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Vintage trolley car hits streets of San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A vintage streetcar refurbished by volunteers with the Metropolitan Transit System will make its first runs on a downtown trolley loop Saturday.

The lovingly restored 1946 streetcar will depart the 12th and Imperial Trolley station on the hour and half-hour from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The olive green and pale yellow car -- PCC 529 -- is named for the Presidents' Conference Committee, a group of industry leaders that designed streetcars that were faster and more comfortable than their predecessors. For the time being, it will operate on weekends and holidays.

Recalling a scene from the 1973 film "Sleeper," in which Woody Allen wakes up in the distant future and is able to start up an ancient Volkswagen, PCC 529 was found as a "rusty shell" in 2003 under some pine trees in South lake Tahoe, MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski said.

For six years, volunteers and rail experts spent more than 3,000 hours and $850,000 to meticulously restore the streetcar.

For the first two weekends, riders will get commemorative tickets.

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