Trolley Museum Displays Latest Restoration

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum recently showed off a restored streetcar as part of capital campaign to raise money for a welcome center.

An artist rendering of the proposed new visitor’s center at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.

West Penn Railways streetcar No. 832 broke a banner during the festivities to highlight the On Track for the Future campaign at the museum in Washington, Pennsylvania.

“Restoration of West Penn Railways No. 832 is one of the early projects completed through the On Track for the Future campaign that will create an integrated, immersive heritage complex on our East Campus. These new amenities will enable us to share our history more thoroughly and expand our educational impact,” said Executive Director Scott Becker in a statement.

No. 832 was one of the original three cars to arrive at the museum when it opened in 1954 and has been restored to like-new condition.

The museum also opened a photo exhibit that spotlights the 200-mile West Penn Railways system, which was western Pennsylvania’s second largest network after Pittsburgh Railways.

It operated in Westmoreland, Fayette, Allegheny, Armstrong and Washington counties, and owned Wheeling Traction in West Virginia.

A new visitor’s center has been a long-time goal of the museum so that it can expand its educational programs.

Thus far the campaign has raised $10 million with the assistance of local businesses, foundations and individuals. The museum also received a challenge grant from the Allegheny Foundation.

The projected cost of the visitor’s center is $13.5 million.

Donations can be made by calling Jessica Garda, Development Assistant, at 724.228.9256 ext. 313 or through PayPal

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