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]

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.

Two years ago today, NCTM members toured DC Streetcar’s new facility in Washington, DC representing the next generatio...
07/10/2019

Two years ago today, NCTM members toured DC Streetcar’s new facility in Washington, DC representing the next generation of streetcar service in the District. In addition to equipment maintenance, general and dispatching offices are located here.
Additional photos from the tour are available in an album in the Photos section.

Throw back to the morning of May 11! Bill Monaghan snapped this photo of DC Transit 1101 just after the car had been pul...
07/07/2019

Throw back to the morning of May 11! Bill Monaghan snapped this photo of DC Transit 1101 just after the car had been pulled out of the car barn. This is one of our favorite photos of this beloved car.

Here’s some local history from 97 years ago today featuring the Montgomery County Police Department!https://reedbrothe...
07/04/2019
Montgomery County Police Department Celebrates 97th Anniversary (1922-2019)

Here’s some local history from 97 years ago today featuring the Montgomery County Police Department!

https://reedbrothersdodgehistory.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/montgomery-county-police-department-celebrates-97th-anniversary-1922-2019/

Today marks the 243rd anniversary of the birth of our nation and the 97th anniversary of the beginning of the Montgomery County Police Department. Cattle rustling, bootlegging and stealing poultry …

07/04/2019

Happy Fourth of July from your friends at the Trolley Museum! 🎉
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Just a reminder, we’re open today! Come join us for trolley rides!

Celebrate the 🇺🇸Fourth of July🇺🇸 at the Trolley Museum! We’ll be open from 10am - 2pm on July 4, with trol...
06/30/2019

Celebrate the 🇺🇸Fourth of July🇺🇸 at the Trolley Museum! We’ll be open from 10am - 2pm on July 4, with trolley rides every thirty minutes.
The museum is also open every Thursday and Friday until August 15, in addition to our normal weekend hours.

Montgomery Parks
06/28/2019

Montgomery Parks

This weekend, explore history in the parks during Heritage Days!

Visit our historic sites and Parks Partners!

Woodlawn Museum at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, Harper Cabin at @Brookside Nature Center, National Capital Trolley Museum, Hyattstown Mill Arts Project are open both Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30.

Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, Agricultural History Farm Park, and King Barn Dairy Mooseum are open only Saturday.

For more on the schedule: http://ow.ly/Xpiz50uqa8F.

#HistoryInTheParks #ParksPartners

Hey families! We’re running special children’s programs Thursdays and Fridays all summer long! These activities are ...
06/26/2019

Hey families! We’re running special children’s programs Thursdays and Fridays all summer long! These activities are included at no charge in any museum admission. ☀️ Check out our website (dctrolley.org) for more details.

Throw back to construction of our current museum. Railroad contractors installed our new railway, seen here adding one o...
06/25/2019

Throw back to construction of our current museum. Railroad contractors installed our new railway, seen here adding one of the Plaza Loop switches in front of the newly completed Street Car Hall building.

Heritage Montgomery
06/21/2019

Heritage Montgomery

Join us June 29 & 30 for Heritage Days 2019 and celebrate history on the rails at the National Capital Trolley Museum, the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, the Gaithersburg Community Museum, and the Germantown Bank, where Germantown Historical Society, Maryland will conduct walking tours of the historic railroad town. Find full details at bit.ly/2WLzQay

06/18/2019
Tim

Thanks to Tim Mitchell for sharing this 360 video with us! Watch this with Google Cardboard or a VR headset for the full experience!

Boat car trolley tour at the National Capital Trolley Museum (360 video, 15 minutes).

Come check us out! We’re here until 4pm.
06/08/2019

Come check us out! We’re here until 4pm.

ICYMI: We will have a history display set up at Trolley Trail Day (Riverdale Park Town Center) this Saturday! Don’t mi...
06/06/2019

ICYMI: We will have a history display set up at Trolley Trail Day (Riverdale Park Town Center) this Saturday! Don’t miss a rare opportunity to view authentic Washington street car and Metrorail artifacts.

We had such a great response to our discussion last night and for the upcoming Trolley Trail Day, we thought we would toss out an image from the National Capital Trolley Museum. Can you tell us where?

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society
06/06/2019

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society

Remembering D-Day and the sacrifice made by so many

Father's Day is coming soon! If you shop on Amazon, be sure to use Amazon Smile (use this link: https://smile.amazon.com...
05/31/2019

Father's Day is coming soon! If you shop on Amazon, be sure to use Amazon Smile (use this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6054669). When you do, Amazon.com donates 0.5% of your purchase total to the Trolley Museum - at no additional cost to you! Your contributions help preseve Washington transit history. Thank you!
*Support the Museum now with Amazon Smile: smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6054669

Today we honor those who died serving their country. May their contributions and sacrifices never be forgotten.--Capital...
05/27/2019

Today we honor those who died serving their country. May their contributions and sacrifices never be forgotten.
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Capital Transit 1430 (pictured below in 2011) was built during World War II in 1944 under sanctions of the War Production Board (cars Capital Transit 1400-1464 earned the nick-name of "War Baby PCCs.") Although built to prewar specifications, cars in this order were stripped of all non-essentials, including the traditional PCC headlight wings and curved aluminum trim at the car ends, which was replaced by dark grey striping. Painted steel replaced chromed anti-climbers, and stainless steel window sash, window guards and seat frames. Capital Transit also modified 1430 with air-operated drum brakes in lieu of tread brake shoes. These cars also were the first in Washington to feature dash lights.

Capital Transit 1430 was based at the Northern Division (Decatur) and provided service on 14th Street. Considered the least well-constructed PCC cars in the fleet, the cars in the 1400-1464 series were the first PCCs stored as ridership declined in the late 1950s.

Rockhill Trolley Museum purchased Capital Transit Transit 1430 from a junk dealer in 1966 and traded the car to NCTM in 1997. It is on display in Street Car Hall, awaiting restoration.

We're open today from Noon until 5 pm! Join us for trolley rides, Street Car Hall tours, and the special exhibit HOMEFRO...
05/27/2019

We're open today from Noon until 5 pm! Join us for trolley rides, Street Car Hall tours, and the special exhibit HOMEFRONT STREET CARS. Plus, in the auditorium, screenings of Tilly the Trolley and Billy the Bus, a wartime production of the Capital Transit Company, and Ten Seconds to Go, a wartime production of Kansas City Public Service.

Several of our guests have asked lately about the status of DC Transit 1101. Currently the car is undergoing a major int...
05/26/2019

Several of our guests have asked lately about the status of DC Transit 1101. Currently the car is undergoing a major interior restoration. Crews removed all of the seat cushions and light fixtures and have begun to stip the ceiling of paint. Once that is complete, the ceiling will be repainted, fixtures and seats reinstalled, and period placard advertisements placed above the windows.

Meanwhile, restoration work on Capital Traction 27 continues; we look forward to releasing the car for public display later this year.

The team that made it happen: Matt Nawn, Andrew Nawn and Mike Lawson pose with Capital Transit Company 09 on April 13 af...
05/19/2019

The team that made it happen: Matt Nawn, Andrew Nawn and Mike Lawson pose with Capital Transit Company 09 on April 13 after installing the rebuilt resistor grid in the historic snow sweeper, which turns 120 years old this year. Thanks to this team's hard work, the sweeper is now available for limited operation, and we anticipate the opportunity to run the car at least once more this year.

Thanks to everyone posting photos from $20 Day! Six cars, the most operated in one day in recent museum history, partici...
05/12/2019

Thanks to everyone posting photos from $20 Day! Six cars, the most operated in one day in recent museum history, participated: DC Transit 1101, Capital Traction Company 09, HTM 1329, Toronto Transit 4602, Third Avenue 678, and Blackpool Transit 606. STIB 1069 was on display.
Here are a few photos courtesy of Hermes van der Lee and Charlie Pineda.

Our first ever Twenty Dollar Day has come to a close. We extend our sincerest thanks to the many dozens of visitors who ...
05/12/2019

Our first ever Twenty Dollar Day has come to a close. We extend our sincerest thanks to the many dozens of visitors who came out today! In total, well over $1,000 was raised for the restoration of Philadelphia and West Chester Traction Company No. 85.
We are also pleased to announce that our 1899 Washington DC snow sweeper, CTCo 09 (pictured), had one of it's resistor grids serviced; Mr. Matthew Nawn, and son Andrew Nawn, generously donated extensive time and effort to service the grid, allowing CTCo 09 to return to occasional service today for the first time in at least four years. Our thanks to Matt and Andrew for their hard work! CTCo 09 will operate on special event days in the future. Please follow our social channels for updates on the car.
As this fundraising event was a success, we look forward to the opportuntity to hold another $20 Day, and similar events, in the future. Follow our website and social media for updates. Thanks to everyone at Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys for organizing today.
Again, thanks to everyone who joined us today. We hope you had a good time. If you've got photos from today that you'd like to share, please feel free to share them- Direct Message our page with the button below.
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Pictured: Capital Traction Company 09, an 1899 McGuire-built snow sweeper, pauses on the Plaza Loop after emerging from Street Car Hall. Matt Nawn's 1949 Plymouth sits besides the car.

05/11/2019

Remembering Kenneth H. Rucker.

*Important Information for $20 Day, Sat. May 11*                 ------------The museum doors will open at approximately...
05/09/2019

*Important Information for $20 Day, Sat. May 11*
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-The museum doors will open at approximately 9:30 AM for those attending An Appreciation of the Life of Ken Rucker, a celebratory event of the life of the late Ken Rucker, former Director of NCTM. This program begins at 10:00 AM in Street Car Hall, and is free for all to attend. Refreshments will be served following the program, and a free ride on our Boat tram will be offered to these guests weather permitting.

-If you are NOT attending An Appreciation of the Life of Ken Rucker at 10:00 AM, you may either come to the museum early and view our displays, OR arrive around 11:00 AM when $20 Day activities are to begin.

-All individuals participating in $20 Day will be issued a button, as pictured below, on site upon payment of the $20 admission and program fee. THIS BUTTON WILL SERVE AS YOUR PROOF OF PAYMENT. Presentation of the button will be required for you to access the Car Shop tour, streetcar operation sessions, photo ops, etc. Guests who do NOT have a button (paid regular admission) will not be permitted to participate in these events.
*We strongly urge guests to purchase admission early to avoid delays at our Admission kiosk. Please click here to buy online now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trolley-museum-20-day-tickets-60622548675

-Corned Beef King will be on site serving lunch (at individual expense) from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM. A menu is available here: https://cornedbeefking.com/menu-truck/

-Event schedules and activity notices will be announced on site during the event. If you intend to walk along our railway to take pictures, we recommend you come prepared for walking in potentially muddy and uneven terrain. Safety first, please do NOT walk on our tracks and be alert for car movement at any time.

We look forward to seeing you all for FPT and National Capital Trolley Museum, Sponsors $20 Day! Please feel free to message our page if you have any questions.

NCTM is pleased to announce that the famous Corned Beef King Food Truck will be on site during FPT and National Capital ...
05/02/2019

NCTM is pleased to announce that the famous Corned Beef King Food Truck will be on site during FPT and National Capital Trolley Museum, Sponsors $20 Day! They will be providing lunch from 11:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. Don't miss out on this fun, exciting and now delicious $20 DAY fundraising event!
**Online event/admission tickets are still available- buy yours today and skip the line! 👇 **
(Preview the menu here: https://cornedbeefking.com/menu-truck/)

$20 DAY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINESave time - skip the line and buy your tickets online!For the first time, we are off...
04/19/2019

$20 DAY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Save time - skip the line and buy your tickets online!

For the first time, we are offering the option of online admission purchase for those attending our $20 Day event. We expect heavy attendance for this event; purchasing your admission online means you don't have to wait in line to buy admission on site. Please contact us if you have questions.

We've been hard at work on a special (secret) surprise for those attending our $20 Day fundraiser in May! To find out wh...
04/17/2019

We've been hard at work on a special (secret) surprise for those attending our $20 Day fundraiser in May! To find out what it is, come on out on May 11.
Those who RSVP via the event page (here: FPT and National Capital Trolley Museum, Sponsors $20 Day) may receive one more small hint... don't miss out!

⭐️ONE MONTH AWAY!⭐️ DON'T miss out on this very special opportunity to ride and OPERATE some of our historic str...
04/11/2019

⭐️ONE MONTH AWAY!⭐️ DON'T miss out on this very special opportunity to ride and OPERATE some of our historic streetcars! Plus, we'll be giving a rare tour of our Car Shop which is not normally open to the public! More info:
FPT and National Capital Trolley Museum, Sponsors $20 Day
This is a fundraising event for the restoration of our Philadelphia interurban car, P&WCTCo No. 85.

Our Blackpool boat tram made its first run of 2019 today with 60° weather and a clear, sunny sky! We'll be running this...
04/06/2019

Our Blackpool boat tram made its first run of 2019 today with 60° weather and a clear, sunny sky! We'll be running this rare car on every warm day we can. Follow us on social media for updates!

03/31/2019
03/26/2019
☀️2019 Volunteer Appreciation Day☀️Today is Volunteer Appreciation Day, our annual day of celebration of our vol...
03/23/2019

☀️2019 Volunteer Appreciation Day☀️
Today is Volunteer Appreciation Day, our annual day of celebration of our volunteers' accomplishments. Our dedicated staff of volunteers do everything from polish brass to operate trolleys - during rain, snow and blazing heat. WithOUT pay. Their never ending dedication and hard work is what keeps the museum open. Today we say, THANK YOU. And if you're visiting us today, please take a moment to say thank you to a member of our staff! THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

03/16/2019
Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.

We wish our friends at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc. all the best for a speedy recovery from damage incurred during today's CSX derailment.

Folks we are BSM are very sad to report that a major train derailment has occurred at BSM. A CSX freight train fell off the Falls Road bridge and has - from the look of the pictures - completely destroyed the George F. Nixon substation. There is very likely substantial overhead wire damage. We will keep you all posted with regard to an update/status as we learn more infomraiton.

Warmer weather on its way means... its almost "boating" season! Show of hands 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️, who's excited?...
03/14/2019

Warmer weather on its way means... its almost "boating" season! Show of hands 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️, who's excited?!?!

As a reminder, our 2019 Spring weekday operations begin at 10:00am tomorrow- we're open from 10:00am - 2:00pm for school groups and families. Visit dctrolley.org for more information.

And be sure to check out our Events page (fb.com/dctrolley/events) for the latest on upcoming special events.

National Capital Trolley Museum's cover photo
03/06/2019

National Capital Trolley Museum's cover photo

We are always looking for more volunteers! As the weather begins to warm up, our car shop and railway maintenance crews ...
03/03/2019

We are always looking for more volunteers! As the weather begins to warm up, our car shop and railway maintenance crews get much busier. From washing streetcars to spiking ties, our volunteers do it all. Join today! NO previous experience is required, volunteer when YOU want, and enjoy FASCINATING experiences. Visit dctrolley.org for more information and to sign up today.
(Students ages 14 and older are also welcomed to join!)

National Capital Trolley Museum
02/24/2019

National Capital Trolley Museum

During the restoration of CTCo 522, worn sections of the wood car body that were beyond repair were removed and replaced. These original 1898 pieces suffered extensive rot and decay, but were saved for preservation purposes. Note the original lettering and multiple paint colors reflecting 522's two different careers. Thomas Petersen Photos.

Matt Koch cleans clerestory window mechanisms for CTCo 27. Volunteers are now finishing small parts for installation on ...
02/17/2019

Matt Koch cleans clerestory window mechanisms for CTCo 27. Volunteers are now finishing small parts for installation on the car.

Lost Washington, D.C.
02/09/2019

Lost Washington, D.C.

DC Transit's vintage 1918 streetcar (which is currently being restored by the National Capital Trolley Museum) heads west in the 400 block of G Street NW, passing in front of the Pension Building, on the last day of streetcar service in January 1962. Note the many years of soot accumulated on the brick walls of the Pension Building; it would be cleaned in the early 1980s when the structure became the National Building Museum.

02/04/2019
Allegheny City

Here's a short video outlining the operation of a PCC streetcar on the Pittsburgh Railway Company in Pittsburgh, PA.
On Saturday May 11, YOU will have the opportunity to operate one of our historic streetcars, including PCCs like the one featured in this video. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/607020493051213/

Did you ever want to take control of the PCC Streetcar and just open it up? What better place to go full throtle than the South Hills (Castle Shannon) line in Pittsburgh.

#PCC #Pittsburgh #Streetcar #Trolley

57 YEARS AGO TODAY, streetcars in Washington ceased operation after nearly 100 years of service. In these iconic photogr...
01/28/2019

57 YEARS AGO TODAY, streetcars in Washington ceased operation after nearly 100 years of service. In these iconic photographs, taken at Rock Creek Loop and the Peace Monument, DCT 1101 and 766 are seen wearing banners announcing what was the end of an era; 766 sits next to the very vehicle that would be replacing it.

Unlike the vast majority of Washington streetcars, both 1101 and 766 were preserved, and later donated to our museum in 1970. 1101 is in service on special occasions, and 766 is under restoration (as Capital Traction 27) which is aimed for completion this year. As always, follow our page for the latest updates on these cars and others in our collection.

Address

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 EQUIPMENT/CAR STATUSES: The current operational status of all streetcars in the museum collection is posted here > http://bit.ly/2v5O6bh *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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