Funds Sought to Return Open Trolley Car #1875 to Service

The Rockhill Trolley Museum is kicking off a campaign to raise funds for mechanical work needed to return our open trolley car to service.

It is our most popular trolley on a hot summer day, however, after more than 45 years of service at the museum, car 1875 needs major mechanical work.

The goal of this campaign is to fund a total overhaul of the car’s running gear. This overhaul will involve complete reconstruction of the trucks and complete overhaul of the electric motors. The wheels also need to be replaced. We are estimating that this work could exceed $70,000.

Please help
return open trolley car 1875 to service
at the Rockhill Trolley Museum

We are fortunate to have been approved for a generous matching grant from the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation. This grant will match $35,000 in contributions from other sources. We have raised approximately $15,000 of our portion of the match.

Make Your Contribution

There are several ways to make your contribution to The Rockhill Trolley Museum.

» Visiting us is one of the most exciting ways you can do so.

You can also:

» Volunteer! We need help in all areas: Operations, Maintenance, Restoration, the Museum Store, and Administration.

Museum Volunteers

Volunteers pose in front of Rio Open Car #1875

» Become a Member

» Donate to one of our car projects

» You can even run one of our trolleys!

Please feel free to Contact Us for more information.


ControlsHave you ever imagined being behind the controls of a real electric trolley?

At the Rockhill Trolley Museum you have the opportunity to operate a real electric trolley car!

Learn the basic operation of an electric trolley car from a museum instructor. After that, you will take the controls and operate the trolley for one round trip to Blacklog Narrows.

Your immediate family can join you on board the trolley to see you become a real trolley operator!

Makes a unique gift for mom, dad or any friend or family member.

Only $75.00 per person includes a one-year membership in the museum and trolleys rides. Participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age and a licensed driver.
Advance reservations required.

Contact the museum about this program.

Download the Run-A-Trolley Form:

Become a Member

Your invitation to preserve history!

The Rockhill Trolley Museum is an educational, all volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of the electric trolley car. Starting with a single trolley car from Johnstown in 1960, the collection now has 22 trolleys. Volunteers are responsible for all development and maintenance of the museum. Here is your chance to take part!

Holiday Volunteer Members

Volunteers Prepare for Holiday Events at Rockhill Trolley Museum

We have members from many different professions. This includes schoolteachers, ministers, mechanics, nurses, clerks, shop workers, jewelers and retirees. All of our members, men and women, volunteer their time to help preserve these old trolleys so current and future generation can learn about America’s trolley era.

As a member of the Rockhill Trolley Museum you will receive: 

  • An annual Pass to ride the trolleys at the museum.
  • Invitations to work sessions at the museum site. Perhaps you have a special skill that would help the museum with a project.
  • Opportunity to learn how to operate a real electric trolley car.
  • Invitation to our special Members Day.
  • Invitations to special trips and tours of transit facilities and other museums.
  • A subscription to our quarterly museum newsletter “The Retriever.”
  • A 10% discount on all Museum Store purchases.
  • A special feeling that you can only get as a volunteer.

We have several membership categories: 

Associate Member: Must be at least 14 years of age. Applicants under 18 years of age must have parental approval and supervision while at the museum site. Associate members receive a Pass to ride the trolleys free, the museum’s newsletter “The Retriever”, and invitations to special programs, trips and picnics. You may also participate in the museum’s trackwork, car restoration, groundskeeping, museum store and other activities.

The annual dues for the Associate membership is $35.00 

Sustaining Membership: Must be at least 18 years of age. Membership includes all the features of an Associate membership plus the opportunity to learn to operate trolleys.

The annual dues for the Sustaining membership is $50.00

Family membership: Family memberships allow the holder to ride regularly scheduled trolleys on the demonstration railway and participate in museum activities. Application must include at least one Sustaining or Associate membership in order to receive Family memberships.

The annual dues for each Family member is $5.00 per person, per year

Members are encouraged, but not required, to participate in museum activities.

There are countless volunteer opportunities for anyone wishing to participate at the Rockhill Trolley Museum.

Complete our Membership Application:

RTM Membership Brochure