2020/2021 PTM Visitor Guide

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Trolley Tribune

The Official 2020/2021 Visitors Guide 1 Museum Road Washington, PA 15301 724.228.9256 www.patrolley.org







1 Museum Road, Washington, PA 15301 724.228.9256 www.patrolley.org






Christopher Golofski, President Laura Wells, Vice President James Herrington, Treasurer Ralph Ciccone, Secretary William Fronczek, Jr., President Emeritus Don Bailey Dennis Bockus Fr. Jack Demnyan Arthur W. Ellis Robert A. Frank Jeffrey B. King Armand Latour Edward C. Morazcyzk, Esq. Walt Pilof Kathleen L. Sabol Thomas L. Sterling Kevin Zebley Scott R. Becker, Executive Director







April - May Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 4pm The last tour is at 3pm.

June - August Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm The last tour is at 3pm.

September - Mid-December Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 4pm The last tour is at 3pm.

CLOSED Mondays except: Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Washington County Fair. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, hours are subject to change.


Free for PTM Members $12 for Adults $11 for Seniors age 62+ $10 for Children ages 3-15 Children ages 3 and under are free. Admission includes: Scenic trolley rides Guided tours of our collection Exhibits and video presentations Museum store Picnic area Free parking *Special Event rates are higher and vary by event. Please visit patrolley.org for more information.

PTM has some trolleys that can accommodate wheelchairs, as well as a separate wheel chair lift, which can be provided with 24 hour advanced notice.








Our Mission Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s (PTM’s) mission is to communicate the story of the Trolley Era to a diverse audience through the preservation, interpretation, and use of the collection of electric railway and railroad equipment, associated artifacts, and photo and document archives, and to ensure that visitors have an enjoyable and rewarding educational experience.

Our History What started out as the dream of a few people in the 1940s when streetcars began to be replaced by buses and automobiles has grown into one of the finest trolley museums in the country and one of the region’s most popular living history site. PTM has evolved from a handful of volunteers and a few trolleys to over 600 members, over 50 preserved historic railway vehicles, and nearly 30,000 annual visitors. Our collection includes historic streetcars from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and even the famous “Streetcar Named Desire” from New Orleans.

Our Future As visitation continues to increase, PTM is exceeding the museum facility's capacity. The On Track for the Future Campaign is raising funds for expanded program, and an immersive heritage complex that will include a new Welcome & Education Center with a visitors’ center, educational exhibits, classrooms and event rooms.



PTM'S HISTORY: A TIMELINE 1940 The local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society makes an initial attempt to establish a museum to preserve decommissioned trolleys . 1949 The group acquires historic streetcar M1 and doubles down on its efforts to establish permanent protection for its collection. 1953 Pittsburgh Railways Company announces plans to abandon its Washington and Charleroi interurban lines. The club selects a 2000-foot segment for the museum’s needs. 1962 The construction of overhead trolley wires and a power plant allow the first car to run completely on its own power. 1992 The Museum's name is changed to Pennsylvania Trolley Museum to better reflect the collection’s scope. 2003 - 2004 A line extension adds a half-mile of track and a second loop (McClane) is completed.

1946 The Pittsburgh Electric Railway Club is formed by trolley enthusiasts of the NRHS. 1952 A second car, West Penn 832, is purchased and stored at Ingram Car House. 1953 The Pittsburgh Electric Railway Club is reorganized as a non-profit corporation for the purpose of issuing bonds, purchasing track and beginning construction of a permanent home for the collection. 1954 The first three cars are moved to the site operating under their own power, the final movement over the abandoned interurban line. 1963 The Museum, originally named the Arden Trolley Museum, is opened to the public. 1995 The museum’s line is extended and the first turning loop is completed near the village of Arden Mines.

2011 - 2013 Additional amenities are constructed, including an Events Room and an Artifact Preservation Building.

2005 - 2007 Construction is completed on the Trolley Display Building to protect and display more than 30 cars and a substation to provide power to operating cars.

2018 PTM announces the On Track for the Future capital campaign to construct an immersive heritage complex.

2015 - 2017 Wexford Station is acquired and restored to a historic trolley station that is opened to the public as a Museum exhibit.



OUR OPERATIONAL TROLLEYS During your visit to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, you can enjoy a scenic 4-mile ride on one of 14 streetcars beautifully restored by the Museum's volunteers. Our operators have them in rotation, so every visit is a chance to ride a different one!

Philadelphia Suburban #14 Built in 1949 | Acquired in 1982

Philadelphia Suburban #66 Built in 1929 | Acquired in 1970

Phila. & West Chester Traction #78 Built in 1929 | Acquired in 1970

New Orleans Public Service Co. #832 Built in 1923 | Acquired in 1952

West Penn Railways Co. #832 Built in 1930 | Acquired in 1964

Pittsburgh Railways Co. #1711 Built in 1929 | Acquired in 1970

Rio de Janeiro Tramways #1758 Built in 1911 | Acquired in 2006

Cincinnati Street Railways #227 Built in 1919 | Acquired in 2009

Philadelphia Transportation Co. #2711 Built in 1947 | Acquired in 2000

Pittsburgh Railways Co. #3756 Built in 1925 | Acquired in 1954

Port Authority Transit #4004 Built in 1988 | Acquired in 2004

Pittsburgh Railways Co. #4145 Built in 1911 | Acquired in 2009

Pittsburgh Railways Co. #4398 Built in 1917 | Acquired in 1956

Philadelphia Transportation Co. #5326 Built in 1923 | Acquired in 1958



MUSEUM GUIDE BOOK Want to learn more about PTM's collection of historic streetcars? The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum's Guide Book includes a detailed description of each car, as well as more information about the history of Pennsylvania's Trolley Era. Get your copy from PTM's store during your next visit to the Museum! Mention this ad for 20% off your purchase!

WEXFORD STATION This building started life after construction of the Pittsburgh Harmony Butler & New Castle Railway in 1908. Its interesting history includes the 23 years it was used as a freight/passenger station for the Harmony Route, its relocation to the corner of Wexford-Bayne Road and Old Perry Highway in the village of Wexford in 1931, and its 83 years’ use as a post office, antique store, craft shop and deli! In 2015, the station was acquired and relocated to PTM, where it has been restored to its former glory!



Archives & Library WHO WE ARE The archives and library are an extension of the museum. Within the archives, we seek to preserve objects that help to tell the story of the Trolley Era more fully. This includes tens of thousands of photographs from private collections, scrapbooks, maps, uniforms, tokens, transfers, and business records from corporations like West Penn and Westinghouse. We also have a substantial library with holdings covering trolleys, transit, local history, and technical documents related to the trolleys themselves.

WHAT WE DO In addition to preservation, the archives supports the mission of the museum in a variety of other ways. We provide information for exhibits, for restoration efforts, and for museum publications. We also assist the public – researchers, historians, students, hobbyists, authors, and others – by providing access to our collections and by answering questions people may have about trolleys or the Trolley Era.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED If you have a passion for information and a desire to preserve history, then volunteering in the archives may be for you! We have a dedicated group of people but we are always seeking to add volunteers who are eager to learn how to catalog, preserve, scan, and digitize objects. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@patrolley.org if you are interested in helping with our archives and library.




Special Events at PTM The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum offers a number of family-friendly special events throughout the year, appealing to all interests and all ages! On the next page are just some of our events. Be sure to check our website and social media to stay up-to-date on everything happening at PTM! All Special Events hours are 10am-5pm, unless otherwise noted. Visit patrolley.org for more information on all of our events.

A note about our Premium Special Events (*) Premium Special Events may have different admission rates and the use of coupons and discounts may be limited. Advanced reservations for these events are strongly recommended. PTM Members receive discounts on Premium Special Events and early online reservations! Visit patrolley.org/membership for more information.



WESTERN PA TROLLEY MEET Friday & Saturday, June 26 & 27 Join trolley fans and model enthusiasts for vendor trade shows, presentations, demonstrations, raffles, trolley parades, and more. Free to PTM members.

ANYTHING ON WHEELS Truck Show - Saturday, June 27 | Classic Car Show - Sunday, June 28 In addition to tours and trolley rides, visitors can enjoy collections of classic cars, trucks, and tractors, as well as kid's activities, food vendors, and more! Parades of streetcars will be happening on June 27. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

DANIEL TIGER WEEKEND* Friday-Sunday, July 17-19, 24-26 Visit with Daniel Tiger, from the PBS KIDS series “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”! Bring a camera and take your photo with Daniel Tiger and rides on board a beautifully restored antique trolley. Plus, families can enjoy games, activities and refreshments during their visit.

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR PARK & RIDE Saturday-Saturday, August 15-22 Park and ride the trolley to the Washington County Fair. Trolleys run 10am-11pm. $3 per person. Kids 4 & under are free.

DINOSAUR WEEKEND* Saturday & Sunday, September 19-20 & 26-27 Join the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum for our 3rd annual Dinosaur Weekend. Take a ride into the past; it will be a ROARing good time! See special guests, make a craft and enjoy kid's activities!

PUMPKIN PATCH TROLLEY* Saturday & Sunday, October 17-18 & 24-25 Celebrate the fall season with a trolley ride to the pumpkin patch! Children's admission includes a pumpkin to decorate. Enjoy games, crafts, refreshments, trolley rides, and self-guided tours.

SANTA TROLLEY* Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29 | Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 5-6, 12-13, & 19-20 The merriest man himself will be visiting the Museum. Ride on an antique trolley with Santa and enjoy caroling, a toy train display, hot chocolate, and a holiday craft.

TROLLEYS & TOY TRAINS Fridays, December 4, 11, & 18 | 10am-4pm See our Lionel toy train layout, ride a restored vintage trolley, and tour the museum. Tickets can be purchased at the door.



Field Trips & Group Tours FIELD TRIPS Join us for a ride into the past! Trolleys were an important invention that helped people get from here to there and everywhere. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is uniquely positioned to give students vivid insight into one of the most transformative periods of American history. With an emphasis on critical thinking and making connections, our participatory programs encourage students to be part of history through an exploration of the Trolley Era. Visit patrolley.org for program offerings.

GROUP TOURS Groups are invited to step into the past on antique trolleys and explore our extensive trolley collection, including trolleys from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Ohio, New Orleans, and even Brazil. Whether you grew up with trolleys or are a first time rider, PTM offers an enjoyable and educational experience for all. Visit includes a 4-mile scenic trolley ride, guided tour, exhibits, museum store, and picnic area.

Want to book a Group Tour or Field Trip to the Museum? Call 724-228-9256 x302 or email educator@patrolley.org



BIRTHDAY PARTIES Have a birthday party your child will never forget. A vintage trolley arrives in style, bearing a special destination sign featuring your child’s name! The trolley will take you and your guests on a scenic 2-mile ride through the countryside. Then use our Events Room to enjoy cake, presents, and games. Cost is $225 for two hours and up to 30 guests ($7 per additional guest). Birthday Parties are available on weekends from April through November, excluding Special Events. Visit patrolley.org/private-rentals for more information. Or contact our Visitor Services Manager at 724.228.9256 ext. 303 or visitorservices@patrolley.org.

MUSEUM RENTALS Our private Events Room holds up to 60 (banquet style), 75 (classroom), or 85 (cocktail) individuals. Rental fee is $100 per hour for 30 guests ($7 per additional guest) and includes private bathrooms, a small kitchenette, a flat screen TV and DVD player, and a ride on a vintage streetcar! Bring in your own food or work with a caterer. Alcohol service is only permitted with a licensed caterer. Visit patrolley.org/private-rentals or contact us at 724.228.9256 ext. 303 or visitorservices@patrolley.org for more information.



TROLLEY SIMULATORÂ The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is the proud home of the fist trolley operator simulator, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Try your hand at operating a trolley. experience the rumble of the car and the ding of the bells as you use authentic trolley controls. Three video screens will reflect your progress and allow friends and family to watch and experience with you. It might seem to be an easy job, but you'd be surprised!

MERIT BADGE WORKSHOPS The Museum also hosts Merit Badge workshop programs. The curriculum follows the Boy Scouts of America badge requirements, but all youth ages 11-18 may attend any merit badge program. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Check the museum website for upcoming Scout Day programs and registration details.

PRESENTATIONSÂ Interested in bringing the Trolley Era to you? Schedule a presentation by PTM staff or volunteers to learn about trolley history in your area, the nuts and bolts of trolley technology, and so much more.




Something for Everyone! We strongly encourage anyone with a passion for trolleys, regional history, or serving their community to come and join us. Our volunteers range from teenagers to retirees with diverse backgrounds. There really is something for everyone! The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum has experienced tremendous growth in the last 10 years. Having launched its On Track for the Future campaign, PTM will break ground this year and begin construction of a new immersive heritage complex. With the Museum currently engaged in an exciting expansion program, it’s a great time to get involved.



Volunteer Opportunities ARCHIVES Assist the PTM Research Librarian in cataloging and care of archival material.

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS Help maintain and repair PTM’s facilities and historic structures. Assist the groundskeeper to maintain the Museum’s landscape.

EDUCATION Assist with school field trips, courthouse tours, and outreach presentations.

PHOTOGRAPHY Capture images to use in PTM marketing and promotion.

POWER AND SIGNALS Assist in construction and maintenance of overhead trolley wire and signal systems.

SPECIAL EVENTS Assist with the decoration and set up of the Museum before events, and throughout the event as needed. Duties include greeting guests, selling tickets, and distributing refreshments and crafts.

TOUR GUIDE Conduct tours of the trolley collection and of the Museum’s grounds.

TROLLEY CAR MAINTENANCE AND RESTORATION Assist in the maintenance and restoration of our fleet of vintage trolleys

TROLLEY OPERATOR Serve as a crew member and operate trolleys on the PTM’s trolley line.

WAY AND TRACK Assist in maintaining the trolley track and in construction of new track.

Interested in volunteering at PTM? Email volunteer@patrolley.org or call 724-228-9256 ext. 313 for more information.




Your support helps PTM bring Pennsylvania’s Trolley Era to life! The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is made possible by the generosity from the community around us. A significant portion of community support comes from individual donations and literally thousands of hours a year are donated by our volunteers. Without this support, the Museum would not exist. Keeping financial support coming in will help us serve future generations to come! Your support fills the gap between operating costs and admissions revenue and keeps the Museum accessible to a diverse audience. Since the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit museum, all donations are tax deductible to the full amount allowed by law. Here’s how you can help: 1. Make a donation in the Museum store before you leave. 2. Donate via the form on the next page or our online donation form. 3. Become a member and visit the Museum on a regular basis. Thanks for your consideration!

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Inc. is a registered charitable organization in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.


YES! I would like to support the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum! Enclosed is my donation of:




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PAYMENT INFORMATION Check payable to "PTM, Inc."



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Donors at the following levels may choose to receive: $100 - Museum Guidebook

$150 - Western PA Trolley Calendar

$250 - Museum Guidebook & Western PA Trolley Calendar Cut out and return this form to: Pennsylvania Trolley Musem, 1 Museum Road, Washington, PA 15301

ON TRACK FOR THE FUTURE The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum has seen tremendous visitor growth over 10 years. As visitation continues to increase, PTM is exceeding the museum facility's capacity. The On Track for the Future Campaign is raising support for the construction of an immersive heritage complex that will include a Welcome & Education Center to house a visitors' center, educational exhibits, classrooms and event rooms, and more. It will also include Trolley Street, an outdoor display where visitors can tour and ride trolleys, visit the newly restored Wexford Station, rest in a small park area, and enjoy a trolley-themed playground. Visit patrolley.org/capital-campaign to learn more.




PTM Member Benefits Want to enjoy a number of discounts and special opportunities? Become a member! Call 724-228-9256 or visit patrolley.org/membership to learn more. OR CLICK HERE to become a member today!

Admission to Museum





Free for member

Free for member

Free for member, member’s partner and up to 4 children or grandchildren

Free for member and member’s partner

$5 for member

$5 for member

$5 for member, member’s partner and up to 4 children or grandchildren

$5 for member


Not eligible



partner and children/grandchildren are not eligible

partner is not eligible

Except premium special events

Admission to premium special events Must buy online

Eligible to apply for operator training & trolley operator Provided that other requirements are met

Eligible to vote for Museum trustees Discount on purchases in the Museum Store


Not eligible

One vote per membership

One vote per membership

10% off

5% off

10% off

10% off





Discount may not apply to sale and other select items

Subscription to "Trolley Fare", our quarterly magazine

"Premium Special Events" include Daniel Tiger’s Weekend, Santa Trolley & Dinosaur Train. Reservations must be made online during the member’s advanced reservation period . One advanced reservation purchase per event. Visit patrolley.org for more information.



The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is located on the corner of North Main Street and Museum Road, across from the Washington County Fairgrounds.

FROM SOUTHBOUND I-79 Take Exit 41. Turn RIGHT at the bottom of the exit ramp. Turn LEFT on Pike Street at the traffic light. Turn RIGHT onto Country Club Road. Turn RIGHT at the Y-intersection onto N. Main Street Bear LEFT at the next intersection. Travel 1/2 mile, and the Museum will be on your left.

FROM NORTHBOUND I-79 Take Exit 40. Turn LEFT at the bottom of the exit ramp. Turn LEFT onto Country Club Road. Turn RIGHT at the Y-intersection onto N. Main Street Bear LEFT at the next intersection. Travel 1/2 mile, and the Museum will be on your left.

1 Museum Road Washington, PA 15301 724.228.9256 www.patrolley.org