Vintage Brakes

Following the discussion here over the weekend about employing the Vintage Trolleys on the Loop line, I spoke to Portland Streetcar Executive Director Rick Gustafson.

ADA concerns are not the only obstacle. Both the OMSI flyover on the east side and Harrison Street on the west side feature 7% grades. The braking systems on the trolleys would not be able to handle that steep a grade without upgrades – to the tune of $100K per car.

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