The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, located at 1 Museum Road, Washington, Pennsylvania, is a museum dedicated to trolleys and includes several restored examples.Add Pennsylvania Trolley Museum to your Washington travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Washington trip builder.
The origin of the museum can be traced to a group of electric railway enthusiasts who acquired Pittsburgh Railways Company M-1, a small four wheel Pittsburgh trolley in 1949. It and Pittsburgh Railways Company 3756, a single end lowfloor and West Penn Curveside 832 were stored for them in Ingram Carhouse by Pittsburgh Railways until 1954. In 1953 the Pittsburgh Railways Interurban line from Pittsburgh to Washington was abandoned and the newly formed Pittsburgh Electric Railway Club bought 2000ft of the line next to the old County Home trolley stop north of Washington in Chartiers Township, Pennsylvania. On February 7, 1954 the three trolleys stored in Pittsburgh were run to the museum site from Pittsburgh under their own power shortly before the line was removed. They were followed by Pittsburgh Railways Company 4398, a double ended lowfloor car which then returned the museum members back to Pittsburgh, forming the last passenger service on the line.
Following a period of restoration and rebuilding the Arden Trolley Museum opened to the public in June 1963.
In 2012, the museum adopted a cat, called Frank the Trolley Cat, after Frank J. Sprague, the inventor of the trolley wheel.
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The trolley grounds are spectacular. We walked around for about 45 minutes. There's trains and working trolleys.
The trolley grounds are spectacular. We walked around for about 45 minutes. There's trains and working trolleys. more »
We went during their Halloween event (in 2019) and it was nice. There were three trolleys in operation that day and we rode them all. The conductors and other volunteers were very knowledgeable and friendly. The lactation room in the back of the street car storage area with a rocking chair and a changing table was a lovely suprise!
Very kind people, super knowledgeable. Everything was well kept up and clean. Only reason for losing a star is because it seemed to lack activities. Before attending, I thought of recommending it to friends with kids. However I didn’t see a lot of things to keep younger kids interested for more than a very short time.
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