Last trip for the last of PATCO's old rail fleet

The last of the old PATCO train cars take their final trip Sunday before they're sent off for total refurbishment.

David Madden
June 09, 2018 - 9:45 pm
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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) -- The last of the old PATCO train cars take their final trip Sunday before they're sent off for total refurbishment. 
    
This is the end of a long and sometimes painful process to modernize the 120 car fleet. PATCO GM John Rink says they decided to give riders a heads up, in case some wanted to take a stroll down memory lane.
    
"With it being the last four cars, pretty much during the week there's a chance we don't run them at all," Rink told KYW Newsradio. "So we wanted to give that opportunity to those who might want to relive and see the old cars run their lest leg before they depart."
    
Actually, these four are not the oldest. They're just the last to be worked on. These cars were brought on board in the 1980's as part of PATCO's service expansion at the time. 
    
"Next week two of them head up to New York, Rink added, "and after that we won't have the opportunity to run just the two and believe it's the week after that those two will be shipped up to New York."
    
The oldest, dating back to 1969, are already redone from top to bottom. The carrier opted to refurbish rather than replace the old cars as a way to save money and extend their service life.