $14.95 - Also Available NorthWestern Pacific Pictorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golden State Rails .


. $10.95
. $8.95



Wesley Fox P.O. Box 26976 Lakewood, CO 80226 C olo. Res. add Sales Tax Dealer terms available.

The San Diego Trolley completed the 1 984 fiscal year with a farebox recovery rate of 79.7%. The released figures give the SDT the best recovery rate of any transit operator in North America. Two additional stations, Chula Vista H Street and San Ysidro International, are to be equipped with wind/rain screens. Both are prone to winds from the ocean and lower bay, leaving southbound passengers open to the elements. Passengers presently gather be hind the east side shelters on rainy and windy days, scurrying across the tracks at the last minute. The new shelters should protect the passengers from the elements and also be an added safety f actor. Recently a contract was let to install traffic preemption signal devices on C St. and 1 2th

Ave. The city recently installed a low-voltage traffic signal system throughout the city which eliminated the old system. Concern was caused by the 600-volt trolley system damaging the lower voltage traffic system, but the new preemption devices will be a low 24-volt reliable system and compatible with all concerned. The city of Lemon Grove has proposed restoring the downtown Lemon Grove rail road station to serve as a multimodal facility. The project will be incorporated into the East Urban Line Broadway Station. A com bined funding total of $ 1 24,000 will be used for design and construction of the project. East line construction appears everywhere along Commercial Street where utility relo cation and street improvements are being taken as a first stage. Included is the removal of many of the long-disused spur tracks along the way. Two major bridge projects are also well underway. The first is an additional span over Imperial Avenue with a shorter bridge span over Chollas Creek. The MTDB Board was recently presented with three alternatives with respect to the present Euclid project and passing tracks. The particular tracks involved were in the Greenwood Cemetery area and used only occasionally by freight trains before East line construction began. Alternative One called for extending the passing tracks and deleting other portions with an estimated cost of $285,000. The second alternative was to extend the passing tracks with a price tag of $850,000. The final alternative called for a complete double-tracking of the Euclid proj ect and set at $ 1 ,470,000. The exception to this is the single-track bridge over I-80S. The Board voted for the third alternative to have a double-track line when service begins in April 1 986, and not have a traffic disruption on the line when service was running while trying to double-track after revenue startup. Future costs were also taken into account with cost escalation and a prob able smaller contract. Looking into the future after the East line reaches EI Cajon the MTDB recently re ceived a feasibility study for extending the line to Santee. The estimated capital cost for the double-track line is $3 1 .9 million, with four stations involved. Daily ridership for the year 2000 on this section is estimated at 4, 1 30. Construction on the South line is far from over. The MTDB, San Diego Trolley and SD&AE recently entered into an agreement with Cal Trans for the relocation of tracks and construction of bridges across the Sweet water River Channel. The bridges will re place existing wooden bridges used by both operators. The track relocation (to the east) and bridges are being constructed by Cal Trans as part of the 1-5/54 interchange project. Costs will be paid for by the state. The MTDB will be required to maintain the bridges when complete while the state will maintain the interchange structures over the railroad right-of-way. Grading for the over pass structures is well underway.

3 2 JANUARY 1 985

Added March 24, 2011 - Share