The Brookville BulletinThe Newsletter of Brookville Equipment CorporationWinter 2020-21BROOKVILLE Ships Final PCC Streetcar in 16-unitProgressive Rebuild for SFMTABROOKVILLE completed a major rebuild of sixteenPCC Streetcar vehicles for San Francisco MunicipalTransportation Agency (SFMTA) in December2020, marking the end of a multiyear program thatincluded 13 single-ended PCC streetcars originallymanufactured in the 1940s and restored in the early1990s, and three (3) double-ender cars, which includetwo separate operator compartments for operation onthe Agency’s E Line.The 16-car rebuild was the second of its type forBROOKVILLE, which also completed a progressiverestoration of 16 vehicles beginning in 2004 for SFMTA.At present, BROOKVILLE has made contributionsto each of the 32 PCC streetcar vehicles thatSFMTA operates.This restoration included disassembling the vehiclesto their bare frame, completely rebuilding the trucksand associated components, upgrading electronics,refreshing vehicle interiors, and a completerefinishing, among other upgrades. Notably, eachvehicle features a unique livery or paint schemethat serves as a tribute to streetcar fleets that onceoperated across the United States.
The President’s CornerBy Rick GrahamThe year 2020 was like no other in BROOKVILLE’s100-plus year history. While we had some greataccomplishments in our business, the year wasovershadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic from both abusiness and operational standpoint.Like many companies, we reduced on-site operations inMarch, supporting work-from-home activities for roleswhose on-site presence is not an absolute necessity.By the end of March, we had halted operations entirelyto protect the health and safety of our workers andour community, before restarting manufacturing in lateMay. I commend our staff here at BROOKVILLE forcontinuing to embrace these unforeseen changes andkeep moving forward in these challenging times. I knowthat your adaption during this pandemic was not easy,however, our products and services output has beenminimally affected through your efforts in both safety andproductivity each and every day.As of early 2021, work from home has continued for staff where possible atBROOKVILLE, but we are encouraged by the emergence of several vaccines andcommend our brilliant doctors and scientists for this progress. We also salute ourfrontline workers for their commitment to tirelessly preserving health and safety in ourcommunities and across the country.Despite these unprecedented challenges, BROOKVILLE still had a great year in 2020and continued to deliver products, services, and support for its customers. We hadkey deliveries, including the shipment of the two incline railway vehicles (IRVs) toChattanooga Are Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA), the delivery of the finalPCC streetcar in a progressive rebuild of 16 vehicles for San Francisco MunicipalTransportation Agency, and the completion of an 8-kit propulsion and truck systemorder for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston. We also had someexciting developments and deliveries for our mining customers, including newequipment for Sibanye-Stillwater and Arch Resources.UpcomingEventsAPTA Expo 2021Sept 1 – 3, 2021Anaheim, Calif.Booth #3126MINExpo 2021Sept 13 – 15, 2021Las VegasBooth #6016Railway Interchange2021Sept. 26 – 29, 2021Indianapolis, Ind.In 2021, we are hopeful to a return to normalcy – not just for the benefit of ouroperations and our team – but for our customers and our community – because thatwill mean we, as a country, as a people, and as a world have persevered this taxingpandemic and can begin to move forward into a more optimistic future.NowHiringBROOKVILLE is actively seeking dedicated, talented individuals to aid in the design and manufacturing ofmodern and heritage streetcars, freight and commuter locomotives, and mining and tunneling equipment.Visit brookvillecorp.com/jobs.asp to discover what opportunities are currently available.BROOKVILLECORP.COM
Liberty NXT Streetcar Development Moves ThroughManufacturing Phase in 2020BROOKVILLE’s Liberty NXT Streetcar developmentprogressed from the design phase into the manufacturingphase in 2020, with the first vehicle set to ship to ValleyMetro for the Tempe Streetcar in early 2021.A variation of the new Liberty NXT design platform isalso in the works for a joint order from Sound Transit’sTacoma Link LRV in the State of Washington andPortland Streetcar in Oregon.The Liberty NXT Streetcar is the next evolution ofBROOKVILLE’s flagship Liberty Streetcar design, whichwas introduced in 2015 in Dallas, Tx., and also currentlyoperates for QLINE Detroit, The Hop Streetcar inMilwaukee, and the Oklahoma City Streetcar.The Liberty NXT design includes a new carbody designthat exceeds ASME RT-1 design requirements forstreetcar crashworthiness*, customizable anticlimber andcoupler heights, and an optional roof-mounted onboardenergy storage system (OESS).* - Liberty NXT Streetcars will meet all ASME RT-1crashworthiness standards, while also accounting forcollisions between streetcar vehicles and LRVS. LibertyNXT Streetcars will comply with all California Public UtilityCommission buff strength requirements.814.849.2000
BROOKVILLE Delivers New Vehicles to ChattanoogaArea Regional Transportation Authority for LookoutMountain Incline RailwayBROOKVILLE delivered two all-newincline rail vehicles (IRV) for ChattanoogaArea Regional Transportation’s (CARTA)Lookout Mountain Incline Railway inMarch 2020.The IRVs were designed and built aspart of a two-vehicle contract that wasinitiated in August 2018. BROOKVILLEworked with CARTA to develop thecustom vehicles, which are designedto meet the steep grades of LookoutMountain while providing optimumpanoramic views through curved glassroof window panels.While the IRVs maintain the signatureaesthetic appearance of the vehiclesof the time period of the railway’sopening 120 years ago, BROOKVILLEintegrated several modern amenitiesinto the design, including modern transit-style seating,stanchions, thermoplastic interior paneling, and slipresistant flooring.“The CARTA IRV development is an incredibleshowcase of a combination of BROOKVILLE’s talentand experience delivering transit vehicles combinedwith its aptitude for creating unique and challengingcustom solutions for its customers,” said BROOKVILLEPresident Rick Graham. “We are proud to deliver theseunits to CARTA and thank them for their confidence inour team’s ability to deliver these unique IRVs to theirhistorical railway.”The IRVs are propelled up and down the mountain bya wayside cog-driven cable system, as they travel up a72.7% grade, on 56.5-inch rail gauge, along ‘America’sMost Amazing Mile’. The Lookout Mountain InclineRailway originally opened in 1895 and celebrated its125th anniversary in 2020.BROOKVILLECORP.COMOne of two new BROOKVILLE-built CARTA Incline RailVehicles (above) makes a test trip up Lookout Mountain. ABROOKVILLE IRV passes one of the IRV’s CARTA replaced.
BROOKVILLE ReconstructsBROOKVILLE Delivers EightOperations to Combat Spread PCC Streetcar Kits forof COVID-19 and ContinueBoston’s MBTADelivering for CustomersBROOKVILLE completed the assembly of eight(8) propulsion and truck kits for PCC streetcarvehicles operating along with Massachusettsduring Global PandemicBay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) AshmontMattapan Line.The kits include modernized electronic drivesystems and newly-fabricated trucks and associatedcomponents, which will prolong the service life ofthe agency’s fleet of eight PCC Streetcars.In March 2020, as the global pandemic began to impact theUnited States, BROOKVILLE transitioned to a work-fromhome program for staff who had the resources to work awayfrom the facility. Non-essential travel was halted. A weeklater, per Governor mandate, BROOKVILLE and all othernon-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth ofPennsylvania were ordered to close their physical locations.BROOKVILLE was later granted a waiver by the Governor’soffice to reopen, but out of an abundance of caution,remained in limited operations, but continuing to pay allemployees who were not actively working, made possiblethrough a Federal Payroll Protection Program loan.BROOKVILLE resumed full operations in late May, albeit, withwork from home continuing where possible. As of early 2021,BROOKVILLE continues to operate with limited staff on-site.As part of this transition, BROOKVILLE had to adapt andpivot to a remote system for IT, cloud-based file sharing, andvideo conferencing software, which were all implementedquickly and efficiently by BROOKVILLE’s IT staff.For those with essential on-site roles and visitors toBROOKVILLE’s facilities, BROOKVILLE mandates masks,conducts daily temperature screenings, and practices socialdistancing whenever possible. BROOKVILLE’s EnvironmentalHealth and Safety Specialist Chad Davis has worked withBROOKVILLE leadership to implement the changes andmanage on-site safety on a daily basis.814.849.2000
SFMTA’s Unique PCC PaintLiveries Serve as Tribute toAmerica’s Transportation HistoryThe San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)PCC streetcar vehicle fleet features a diverse host of liveries(paint schemes), with each vehicle boldly serving as a tribute tothe historical streetcar systems that once operated throughoutNorth America.Until the 1960s, PCC streetcars were prominent in cities ofmany sizes. The liveries provide a preservation of America’srail transportation history, specifically the public and privatecompanies that utilized PCC streetcars. To see the liveries ofSFMTA’s entire PCC streetcar fleet, visit streetcar.org/streetcars.Car No. 1056 – Kansas City, Missouri-KansasCar No. 1010 – San Francisco Municipal Railway (1940s)Car No. 1050 – St. Louis Public Service CompanyCar No. 1061 – Pacific ElectricCar No. 1007 – Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Co.Car No. 1057 – Cincinnati, OhioCar No. 1053 – Brooklyn, New YorkBROOKVILLECORP.COMCar No. 1015 – Illinois Terminal Railroad
Arch Resources Chooses BROOKVILLE for NewMining Equipment FleetLongtime client Arch Resources selected BROOKVILLEfor a new diesel rail equipment fleet to serve its new LeerSouth metallurgical coal mine development in West Virginia.The fleet will consist of 35 support vehicles, including18 personnel carriers, nine (9) locomotives, and eight(8) maintenance vehicles. More than half of the unitshave been shipped to the mine, with deliveries slated tocontinue in 2021 ahead of the mine’s production start-up,slated for late 2021.BROOKVILLE30-Ton LocomotiveBROOKVILLE18-Man Personnel CarrierBROOKVILLE8-Man Maintenance Vehicle814.849.2000
BROOKVILLE Ships Its First-EverStage V Mining Locomotives toSibanye-StillwaterDecade AwardsAlthough the BROOKVILLE could not gather for aluncheon and photo of our recipeints this year, theBROOKVILLE team wishes to recognize its dedicatedDecade Award recipients of 10-year and 30-yearservice awards.30 YearsAndrew Meyers and Marshall Williams10 YearsNicholas Brocious, Joseph Clinger, MatthewHergenrother II, Kenneth Hilliard, Jason Maher,Keith McCracken, Edwin Ortz and Bradley RoofWelcome AboardPlease join us in welcoming our new hires.EngineeringSean Baier – Electrical EngineerField Service SupportJoseph Davis – Equipment Maintenance TechnicianInformation TechnologyJacob Reinard – IT InternInventoryFind us on facebook:In December 2020, BROOKVILLE shipped a pair of 20-tonlocomotives to Sibanye-Stillwater’s Nye, Mont., Stillwater Mine.Based on BROOKVILLE’s20-ton tform,which had previously been developed for Stillwater, the twolocomotives feature a Stage V low-emissions Cummins 6.7Ldiesel engine, which meets a European standard that exceedsEPA Tier 4 Final emissions requirements.The design profile of the vehicles is higher and narrower than therail vehicles produced for Appalachian Coal low-height seams.The locomotives also include a backup camera with an in-dashmonitor, HVAC system, and proven BROOKVILLE drivetraincomponents, including planetary drive and wet disc braking.Sibanye-Stillwater’s Stillwater Mine is a Platinum GroupMetals (PGM) producing mine, with outputs includingplatinum and palladium.Like our page at facebook.com/BrookvilleEquipmentCorpYou can also find BROOKVILLE on: LinkedIn, Flickr,and YouTube!BROOKVILLECORP.COMDustin Bacik – Inventory ClerkNathan Shoffstall – Inventory ClerkManufacturingThomas Emings – Painter/Body MechanicBrian Lindemuth – SandblasterRobert McGranor – Mechanical AssemblerMike Rafferty – WelderNew ArrivalsIt’s A Boy!Jesse James Lester V6/26/2020Jesse Lester and Michaela JayIt’s A Girl!Holly Ann Wissinger6/23/2020Cody and Ashley WissingerEmma Grace Himes8/7/2020Jesse and Marissa HimesSaylor McNeil10/12/2020Joel and Christin McNeil
BROOKVILLE leadership to implement the changes and manage on-site safety on a daily basis. BROOKVILLE Delivers Eight PCC Streetcar Kits for . Car No. 1057 - Cincinnati, Ohio Car No. 1053 - Brooklyn, New York Car No. 1061 - Pacific Electric. BROOKVILLECORP.COM 814.849.2000 Arch Resources Chooses BROOKVILLE for New