National Capital Trolley Museum

National Capital Trolley Museum Travel back in time and experience the sights and sounds of the trolley era at the National Capital Trolley Museum. Come face to face with history and experience the largest collection of surviving original Washington, D.C.

street cars in the world. Preserving and interpreting the history of electric street and interurban railways for the Nation's capital since 1959. Join us for a trip back in time! www.dctrolley.org | fb.me/dctrolley | instagram.com/dctrolley
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street cars in the world. Preserving and interpreting the history of electric street and interurban railways for the Nation's capital since 1959. Join us for a trip back in time! www.dctrolley.org | fb.me/dctrolley | instagram.com/dctrolley
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This Saturday will be the 56th anniversary of the groundbreaking for Trolley Museum. Checkout our latest edition of Trol...
11/20/2021

This Saturday will be the 56th anniversary of the groundbreaking for Trolley Museum. Checkout our latest edition of TrolleyTime as we commemorate this anniversary: http://trolleytime.blogger.com

This Saturday will be the 56th anniversary of the groundbreaking for Trolley Museum. Checkout our latest edition of TrolleyTime as we commemorate this anniversary: http://trolleytime.blogger.com

11/14/2021

Today, I would like to wish Mr. Howard Stokes of #HowardCountyMD a happy 100th birthday! Mr. Stokes has had an incredible journey. A World War II veteran, Mr. Stokes worked as one of the first Black streetcar drivers for Capital Transit Co. in Washington, D.C. in 1956. I had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Stokes and his wife last week, and presented him with a Governor’s Citation in honor of this milestone!
The Washington Post wrote this feature on Mr. Stokes: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-streetcars/2021/02/20/36196e64-72f6-11eb-85fa-e0ccb3660358_story.html?fbclid=IwAR2rPyk7O68rGsZ8PTyspQIzQwGNQ-4qkmH9SXU1hLosOqYaP4kisnXXJdY

Tickets for our popular Holly TrolleyFest have been selling fast, with one time slot already sold out. While we still ha...
11/12/2021

Tickets for our popular Holly TrolleyFest have been selling fast, with one time slot already sold out. While we still have many tickets left, we encourage booking early to ensure you can select the date and time that works best for you.
Purchase tickets here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1023380/2021-holly-trolleyfest-colesville-national-capital-trolley-museum
Learn more about the event here: https://fb.me/e/15IbCfodN

Tickets for our popular Holly TrolleyFest have been selling fast, with one time slot already sold out. While we still have many tickets left, we encourage booking early to ensure you can select the date and time that works best for you.
Purchase tickets here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1023380/2021-holly-trolleyfest-colesville-national-capital-trolley-museum
Learn more about the event here: https://fb.me/e/15IbCfodN

NCTM wishes a happy Veterans Day to past and present veterans. Thank you for your service.The Capital Transit Company wa...
11/11/2021

NCTM wishes a happy Veterans Day to past and present veterans. Thank you for your service.
The Capital Transit Company was well known for their various patriotic paint schemes, which were applied to both street cars and buses. CTCo 1394 is seen at Mt Pleasant in this image by Leonard Rice. NCTM Collections.

NCTM wishes a happy Veterans Day to past and present veterans. Thank you for your service.
The Capital Transit Company was well known for their various patriotic paint schemes, which were applied to both street cars and buses. CTCo 1394 is seen at Mt Pleasant in this image by Leonard Rice. NCTM Collections.

We are excited to announce that tickets for our popular Holly TrolleyFest are on sale now! Celebrate the season with us ...
11/07/2021
National Capital Trolley Museum

We are excited to announce that tickets for our popular Holly TrolleyFest are on sale now! Celebrate the season with us at the Trolley Museum! Enjoy rides on historic street cars through Northwest Branch Recreational Park, our winter model railway display, festive decorations throughout the museum and meet with Santa himself in Street Car Hall! Reservations are required this year due to capacity restrictions. Ticket inventory is limited. Purchase tickets here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1023380/2021-holly-trolleyfest-colesville-national-capital-trolley-museum
More information: https://www.dctrolley.org/

Welcome To NCTM National Capital Trolley Museum 1313 Bonifant Road Colesville, MD 20905–5955 Tel: 301-384-6088 Announcing: Kiddie Conductor Trolley Time Special sessions (click here) for toddlers (12-36 months) on 4 Thursday Mornings in October & November Open on Saturdays 12 Noon to 5 p.m. Open...

2021 marked two significant anniversaries for the museum - 25 years since the arrival of TTC 4603 (covered last month in...
11/01/2021

2021 marked two significant anniversaries for the museum - 25 years since the arrival of TTC 4603 (covered last month in this article: https://trolleytime.blogspot.com/2021/09/special-edition-silver-anniversary-of.html) and 50 years since the arrival of TARS 678, which we discuss in detail in our latest TrolleyTime article. Read the full article here: https://trolleytime.blogspot.com/2021/11/gold-anniversary-at-nctm-tars-678.html

2021 marked two significant anniversaries for the museum - 25 years since the arrival of TTC 4603 (covered last month in this article: https://trolleytime.blogspot.com/2021/09/special-edition-silver-anniversary-of.html) and 50 years since the arrival of TARS 678, which we discuss in detail in our latest TrolleyTime article. Read the full article here: https://trolleytime.blogspot.com/2021/11/gold-anniversary-at-nctm-tars-678.html

Activities by our shop crews this morning resulted in this impromptu lineup of three of our historic PCC streetcars, all...
10/30/2021

Activities by our shop crews this morning resulted in this impromptu lineup of three of our historic PCC streetcars, all from different countries. Our volunteers continue to work hard to maintain our collection of railway equipment and prepare for a series of upcoming events. We're always looking for volunteers (no experience required) - if you're interested in joining our team, check out our website at dctrolley.org for more information.
More pictures available on our Instagram @dctrolley
Photos by NCTM Volunteer Anthony Vo

Activities by our shop crews this morning resulted in this impromptu lineup of three of our historic PCC streetcars, all from different countries. Our volunteers continue to work hard to maintain our collection of railway equipment and prepare for a series of upcoming events. We're always looking for volunteers (no experience required) - if you're interested in joining our team, check out our website at dctrolley.org for more information.
More pictures available on our Instagram @dctrolley
Photos by NCTM Volunteer Anthony Vo

Recent reorganization of equipment in our car barns resulted in two unifications of three eras of historic Washington DC...
10/25/2021

Recent reorganization of equipment in our car barns resulted in two unifications of three eras of historic Washington DC transit equipment. DC Transit 1101, Capital Transit 1470 and Capital Traction 27 were placed next to each other for a brief period, a relatively uncommon occurrence given space limitations and car shop activity. A special thanks goes out to our dedicated shop crews who have worked tirelessly through the past two years to maintain equipment and advance restoration projects.
Photos courtesy of Anthony Vo / TSMGL

On Sunday, NCTM hosted a "Meet the Artist" event with local artist Martina Sestakova, whose work is displayed in the Vis...
10/18/2021

On Sunday, NCTM hosted a "Meet the Artist" event with local artist Martina Sestakova, whose work is displayed in the Visitor's Center as part of a program sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Guests enjoyed an exhibition of art as well as refreshments and a special ride on the historic PCC street car, DC Transit 1101.
Photos courtesy of Cinthia Martinez.
Our facilities are available to rent outside of our public operating hours for private events, and they make an ideal setting for virtually every occasion. For more information, and to book, visit https://www.dctrolley.org/parties.html

The Trolley Museum thanks the Arts and Humanities Council for granting us annual operating support.
10/07/2021

The Trolley Museum thanks the Arts and Humanities Council for granting us annual operating support.

National Arts and Humanities Month has begun! Follow the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County as we highlight the incredible individual artists and scholars who help make Montgomery County a vibrant place to live, work, and play all month long 🎉

Fall is finally here! We are so glad that are once again able to offer autumn trolley rides over our two mile round trip...
09/22/2021

Fall is finally here! We are so glad that are once again able to offer autumn trolley rides over our two mile round trip demonstration railway. Due to operating constraints we remain open on Saturdays only, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Tickets are available for advance reservation online at dctrolley.org - we strongly encourage advance reservations as walk up sales may be limited due to capacity restrictions.
We will monitor foliage conditions on our campus and make an announcement as we approach peak colors.
Photo by Hermes van der Lee.

Fall is finally here! We are so glad that are once again able to offer autumn trolley rides over our two mile round trip demonstration railway. Due to operating constraints we remain open on Saturdays only, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Tickets are available for advance reservation online at dctrolley.org - we strongly encourage advance reservations as walk up sales may be limited due to capacity restrictions.
We will monitor foliage conditions on our campus and make an announcement as we approach peak colors.
Photo by Hermes van der Lee.

We're open today from 12:00 - 5:00. Join us for rides on historic streetcars and explore 100 years of Washington metro r...
08/28/2021

We're open today from 12:00 - 5:00. Join us for rides on historic streetcars and explore 100 years of Washington metro region transit history. Tickets available online at dctrolley.org/visit or at the door.
Photo by NCTM Volunteer Anthony Vo / TSMGL

We're open today from 12:00 - 5:00. Join us for rides on historic streetcars and explore 100 years of Washington metro region transit history. Tickets available online at dctrolley.org/visit or at the door.
Photo by NCTM Volunteer Anthony Vo / TSMGL

DC Transit 1101, the first PCC car in Washington, was brought outside briefly this weekend to accommodate our Blackpool ...
08/23/2021

DC Transit 1101, the first PCC car in Washington, was brought outside briefly this weekend to accommodate our Blackpool boat tram, BTS 606, in Street Car Hall.
We’ve reopened and are operating every weekend on Saturday. Advanced ticket reservations are available online, and we have resumed selling tickets at the door. For more information, visit our website at dctrolley.org.

DC Transit 1101, the first PCC car in Washington, was brought outside briefly this weekend to accommodate our Blackpool boat tram, BTS 606, in Street Car Hall.
We’ve reopened and are operating every weekend on Saturday. Advanced ticket reservations are available online, and we have resumed selling tickets at the door. For more information, visit our website at dctrolley.org.

08/22/2021

For more than 75 years, our friends at Shore Line Trolley Museum have operated a demonstration railway on the original right of way of the Connecticut Company. Shore Line purchased the track and overhead wire from Connecticut Company in the 1940s. The Museum then moved the trolley collection from New Haven before the line was abandoned between New Haven and East Haven where the Museum is located.

For more than 60 years the Shore Line Museum stored its collection of cars in barns at the edge of a salt marsh along the scenic trolley line. The location was flooded more than once meaning the wheels and motors of the cars were soaked with salt water.

Recently the Museum built new car barns on land above sea level. This post from Shore Line shows the new barns and a few cars moved up from the marsh in advance of tropical storm Henri.

Trolley Museum trustees participated in a strategic planning meeting today. The Museum is updating its plan as part of o...
08/21/2021

Trolley Museum trustees participated in a strategic planning meeting today. The Museum is updating its plan as part of ongoing support from Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

86 years ago today was the final day of service on the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad, a high spe...
08/20/2021

86 years ago today was the final day of service on the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad, a high speed electric interurban railroad that served Maryland for three decades. The railroad played an important role in the development of many Maryland communities and thus holds a unique place in the transportation history of the Washington DC metro region.
Check out today’s edition of TrolleyTime: https://trolleytime.blogspot.com/2021/08/virtual-exhibit-washington-baltimore.html?m=1

86 years ago today was the final day of service on the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad, a high speed electric interurban railroad that served Maryland for three decades. The railroad played an important role in the development of many Maryland communities and thus holds a unique place in the transportation history of the Washington DC metro region.
Check out today’s edition of TrolleyTime: https://trolleytime.blogspot.com/2021/08/virtual-exhibit-washington-baltimore.html?m=1

Earlier this year, NCTM was approached by producers of Science Channel's IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING television series to fil...
08/16/2021

Earlier this year, NCTM was approached by producers of Science Channel's IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING television series to film a brief segment on the electro-magnetic brakes utilized by our Washington DC PCC street car 1101. The episode aired June 23rd; you can watch it for free by clicking here: https://www.sciencechannel.com/video/impossible-engineering-science/worlds-greatest-submarine-2491582 (the segment featuring 1101 begins around the 33 minute mark.)

Earlier this year, NCTM was approached by producers of Science Channel's IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING television series to film a brief segment on the electro-magnetic brakes utilized by our Washington DC PCC street car 1101. The episode aired June 23rd; you can watch it for free by clicking here: https://www.sciencechannel.com/video/impossible-engineering-science/worlds-greatest-submarine-2491582 (the segment featuring 1101 begins around the 33 minute mark.)

Thanks to our friends at Capital Sky Eye, you can now learn about the history of transit in the Washington-metro region ...
07/27/2021
National Capital Trolley Museum

Thanks to our friends at Capital Sky Eye, you can now learn about the history of transit in the Washington-metro region without ever leaving your home. Check out our complete virtual museum experience by visiting https://www.capitalskyeye.com/virtual/dctrolley/.
At this time the museum remains on a Saturday only operating schedule - if you are unable to visit the museum on Saturdays, we encourage you to check out this virtual tour; and, of course, visit our museum campus as soon as possible. Tickets are available online at dctrolley.org.

Virtual Tour of the National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, Maryland

NCTM is now accepting member cards from these museums for certain member benefits, such as 10% off museum stores purchas...
07/24/2021

NCTM is now accepting member cards from these museums for certain member benefits, such as 10% off museum stores purchase. Simply present your member card to the cashier to receive your benefit.
More information about each respective museum is available at https://www.trolleywayfinder.org
You can sign up for NCTM membership via our PDF form here:https://www.dctrolley.org/images/MembershipApplication.pdf

NCTM is now accepting member cards from these museums for certain member benefits, such as 10% off museum stores purchase. Simply present your member card to the cashier to receive your benefit.
More information about each respective museum is available at https://www.trolleywayfinder.org
You can sign up for NCTM membership via our PDF form here:https://www.dctrolley.org/images/MembershipApplication.pdf

Happy Fourth of July from the Trolley Museum.The museum is open on Saturdays for walk-ups and advance reservations. Make...
07/04/2021

Happy Fourth of July from the Trolley Museum.
The museum is open on Saturdays for walk-ups and advance reservations. Make sure a visit to the Trolley Museum is on your calendar this summer!

Happy Fourth of July from the Trolley Museum.
The museum is open on Saturdays for walk-ups and advance reservations. Make sure a visit to the Trolley Museum is on your calendar this summer!

We've had a couple cancellations for today and have more availability for walk in visitors! Head on over to the museum (...
06/26/2021

We've had a couple cancellations for today and have more availability for walk in visitors! Head on over to the museum (open 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm) and discover the Washington street car story. Tickets available here: dctrolley.org/reservations

We've had a couple cancellations for today and have more availability for walk in visitors! Head on over to the museum (open 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm) and discover the Washington street car story. Tickets available here: dctrolley.org/reservations

Visiting the world famous Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC this summer? Consider taking a trip to the Trolley Museu...
06/19/2021

Visiting the world famous Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC this summer? Consider taking a trip to the Trolley Museum and discover the rich history of Washington, DC's transit systems. Timed entry tickets available. More information: https://trolleytime.blogspot.com/p/about-us.html

Visiting the world famous Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC this summer? Consider taking a trip to the Trolley Museum and discover the rich history of Washington, DC's transit systems. Timed entry tickets available. More information: https://trolleytime.blogspot.com/p/about-us.html

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1313 Bonifant Rd
Colesville, MD
20905-5955

There is no direct access to the museum via public transit. Visitors arriving from Washington DC and surrounding locations are encouraged to take Metrorail's RED LINE to GLENMONT, and then take a taxi (approx. 5 miles, 8 - 10 minutes, $14/way) to the museum. There is NO bus service to the museum from Glenmont. If you need further public transit instructions, please call us during our operating hours.

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LAST STREET CAR DEPARTS THE VISITORS CENTER A HALF HOUR BEFORE CLOSING TIME. HOURS OF OPERATION: Saturdays, Sundays: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day, July 4th, & Labor Day: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays (March 15th - May 15th, June 15th - August 15th & October 1st - November 15th): 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. NOTE: The Museum is CLOSED on December 24th, 25th & 31st and January 1st FAQs and CAR LOCATIONS & STATUSES: The current operational status of all streetcars in the museum collection is posted here > https://link.thunderpenny.com/ioeyC *INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY*: Streetcars operate RAIN OR SHINE, UNLESS lightning is present. If lightning is present, car departures will be temporarily suspended until the storm passes. Please CALL THE MUSEUM (301 384-6088) the day of your visit to confirm streetcar departures.

Opening Hours

12pm - 5pm

Telephone

+13013846088

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Travel Back in Time

The National Capital Trolley Museum, in cooperation with Montgomery County Parks, brings the sights and sounds of the trolley era to visitors of all ages. Experience early 20th century transit as you travel two miles aboard a Washington street car, an American trolley, or an European Tram. Tour Street Car Hall with a docent. See "Street Cars Go to the Movies" and the Rock Creek Railway model in Main Hall. Enjoy interactive exhibits, film programs, and the Museum Shop.

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[There is no way to access the museum via public transportation. Visitors from Washington DC may take Metrorail’s RED LINE to GLENMONT, but will have to take a taxi (10-15 minute trip) from there to the museum.]


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    Grant Project Highlight: National Capital Trolley Museum In July, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) awarded 116 matching grants, totaling $5.03 million in funding for heritage tourism and education projects across Maryland's 13 heritage areas. This week, we are excited to share a project taking place in the Montgomery County Heritage Area (Heritage Montgomery). With MHAA support, the National Capital Trolley Museum has begun to repair the Capital Transit Company 1430 Trolley (CTCo 1430). This trolley served residents of Washington, D.C. during the 1940s and 50s and is emblematic of the types of transportation that moved thousands of people throughout the city. Built in 1944, CTCo 1430 is the last example of a “war baby,” built to rectify the challenges of the wartime economy with the demands of civilians at home. Read more about the CTCo 1430 and how these types of trolleys were stripped down to the basics during their wartime production on the museum’s website: https://www.dctrolley.org/DCTS1430.html Photos are provided courtesy of the NCTM Library. #MHAAgrant #MHAAgrants #MHAA #Maryland #Heritage #PublicHistory #MD #HeritageTourism #HeritageAreas
    Volunteers Russ Munroe, Lee Duncan, Doug Carrier and Fred Maloney were hard at work over the weekend re-tarping No. 197. The car is from Capital Transit and was one of a large group that served Pennsylvania Avenue from 1910 until being progressively replaced by pre-PCC streamlined cars, and then by PCC cars starting in the mid-1930s. No. 197 was built into a summer house on Chesapeake Bay, and donated to the National Capital Trolley Museum, who “regifted” it to Seashore. National Capital also made a generous contribution towards its moving expenses. More volunteer help is needed to tarp additional trolleys during our off season. If you would like to help our efforts please email [email protected]. 📷 Doug Carrier
    These huskies, Roo and Rory, are from Ellicott City! Jen is hosting the National Capital Trolley Museum’s first ever NACSW event this February.
    ATTENTION CTM MUSEUM MEMBERS! During 2021 season, transit museums from Maine to Maryland are participating in reciprocal discounts for members of other trolley museums. Click here https://www.trolleywayfinder.org/ for participating Museum discounts. AND if you are a Museum Member of these participating transit Museums you can visit us (CTM) for half-off general admission. This offer is not applicable during special events. Rockhill Trolley Museum, Seashore Trolley Museum, Trolley Museum of New York, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, New York Transit Museum, National Streetcar Museum at Lowelll, Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, The Shore Line Trolley Museum, Baltimore Trolley Museum & National Capital Trolley Museum
    Here is another view of thew 050 car.
    Well, we'll see if this works!! This is the G scale model of the 050 crane car which I last saw sitting on the siding of the old Falls Barn during the summer of 1959. It took many hours, some few pictures, and lots of memories to get this done. A real shame this valuable piece was not saved for the museum as it would have been a great asset and certainly an attraction for the museum.
    1053 soon after its arrival in March of 1970. Checking over what needs to be done in preparation for a test run. Charles Pineda photos.
    Lost DC Trolley!
    My father was president of the Columbia Heights Business Men's Association. Here during their "Parade of Progress" he's welcoming the bus which would replace the trolley the very next day. He's holding my older brother who's shaking hands with the bus driver, while my mom watches. from the curb. Photos are stamped: Herman Gochenour, photographer, Arlington VA on back.
    Your recently acquired PCC no. 1470 looks quite a bit like the late no. 1512 "Silver Sightseer", could it be one of the same class or batch? Now, of course, 1512 had a lot of unique additions, and nothing can really replace it, but could 1470 be a representative of 1512 before it was upgraded?
    Still photos are nice but since NCTM is closed, more videos here would be nice if you have someone willing to take the time when & if you're still running trains.
    WASHINGTON & GEORGETOWN RAIL ROAD! At the Top of High Street or ‪32nd Street in the day, Now Wisconsin Avenue, we had a bar inside the place‬ where the horses were re-hitched up to the trolley cars. In the day horses could not pull the cars to the top so a cable system was developed by Georgetown Traction to pull the cars to the top of the hill. The bell in the last picture has been in our family as it was presented to Terrance Sellers upon retirement from the company as he was at the time chief conductor. Copperthite and sellers have married each other at least 3 times over the past 100 plus years with my mom Anita Robinson Copperthite Sellers is who passed along the bell to me.