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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.
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.
When our museum began searching for this type of car they had been long absent from the American streets. A search turned up several cars in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where it is always warm. These cars were built to United States specifications but were assembled in Rio using Brazilian woods. In 1965 our Museum acquired three of these open summer cars in a joint venture with other museums similar to ours.