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Electric streetcar moved to National City Depot

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NATIONAL CITY (CBS 8) - It's a throwback to yesteryear, when streetcars were common in San Diego.

A perfectly preserved streetcar has been transferred from Balboa Park to National City.

It took 4 1/2 hours just to get the four-ton artifact loaded onto a flat bed truck, then it made a trek downtown under the famous Gaslamp sign.

Streetcars actually used to run downtown from the late 1800s to 1949. This specific car retired in 1914 and has been at the San Diego History Center for the past 34 years.

The center just gave it to the San Diego Electric Railway Association, which is dedicated to preserving the history of the San Diego Electric Railway. 

The association wants to restore it to so it can actually run on tracks again, but that will take about $1 million to do. The Board of Supervisors has approved a grant for $50,000 for the restoration. The rest of the money will need to come from donations and corporate sponsors. 

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