HO Scale SEPTA Kawasaki Single-End LRV

By Imperial Hobby Productions


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THE PROTOTYPES
These big cars (50' long) were delivered to Philadelphia's SEPTA in 1981-1982. 112 single-ended cars were built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan to replace the oldest of the PCC cars then still in service. Now found only on the subway-surface routes on SEPTA, the cars have gone through several paint schemes and even some minor physical changes. All are in service, a testament to the maintainence care given them by SEPTA's shop forces and to Kawasaki.


Thanks to Harry Pinsker for the photo
This car is in the paint scheme used from the time the cars were delivered in 1981-1982 to about 1987. It is sometimes called SEPTA's 'Phase I' paint scheme.


Prototype Photo by Mike Bartel
This car is in the paint scheme used from 1987 to around 2000, sometimes called SEPTA's 'Phase II' scheme.

This brochure was printed when the cars first went into service: