PCC No. 1008 on Interstate 5 at Lost Hills, CA, en route to San Francisco, July 20, 2012. Paul Lucas photo.
Well, we guessed wrong on the route the first restored double-end PCC would follow to get back to Muni from Pennsylvania. Our volunteer charter coordinator, Paul Lucas, was surpri…wait, we’ll let him tell it (from our Facebook Group).
> “I’m driving down to LA on I-5 and pull off to grab some food. While walking back to my car, something catches the corner of my eye: it’s a streetcar! It’s #1008 sitting on a flatbed truck parked at a gas station. It’s just north of Bakersfield [at Lost Hills]. This seems kind of out of the way if it’s supposedly coming on I-80 from Pennsylvania. Still, talk about a chance encounter!”
We don’t know why this southerly route either, but doesn’t matter. Thanks, Paul, for the nice photo and reporting.
UPDATE: Our board member Jeremy Whiteman reports that No. 1008 arrived at Muni that evening (July 20, 2012) safe and sound and was unloaded the following morning. Our guess is that it will be rapidly entered into the testing phase in preparation for the still-planned America’s Cup weekend service August 25-26.