Posts Tagged ‘museums’

Pa. Museum Breaks Ground on Visitor Center

May 11, 2021

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum has broken ground on a 21,000-square-foot welcome and education center.

The center is being build as part of the museum’s On Track for the Future campaign to expand its east campus to increase programs and events.

Located in Washington, Pennsylvania, the welcome center is expected open in about a year.

It will have interactive exhibits, classrooms and event room, a ticket office, offices, and a store for the museum, which has 50 trolley cars on display.

The On Track campaign has raised more than $14 million, including a $5 million grant from the Allegheny Foundation and $2.5 million from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

Efforts are underway by the museum to raise an additional $1 million to be used for the new center.

Pa.Trolley Museum To Host Anything on Wheels

June 4, 2019

Alex Bruchac has passed along the news that the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum will conduct its Anything on Wheels event on June 22-23 in Washington, Pennsylvania.

On Saturday the museum will conduct its annual trolley parade featuring more than dozen operating streetcars.

There will be three shows scheduled throughout the day offering plenty of photo opportunities.

Also on the bill are unlimited trolley rides on both days and tours of the non-operating cars in the Trolley Display Building.

An antique truck show will also be held on Saturday while Sunday will have a classic car show.

For more information visit patrolley.org

ITM Gets More Time to Move

June 4, 2018

The Indiana Transportation Museum has received a little more time before it has to vacate its home in Noblesville.

A Hamilton County Circuit Court judge recently ruled that he will decide by the end of this month how much time the museum has to move from its location in Forest Park.

The City of Noblesville had given notice to the museum that it must be out of the park by June 1, but ITM sought a preliminary injunction to delay the eviction.

When the city declined to renew its lease with ITM, museum officials had accused Noblesville of a plot to take possession of equipment left after the June 1 eviction date. City officials denied those allegations

ITM has been in Forest Park since 1960 and its collection includes 78 locomotives and rail cars. It also owns the Hobbs station and more than three miles of track.

The museum wants 18 months to vacate the park site. It plans to re-establish the museum in Logansport, Indiana, about 60 miles north of Noblesville.

In response to the request for an injunction, Hamilton Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Felix said he’ll rule by June 29 and gave the parties until June 13 to submit additional information about the dispute.

“This is a temporary relief for us,” Museum Chairman John McNichols said in a statement. “We think we demonstrated to the court immediate eviction, which could benefit the next supplier, is unreasonable.”

In the meantime, Judge Felix issued a set of conditions for the museum to follow, which includes steps for handling rail cars that might contain asbestos.

ITM is also to keep the city informed about its progress in vacating the park.

A Noblesville city spokesman said the city is willing to give the museum additional time but feels 18 months is too long.

The city has spoken with museum consultants who said it should not take two years for the museum to make its move.