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The St. Louis Car Company was a major United Statesmarker manufacturer of railroad passenger car, streetcar, trolleybuses and locomotives that existed from 1887–1973, based in St. Louis, Missourimarker.

The St. Louis Car Company was formed in April 1887, to manufacture and sell streetcars and other kinds of rolling stock of street and steam railways. In succeeding years the company built automobiles, including the American Mors, the Skelton, and the Standard Six. A division of the company produced aircraft such as the Cardinal. During the two world wars, the company manufactured gliders, trainer, Alligators, flying boats, and dirigible gondolas. Among their most successful products were the Birney Safety Cars and the PCC Cars. The Car Company disbanded in 1973.

In the 1940s, St. Louis Car Company was one of the manufacturers of PCC streetcars, a design that was very popular at the time. The firm went on to build some of the vehicles used in the transit systems of New York Citymarker and Chicagomarker, as well as the FM OP800 railcars manufactured exclusively for the Southern Railway in 1939. In 1964, the company completed an order of 430 World's Fair picture-window cars for the New York subway system and was continuing work on 162 air-conditioned aluminum cars for the New York Port Authority to use on the Hudson line to New Jersey.

In 1955, SLCC became a division of General Steel Industries and continued business until 1968 and finally ceased operations by 1973.


See also


  1. Andrew D. Young and Eugene Provenzo, The History of the St. Louis Car Company (Howell North Books 1978)
  2. Young and Provenzo, 267.

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