National Capital Trolley Museum

National Capital Trolley Museum 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
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 [User Policies: http://bit.ly/2ngjuRC]
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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.

Mission: The National Capital Trolley Museum preserves and interprets the history of electric street and interurban railways for the Nation's Capital.

Thank you to everyone who joined us today for DC Transit Day. The weather cooperated nicely, allowing 1101 to operate th...
01/26/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us today for DC Transit Day. The weather cooperated nicely, allowing 1101 to operate the entire day. Your next chance to ride this car will be our April Cavalcade of Street Cars.

DC Transit Day is in full swing. DCT 1101 is in service, and our display of Washington transit artifacts is open. Don’t ...
01/25/2020

DC Transit Day is in full swing. DCT 1101 is in service, and our display of Washington transit artifacts is open. Don’t miss out!

DC Transit 1101 is in service today!
01/25/2020

DC Transit 1101 is in service today!

Join us tomorrow for DC Transit Day as we commemorate 58 years since the end of street car service in Washington. It loo...
01/24/2020

Join us tomorrow for DC Transit Day as we commemorate 58 years since the end of street car service in Washington. It looks like the weather will be holding up, which means DC Transit 1101 (pictured here) will be in service for rides. And don't miss our display of Washington transit artifacts in the auditorium. 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Picture: DC Transit 1101 at the Peace Monument, photographed on the last day of service in 1962. At right, roughly the same position as the first photograph was taken, almost six decades later (via Google Maps).
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As usual, we reserve the right to substitute equipment in case of mechnical malfunctions, staffing shortages or inclement weather. Thank you for your understanding.

DC Transit Day is less than a week away! We invite you to join us for rides on DC Transit 1101, tours of Street Car Hall...
01/20/2020

DC Transit Day is less than a week away! We invite you to join us for rides on DC Transit 1101, tours of Street Car Hall, and access to our special display of Washington street car memorabilia in the auditorium. Plus, we have a limited quantity of reproduction transfers available free! One per person, available in the auditorium while supplies last.

Join us on Saturday, January 25 for DC Transit Day as we commemorate 58 years since the end of street car service in Was...
01/05/2020

Join us on Saturday, January 25 for DC Transit Day as we commemorate 58 years since the end of street car service in Washington. DC Transit 1101, Washington's first PCC-type trolley, will be in operation*. New this year, we will have a display of rare, never before seen artifacts from our archives and private collections. One day only! Normal admission fees will apply.

*We reserve the right to substitute equipment without notice in the event of mechanical failure. We appreciate your understanding.

Here is a classic photo we share on this day each year. 60 years ago today, the last of the streetcars ran on the belove...
01/03/2020

Here is a classic photo we share on this day each year. 60 years ago today, the last of the streetcars ran on the beloved Cabin John line. In this post, orginally published December 4 2016, Jesse Smith recalls riding the last Cabin John streetcar on January 3 1960.

"[60] years ago: It was the very last trolley trip EVER, from Washington to Glen Echo Amusement Park, and to Cabin John. They were beginning to rip up Washington’s old Capital Transit trolley system around D.C., and this was a major line, at the very end of its time. My Granny always liked trains, is much of the reason I do, and had taken brother Spencer and me on our first train trip just a few years earlier (riding the B&O from Silver Spring to Philadelphia and back). So here, January 3rd, 1960, seated somewhere inside this very car, are Granny and little Jesse, riding that historic last trip on Cabin John’s final trolley run. Within just two years, all the trolleys in DC would be gone. And this picture? A chance posting by Facebook friend Guy Span, which he took all those [60] years ago! Thanks, Guy!"

Our thanks to Jesse Smith for his permission to share the post, and to Guy Span who took the photograph.

(This post was originally published December 4 2016 with permission from the author, Jesse Smith. It is republished here, Jan. 3 2020, with minor edits for clarification.)

Yesterday marked the final day of Holly TrolleyFest (one of our most successful in recent years!) and the last revenue r...
12/30/2019

Yesterday marked the final day of Holly TrolleyFest (one of our most successful in recent years!) and the last revenue run of the decade.
The past 10 years have been amazing, and we extend thanks to our visitors and special thanks to the volunteers that made it all happen.
We look forward to trolley filled “roaring 20s”!
Photo by Hermes van der Lee

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at NCTM. 🎉
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at NCTM. 🎉

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Holly TrolleyFest this year! Our volunteers (and Santa) enjoyed serving you. We ...
12/23/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Holly TrolleyFest this year! Our volunteers (and Santa) enjoyed serving you. We appreciate the support!
While Santa has returned to the North Pole for his big night, the museum will be OPEN, and our holiday decorations will remain up, December 28 and 29. We invite you to join us.
Happy Holidays from everyone here at NCTM.

Today’s the last day of Holly TrolleyFest! Come join us for trolley rides with Santa before he heads back to the North P...
12/22/2019

Today’s the last day of Holly TrolleyFest! Come join us for trolley rides with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole!

12/16/2019
Thank you to all of our guests that came out yesterday to ride our trolleys with Santa! We appreciate the support and ho...
12/15/2019

Thank you to all of our guests that came out yesterday to ride our trolleys with Santa! We appreciate the support and hope everyone had a good time.
Yesterday was also one of the first times that our New York car, Third Avenue Railway System 678, was in service with all of it's lettering. Except for the logo in the center of the car, 678 lacked virtually all of it's interior and exterior lettering (an unfinished part of the restoration completed years ago). Contractors lettered the car, inside and out, a few weeks ago, and we are pleased to place the car back into occasional service in its complete (fully lettered) form. While we don't have an operating schedule for this specific car, we make attempts to operate it during Holly TrolleyFest. (A photo of the interior is in the comments below.)

We're back at it again today! Santa will be here riding the trolleys from 12:30 - 4:30 (and yes, all of our trolleys are...
12/15/2019

We're back at it again today! Santa will be here riding the trolleys from 12:30 - 4:30 (and yes, all of our trolleys are heated!)
If you can't make it today, don't worry! We still have one more weekend of Holly TrolleyFest (Dec 21 & 22).

Santa’s here! We’re running cars all day until 4:30. Our trolleys are heated and the rain is not impacting operations!
12/14/2019

Santa’s here! We’re running cars all day until 4:30. Our trolleys are heated and the rain is not impacting operations!

Santa returns tomorrow! Join us for unlimited streetcar rides with Santa 🎅 (yes, unlimited rides with Santa!) and enjoy ...
12/13/2019

Santa returns tomorrow! Join us for unlimited streetcar rides with Santa 🎅 (yes, unlimited rides with Santa!) and enjoy our holiday toy train display! Skip the line at the shopping mall and enjoy our family friendly holiday activities.
Streetcars depart the Visitor's Center every 40 minutes - the first departure is at 12:30pm, and the last is at 4:30.

Holly TrolleyFest is now open! Join us for UNLIMITED RIDES WITH SANTA on our historic trolleys, and enjoy our holiday tr...
12/07/2019
Washington, DC Area Holiday Train Guide

Holly TrolleyFest is now open! Join us for UNLIMITED RIDES WITH SANTA on our historic trolleys, and enjoy our holiday train display in the Auditorium. 🎅 🦌 🛷 🎄
Click here (Holly TrolleyFest) for more details.

A guide to holiday train activities in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. There are several holiday train displays and rides around the DMV.

Today we pause to remember those lost on December 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
12/07/2019

Today we pause to remember those lost on December 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor Hawaii.

Santa arrives tomorrow! Doors open at 12:00pm, and Santa will be on the first streetcar departure at 12:30pm.
12/06/2019

Santa arrives tomorrow! Doors open at 12:00pm, and Santa will be on the first streetcar departure at 12:30pm.

Take a trolley ride with Santa, shop an artist market or two and catch a world-class holiday show. We’ve got your weekend plans covered around Montgomery County, Maryland. Create your own #MontgomeryMoment! Full List + Details: bit.ly/2QXmNwv

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We've exceeded our goal of $10,000 in less than four hours! Thank you to all of our fantastic and generous donors!
12/03/2019

We've exceeded our goal of $10,000 in less than four hours! Thank you to all of our fantastic and generous donors!

Help us return one of our PCC cars, Toronto Transit Commission No. 4603 (pictured), to service! We need your help- our g...
12/02/2019

Help us return one of our PCC cars, Toronto Transit Commission No. 4603 (pictured), to service! We need your help- our goal is $10,000 and DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED until the matching funds run out. All donations are tax deductible!
DONATE NOW: https://www.power2give.org/campaigns/1121
Thank you for your support.

It’s Cyber Monday! When you shop Cyber Monday deals at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6054669, AmazonSmile donates to Nat...
12/02/2019

It’s Cyber Monday! When you shop Cyber Monday deals at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6054669, AmazonSmile donates to National Capital Historical Museum of Transportation Inc at no cost to you!

11/28/2019
Bethesda Marriott
11/27/2019

Bethesda Marriott

All aboard! Take a trip back in time when you hop on a historic trolley ride at the National Capital Trolley Museum.
Photo by @dctrolley

We are excited to be included in Montgomery County, MD Tourism blog “The Perfect Weekend Getaway Itinerary for History L...
11/15/2019
The Perfect Weekend Getaway Itinerary for History Lovers | Visit Montgomery

We are excited to be included in Montgomery County, MD Tourism blog “The Perfect Weekend Getaway Itinerary for History Lovers:”
http://ow.ly/kYDf30pSJDa

If you’re a history lover, get ready to pack your bags because we have the perfect weekend itinerary for you! From having lunch at a tollhouse to strolling through a once-beloved theme park, there are so many different and exciting ways to experience all of the wonderful historical sites Montgomer...

11/11/2019
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) 5954, built 1924, resi...
11/09/2019

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) 5954, built 1924, resides in our collection and is on public display.

The city of Berlin unified several street railway companies in 1920 to form Berliner Strassenbahn. To replace the many different tram types inherited from these firms, Berliner Strassenbahn hired Peter Behrens to design a standard two-axle car. The five hundred T24 type motor cars numbered 5701 to 6200 and five hundred B24 trailers numbered 1 to 500 featured steel bodies with truck-less construction and could carry sixty-four passengers (only twenty-four in seats). The Company split the large order among thirteen German builders for delivery between 1924 and 1926.

Berliner Strassenbahn became Berliner Strassenbahn Betriebs GmbH in 1923 which the city combined with bus and subway operations to form Berliner Verkehrs Aktiengesellschaft (BVG) in 1929. A cream color replaced the white and yellow tram fleet livery in 1934. Another name change in 1938 created Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe which kept the initials BVG. The post-war division of Berlin created two operating entities using the same name. In 1967 BVG accomplished a 1954 decision to end tram service in West Berlin.

Stadtwerke Karlsruhe-Verkehrsbetribe (VBK) acquired BVG 5954 and BVG 5964 to serve the Federal Garden Show of 1967 with "Old-Timer" trams from other cities. For this special operation along a one-kilometer route from Castle Park to City Park, VBK 5954 received blue-gray paint with cream scrolls on its lower body panels, crepe paper flowers along the ceiling, and striped-canvas window curtains. VBK 5964 received similar treatment with mint green paint and eventually went to a museum in Hannover, Germany.

The Museum purchased and moved VBK 5954 to Northwest Branch Park during the Spring of 1969. Restoration as BVG 5954 followed and this tram is on display in Street Car Hall in its cream-colored livery (color scheme).

Coming soon! Holly TrolleyFest or dctrolley.org for more information.
11/09/2019

Coming soon! Holly TrolleyFest or dctrolley.org for more information.

Happy Halloween! To those of you brave enough to go out tonight, stay safe!
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween! To those of you brave enough to go out tonight, stay safe!

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on their World Series win!
10/31/2019

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on their World Series win!

YOUR WASHINGTON NATIONALS ARE 2019 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!

This is a peak weekend for fall colors in Maryland! Come on out and join us today for scenic trolley rides through two m...
10/27/2019

This is a peak weekend for fall colors in Maryland! Come on out and join us today for scenic trolley rides through two miles of Northwest Branch Park. Our last weekend of Pumpkin TrolleyFest is also taking place today! Children can enjoy a pumpkin craft for just $1. Open until 5:00pm rain or shine.

Six of our historic streetcars posed in our yard early Saturday morning, before 50th Anniversary Extravaganza operations...
10/21/2019

Six of our historic streetcars posed in our yard early Saturday morning, before 50th Anniversary Extravaganza operations began, for a group picture. This was the first such display in years, and the first for restored CTCo 522 and CTCo 09.
We look forward to hosting similar photographer events in the future.
Photo by Hermes van der Lee.

323 years of Washington DC transit history gathered together today for the first time in recent museum history. This was...
10/19/2019

323 years of Washington DC transit history gathered together today for the first time in recent museum history. This was also Capital Traction Co. 522's first time outside since completion of restoration several years ago.

Our sincere thanks to all of our volunteers and visitors who came out to celebrate our 50th anniversary with us! We look forward to planning similar events in 2020... be sure to stay tuned to our page and website for updates.

Trippy Tacos 240 is here with us today! Come on out and grab some amazing Mexican food!
10/19/2019

Trippy Tacos 240 is here with us today! Come on out and grab some amazing Mexican food!

Our 50th Anniversary Extravaganza starts soon! You won’t want to miss this special event!
10/19/2019

Our 50th Anniversary Extravaganza starts soon! You won’t want to miss this special event!

Shoutout to our friends at Simply Fresh Events for catering Cheers to 50 Years yesterday! We look forward to working tog...
10/18/2019

Shoutout to our friends at Simply Fresh Events for catering Cheers to 50 Years yesterday! We look forward to working together in the future.
Interested in booking Street Car Hall for your next private event? Visit our website at www.dctrolley.org for a full fee structure.

We had the opportunity to work at a fun new venue this week! National Capital Trolley Museum offers a creative space for all sorts of events! You can also charter a private vintage trolley ride 🚌🚎

Check out their website for more information on rentals and the museum!

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for Cheers to 50 Years! DC Transit 1101 made a special evening run for th...
10/18/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for Cheers to 50 Years! DC Transit 1101 made a special evening run for the first time following interior restoration, seen here in front of the Visitor's Center. You can ride this car and more during our 50th Anniversary Extravaganza! this Saturday.

10/17/2019

Live from Cheers to 50 Years!

DC Transit 1101 is back!
10/17/2019

DC Transit 1101 is back!

10/17/2019
10/16/2019
Montgomery Parks

Check out this awesome video from our friends at Montgomery Parks! The festivities begin TOMORROW with our Cheers to 50 Years! Anniversary Celebration!

This event will be streamed live for those unable to attend.

Clang, clang, clang goes the trolley!

Ride vintage trolleys at the National Capital Trolley Museum’s Fiftieth Anniversary Street Car Celebration this Saturday from 12 to 5 on.

We wish our Parks Partner all the best on its golden anniversary.

Now, climb aboard and take a trip through park land!

More on the Saturday event: http://ow.ly/3gfC30pJ7av.

10/11/2019
Cheers for 50 Years!

Join us as we celebrate 50 years! Details and Tickets: Cheers to 50 Years! / tinyurl.com/nctm50years

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1313 Bonifant Rd
Colesville, MD
20905-5955

There is no easy access to the museum via public transit. Visitors arriving from Washington 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.

General information

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

Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(301) 384-6088

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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.

Important Information for visitors:

[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.]


  • LAST STREET CAR DEPARTS THE VISITOR’S 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


  • EQUIPMENT/CAR STATUSES:
  • The current operational status and display location of all streetcars in the museum collection is posted here > http://bit.ly/2v5O6bh . For information on the streetcar(s) operating on the date of your visit, you may call the museum (301-384-6088) no earlier than 15 minutes before scheduled opening (11:45 on Saturdays and Sundays and 9:45 on Thursdays and Fridays.) Please know that equipment is subject to change without notice.


  • *INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY*:
  • Streetcars operate RAIN OR SHINE except in any case when lightning is present. If lightning is present, car operations will be temporarily suspended until the storm passes. Usually the museum buildings remain open as normal for the duration of such storms. Should you have any concerns, or for streetcar operation updates during your visit, please call the Dispatcher at 301 384-6088.

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    Oct. 17, 2019. Celebrating 50 yrs.
    Oct. 17, 2019. Celebrating 50 years.
    Does anyone know when the last time the Montgomery Ballet danced at the Trolley Museum? My daughter danced there several times, the last time in 1978.
    We are planning on visiting your museum in Sept 2019, while we will be staying near Dupont Circle. Also we will visit the Baltimore trolley museum. We will be using only public transport while in the DC area. Finding a good way is very difficult, your web site is of little help. We know that we have to connect at the Glenmont Metro station. We need bus connection info from that station to your museum. Routes & schedules & where to get off to get to your place. Is there a walk & how far? We are not young. Found some info, had to break a tooth doing so. Routes #26 & #49 go towards the museum, but not all the way, where do we get off for the closest walk & how far would that be. Rt #39 is part-time not on weekends. Would be nice if you had that info on your site, like other museums do. And I could not find a link on your website that I could send an email to.
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    Question: Why did DC Transit not remove the bridges on the Cabin John line when it was abandoned? In around 1980, half of the bridges were removed but 5 are still standing today. Why?
    Remembering Ed Frazier, early 70s. Photo by C. Pineda
    Not sure if this is allowed but trying to get info on this photo. Wondering if anyone has any insight on the street car, location or date.
    766 being weather proofed soon after its arrival in the spring of 1970. (internet find)