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Pa. Trolley Museum Sets Annual Meet

May 30, 2018

The Pennsylvania Trolly Museum will be conducting its annual Western Pennsylvania Trolley Meet on June 1-3.

Admission each day is $10 per person although a three-day pass can be purchased for $25.

Throughout the meet, cars from various transit companies and agencies will be in operation and on display.

A night photo shoot will be held on Saturday night and coordinated by Steve Barry, editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine.

There will also be model railway vendors, traction memorabilia dealers, presentations, demonstrations, a model contest, and hourly door prizes.

The museum is located at 1 Museum Road in Washington, Pennsylvania. Further information is available at

Hayes to Present at Hoosier Traction Meet

March 27, 2017

Former Akron Railroad Club member Blaine Hayes will be among the presenters at the 34th annual Hoosier Traction Meet on Sept. 8-9 in Indianapolis.

Hayes will present a program titled Cleveland Trackless Trolleys.

The event is being held at the Clarion Hotel, 2930 Waterfront Parkway West Drive.

This year’s event will feature free exhibits that will be open on Friday from noon to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibitors will on display items illustrating the principles and nature of mass transportation systems: photos, books, miniature models, timetables and other collectibles.

The presentations will be given in a 150-seat auditorium with audio-visual presentations of live narration and photographs.

Sessions are expected to run from an hour to an hour and a half with 20 to 30 minute breaks between sessions.

Tickets for the presentations are $40 at the door or $19.50 if purchased before August 25.

Presenters include: Ed Conrad, Union Traction – Union Electric interurban; Andy Maginnis. The Philadelphia (Transit) Story; George Gula, Two Keystone Interurbans: Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton and the Northern Electric; Paul Grether, The Return of Cincinnati Streetcars; Richard Aaron, Toronto; Ken Schramm, Michigan’s Detroit United Railway Operations; Tom McNamara, Cincinnati Transit in Transition from Streetcars to Trackless; Charles Bogart, Current Transit Industry News; Bob Olson, Not Just Your Average Garden Variety

Backyard Electric Railroad; Leo Sullivan, Trolley Freight and Express in New England.

Trolley Service Returning to French Lick

October 3, 2014

A partnership between the West Baden Springs Hotel and the Indiana Railway Museum will return trolley service to French Lick, Ind., in late November.

However, the car to be used in the service will operate by diesel power and not electricity. The car, which came from Portugal, will operate between the hotel and the museum.

The service restoration, which included rebuilding the tracks, was funded in part by a $200,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Much of the original fabric of Portugal car No. 313 has been removed, leaving short portions of the truck, seat frames, and decorative interior hardware.

In rebuilding the car, workers attached a cupola to recreate the look of an original French Lick Streetcar.

A loading platform is being built near the casino on the French Lick hotel property and adjacent to the garden at the West Baden Springs Hotel. The trolley will run seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will be free.

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Pennsylvania Museum Plans Trolley Festival

July 19, 2014

The Pennsylvania Trolley museum will hold a trolley meet on Sept. 12 and 13 that will be patterned after the TrolleyFest that used to be held in Cleveland.

The event in Pennsylvania is being billed as an opportunity to mix you passion for real trolleys on a 2-mile railway with your interest in modeling traction.

The museum hopes that this year’s event will evolve into an even year event.

The Washington, Pa., area has several other attractions for the family and is less than 30 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

The event will be held on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Single day admission will be $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for children ages 2 to 15. A two-day admission will be $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $19 for children.

Among the features of the trolley meet will be HO and O gauge operating layouts, a night photo shoot on Saturday, special trolley operations, and presentations and demonstrations.

Model electric railway manufacturers and dealers are expected to be on hand.