Rockhill Trolley Museum

Rockhill Trolley Museum Located in Rockhill, PA, the trolley museum is the oldest operating trolley museum in the state. Started in 1960, its first car 311 from Johnstown started the trolley operation in 1962 and the museum has grown in every aspect!
We have a board of directors as well as shareholders.
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This past Saturday at the museum, Santa came down from the North Pole for his annual one day visit to the museum and he ...
12/13/2019

This past Saturday at the museum, Santa came down from the North Pole for his annual one day visit to the museum and he was one busy guy. Bringing a few elves with him, Santa and his helpers greeted almost 500 riders that came out to take a ride aboard Santa’s Trolley during the day. After Santa departed, we were happy we to see over 420 visitors ride on the Polar Bear Express trips Saturday night, enjoying the cookies and hot chocolate after the ride.

Thanks to all of our visitors for coming to ride. Our volunteers at the museum certainly appreciate your support by visiting the museum during this holiday season and all year long. And thanks to the volunteers that have been working hard for these events. Thank you everyone!

Tonight, Friday December 13 and tomorrow Saturday December 14 are the final two evenings for the Polar Bear Express for this season. The first trip departs at 6:30 PM both evenings with frequent departures until 9:00 PM or until everyone has gotten a ride. The weather is looking a bit better for Saturday night, but we’ll be operating both nights. Fares are $8.00 for adults and 6:00 for children. The cookies and hot chocolate is included in your tickets after the ride.

We look forward to seeing you aboard this weekend!

Our crews had a long day on Saturday with Santa's trolley and Polar bear Express. The beauty of trolleys and holiday lig...
12/08/2019

Our crews had a long day on Saturday with Santa's trolley and Polar bear Express. The beauty of trolleys and holiday lights in picture is all worth the hard work!

Thank you to all of the trolley crews and elves and of course Santa for another successful Santa's Trolley!
12/08/2019

Thank you to all of the trolley crews and elves and of course Santa for another successful Santa's Trolley!

Come see Santa and his elves here at the trolley museum today!!
12/07/2019

Come see Santa and his elves here at the trolley museum today!!

12/07/2019

Due to technical issues with our credit and debit card machine, we will be unable to accept debit or credit purchases at our ticket booth for Santa's Trolley and the Polar Bear Express for Saturday December 7.

We apologize for this inconvenience. ATM machines are nearby in Orbisonia.

We look forward to seeing you at the trolley museum for Santa's Trolley and the Polar Bear Express.

We are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Interesting facts about 1019:Made in Germany as the second set of LRVs purchased, San Diego acquired 1019 on October 1 1...
12/06/2019

Interesting facts about 1019:
Made in Germany as the second set of LRVs purchased, San Diego acquired 1019 on October 1 1982 at a cost of $750000.

Since then and to the day it retired in San Diego, it accumulated 1,726,229 miles! Add on the 3000 mile trek across the country and the operation we put it through at our museum, 1019 has been a sturdy workhorse.

Come see it decorated at our Santa's trolley and Polar Bear Express!

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12/06/2019
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We've got a few special events this weekend at the trolley museum starting with the Polar Bear Express runs this evening...
12/06/2019

We've got a few special events this weekend at the trolley museum starting with the Polar Bear Express runs this evening starting at 6:30 PM. Numerous departures will happen all evening long until 9:00PM or the last person has ridden. Take a 35 minute night time trolley ride to see Christmas lights. Fares are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children and includes complementary cookies and hot chocolate after the ride.

Tomorrow morning, Saturday December 7, Santa will make his annual visit to the trolley museum with the first trolley departing at 10:00 AM and the last trolley at 4:15 PM. Take a ride aboard a real electric trolley car and have a visit with Santa aboard. Be sure to bring your list and your take plenty of pictures too. All Fares are $8.00 and children 12 years and younger receive a free gift from Santa. And tomorrow evening, we’ll be operating the Polar Bear Express once again from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

Make new memories or revisit older ones. Many families have made these activities a family tradition. These events are one of the largest fundraisers for the museum and allows the museum volunteers to continuing preserving these old electric trolley cars. Thanks to everyone for their support and we hope to see you aboard a trolley car this weekend!

Rockhill Trolley Museum's cover photo
12/03/2019

Rockhill Trolley Museum's cover photo

Santa's Trolley is scheduled for this Saturday December 7. Santa and his elves are looking forward to greeting everyone ...
12/03/2019

Santa's Trolley is scheduled for this Saturday December 7. Santa and his elves are looking forward to greeting everyone aboard the trolley car. Make new family memories and traditions or relive older ones by coming to ride a real electric trolley car and see Santa aboard.

The first trip to see Santa departs at 10:00AM and the last trip departs at 4:15PM with frequent departures all day. All fares are $8.00.

And the evening trips for the Polar Bear Express are operating Friday and Saturday night from 6:30PM until 9:00PM, with frequent departures all evening long. Fares are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children.

Polar Bear Express is up and operating. We had a great turnout with visitors for our first night of operating. Thank you...
11/30/2019

Polar Bear Express is up and operating. We had a great turnout with visitors for our first night of operating. Thank you to everyone for your support by coming out and taking a a ride. We hope you enjoyed it and please post any pictures on our page or tag us. We love to see the smiles from everyone!

We'd also like to thank our volunteers who worked so hard to make this event possible. From decorating the museum area, the pavilion, the trolley line and the cars, we could not have done this without your tremendous support.

We operate this evening starting at 6:30pm until 9:00pm and for the next two Friday and Saturday nights. We hope to see you aboard!

Thank you everyone!

P&W "Bullet" car 205Previous Owner:Philadelphia & Western RailroadPrevious City:Philadelphia, PA Car Type:Interurban Car...
11/28/2019

P&W "Bullet" car 205
Previous Owner:
Philadelphia & Western Railroad
Previous City:
Philadelphia, PA Car Type:
Interurban Car
Style:
"Bullet car" Builder:
Brill
Year Built:
1931

P&W "Bullet" car 205
Previous Owner:
Philadelphia & Western Railroad
Previous City:
Philadelphia, PA Car Type:
Interurban Car
Style:
"Bullet car" Builder:
Brill
Year Built:
1931

These cars come from Porto, Portugal. Many say they're from Oporto. In Portuguese, Porto is what the town is called. In ...
11/28/2019

These cars come from Porto, Portugal. Many say they're from Oporto. In Portuguese, Porto is what the town is called. In English, Oporto is what is called. Same name, same town, just different language!

Car 172, a single truck car.
Previous Owner:
S.T.C.P
(Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto)
Previous City:
Oporto, Portugal Car Type:
City & Suburban Car
Car Style:
single-truck semi-convertible Builder:
S.T.C.P.
Year Built:
1929

Car 249 is a double truck car.
Previous Owner:
S.T.C.P. (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto)
Previous City:
Oporto, Portugal Car Type:
City & Suburban Car
Car Style:
'Maxi-traction' semi-convertible Builder:
Brill
Year Built:
1904

Car C-64 is the work car, double truck.
Previous Owner:
S.T.C.P. (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto)
Previous City:
Oporto, Portugal Car Type:
Maintenance of Way Car
Car Style:
single-truck freight flat Builder:
S.T.C.P.
Year Built:
1933

These cars come from Porto, Portugal. Many say they're from Oporto. In Portuguese, Porto is what the town is called. In English, Oporto is what is called. Same name, same town, just different language!

Car 172, a single truck car.
Previous Owner:
S.T.C.P
(Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto)
Previous City:
Oporto, Portugal Car Type:
City & Suburban Car
Car Style:
single-truck semi-convertible Builder:
S.T.C.P.
Year Built:
1929

Car 249 is a double truck car.
Previous Owner:
S.T.C.P. (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto)
Previous City:
Oporto, Portugal Car Type:
City & Suburban Car
Car Style:
'Maxi-traction' semi-convertible Builder:
Brill
Year Built:
1904

Car C-64 is the work car, double truck.
Previous Owner:
S.T.C.P. (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto)
Previous City:
Oporto, Portugal Car Type:
Maintenance of Way Car
Car Style:
single-truck freight flat Builder:
S.T.C.P.
Year Built:
1933

This car came from Johnstown, PA, running with 311 as the last car before system shutdown.
11/28/2019

This car came from Johnstown, PA, running with 311 as the last car before system shutdown.

This car came from Johnstown, PA, running with 311 as the last car before system shutdown.

PCCs including 2743 from Philadelphia and 6 from NJ Transit
11/28/2019

PCCs including 2743 from Philadelphia and 6 from NJ Transit

PCCs including 2743 from Philadelphia and 6 from NJ Transit

The museum's first trolley is from Johnstown, PA and originaly operated in Bangor ME
11/28/2019

The museum's first trolley is from Johnstown, PA and originaly operated in Bangor ME

The museum's first trolley is from Johnstown, PA and originaly operated in Bangor ME

The museum has been operating the Polar Bear Express since 2001. Our volunteers are responsible for all of the work sett...
11/25/2019

The museum has been operating the Polar Bear Express since 2001. Our volunteers are responsible for all of the work setting up and operating this special event. They’re working on the finishing touches for the display this year and will be ready for opening night this coming Friday, November 29 when the first trip departs at 6:30.

We’ve had many volunteers helping with the displays over the years, but one in particular had the idea and dream to make the Polar Bear Express what it has become today. He worked tirelessly handling the many details in the displays each year with other volunteers. Sadly, Frank Shoop passed away in 2018, but other volunteers have stepped up to continue this tradition. We’re looking forward to seeing all of our visitors over the next three Friday and Saturday nights (through Saturday December 14) for the Polar Bear Express, and from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday December 7, when Santa Claus comes to visit.

Polar Bear Express and Santa's Trolley are the museum’s largest fundraising events for the year and we appreciate the support of all of our visitors and volunteers.

And if you enjoy decorating for Christmas on a large scale, we invite you to become a member of the museum and volunteer next year to decorate for these special events. Seeing the smiles on all the visitors makes all the hard work worth it!

This album contains pictures our LRV 1019, a Siemens-Duawag built articulated vehicle that ran in San Diego before it ca...
11/24/2019

This album contains pictures our LRV 1019, a Siemens-Duawag built articulated vehicle that ran in San Diego before it came to us.

This album contains pictures our LRV 1019, a Siemens-Duawag built articulated vehicle that ran in San Diego before it came to us.

We have more than just trolleys that operate on the tracks here! We have some decent work equipment, the old style stuff...
11/17/2019

We have more than just trolleys that operate on the tracks here! We have some decent work equipment, the old style stuff.

Thinking of someplace warm to be, like San Diego, where this articulated LRV comes from. This is our most modern piece i...
11/17/2019

Thinking of someplace warm to be, like San Diego, where this articulated LRV comes from.

This is our most modern piece in the collection, at 37 years old already!

This is our only car that has air conditioning made by a machine versus all of the other cars where you open the window and voila you have natural air conditioning!

Our Liberty Liner being moved from track 5 to track 4 and back in the car barn. Ours is named Independence Hall. It came...
11/16/2019

Our Liberty Liner being moved from track 5 to track 4 and back in the car barn.

Ours is named Independence Hall. It came to us from Philadelphia where it ran on the Norristown High Speed Line.

Only 2 sets ever built, the other set is under restoration at Illinois Railroad Museum, being restored back to its former colors of teal and orange.

P&W plow 10 also came out of the car barn waiting its turn to go back in.
11/16/2019

P&W plow 10 also came out of the car barn waiting its turn to go back in.

PST 61 was moved from track four to track one today and got to see the light of day, coming out of the barn next to the ...
11/16/2019

PST 61 was moved from track four to track one today and got to see the light of day, coming out of the barn next to the Liberty Liner which ran near the same system at the end of its life.

Our volunteers are working hard to transform the museum area and trolley line into a magical place for our visitors to e...
11/15/2019

Our volunteers are working hard to transform the museum area and trolley line into a magical place for our visitors to experience while riding aboard a real electric trolley car at night. The Polar Bear Express starts its first trips on Friday evening, November 29. at 6:30PM. We hope to see you there!

Car 163 destined for the North Pole, awaiting its turn for passenger service at Meadow Street on a chilly night of Polar...
11/09/2019

Car 163 destined for the North Pole, awaiting its turn for passenger service at Meadow Street on a chilly night of Polar Bear Express!

Rockhill Trolley Museum's cover photo
11/08/2019

Rockhill Trolley Museum's cover photo

We’ve been busy with the ongoing restoration work on our Aurora Elgin & Chicago interurban car 315. The modified doors f...
11/04/2019

We’ve been busy with the ongoing restoration work on our Aurora Elgin & Chicago interurban car 315.

The modified doors for the sides of the car have been completed and returned to their 1909 appearance. This required quite a bit of work to the inner portions of the doors. Latches for the re-manufactured doors have been made using one original piece as a sample. New springs have been made by one of our talented volunteers. The four platform trap door latches have been rebuilt using these new springs making them all work like new. New window springs and pieces have also been made in-house. All of these springs and pieces that have been made by our volunteers have saved the museum a great deal of funds.

The ceiling panels have been painted and are being stored until the artwork is ready for the paint and gold leaf to be applied. Painting the platforms has been underway with the one end nearly completed.

Thanks to all of our volunteers for making all this progress possible and of course those that have supported the project financially.

And just like that our fall events are over and the museum is closed for the regular season. Thanks to all of our visito...
10/30/2019

And just like that our fall events are over and the museum is closed for the regular season. Thanks to all of our visitors and volunteers for making the events enjoyable and memorable. Stay with us as our volunteers gear up and prepare for the upcoming holiday events which begin on Friday evening November 29.

It’s hard to believe that this coming weekend, October 26 & 27 is the final weekend of our regular operating season with...
10/25/2019

It’s hard to believe that this coming weekend, October 26 & 27 is the final weekend of our regular operating season with the trolley cars for the year, until the holiday events begin later in November.

But it’s a great weekend to visit the museum for the events we have. During the day, it’s Halloween Costume Days where are children in costume ride free with an paid adult.

And for the older crowd we have the final evening of the Terror trolley event on Saturday night. Come out and be spooked and scared, if you dare. Terror trolley begins at 7:00 PM and operates until 9:30 PM.

We’re hoping to see you for both events!.

Don't forget, Terror Trolley is Saturday night at the trolley museum.And for the younger crowd we have Halloween Costume...
10/18/2019

Don't forget, Terror Trolley is Saturday night at the trolley museum.

And for the younger crowd we have Halloween Costume days during the regular hours of operation during the day both Saturday and Sunday. Children in costume ride free with a paid adult fare.

See you on board a trolley this weekend!

In 2012, we traded our Washington Snowsweeper car 09 to the National Capital Trolley Museum to help them replace a simil...
10/18/2019

In 2012, we traded our Washington Snowsweeper car 09 to the National Capital Trolley Museum to help them replace a similar car that had burned in a disastrous carbarn fire at their museum. In exchange, we received Iowa Terminal sweeper 3 and a set of trucks, less motors, to be used for the eventual Restoration of Valley Railways car 12 at our museum in Rockhill Furnace.

The National Capital Trolley Museum is planning to operate car 09 this coming Saturday, October 19 in recognition of their 50th Anniversary of trolley car operations at their museum in Colesville, MD. If you are in the area, stop by and say hi to an old friend from Rockhill.

We are excited to announce that our 120 year old Washington snow sweeper will operate during our 50th Anniversary Extravaganza next month! We are also working on several surprises for this event... stay tuned for updates.

*Due to the historic nature and unpredictability of this equipment, the museum reserves the right to substitute equipment without notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Looking for something adventurous and scary for Saturday night? Come take a ride aboard the Terror Trolley at the museum...
10/17/2019

Looking for something adventurous and scary for Saturday night? Come take a ride aboard the Terror Trolley at the museum. The first trolley departs at 7:00PM and the last trolley departs at 9:30PM. Not recommended for children under 12 years, but the decision is up to the parents. Fare is $10.00 per victim, um rider.....

We're looking forward to "greeting you" aboard the Terror Trolley Saturday night!

Kids can show off their your Halloween costume on our historic trolley car rides and get a free ticket when accompanied ...
10/14/2019

Kids can show off their your Halloween costume on our historic trolley car rides and get a free ticket when accompanied by an adult during our Halloween costume Day. Fares are $8.00 for adults and children without a costume are $5.00. The Halloween Costume days operates for the next two weekends Saturday and Sunday October 19, 20, 26 and 27.

Terror Trolley is for the older folks and not recommended for children 12 years or younger.The event lives up to what it is called. We’ve had great reviews so come out and take a trip on the Terror Trolley on the next two Saturday evenings from $7:00 PM until 9:30 PM. All fares are $10.00.

Thanks to all of our visitors that came out to ride the Pumpkin Patch Trolley this past weekend at the trolley museum to...
10/14/2019

Thanks to all of our visitors that came out to ride the Pumpkin Patch Trolley this past weekend at the trolley museum to help make our event successful. Everyone seemed to have a great time and we saw many decorated pumpkins leaving the pavilion and we were pleased to see several visitors taking more than one ride aboard our trolleys operating over the weekend.

We could not have events like Pumpkin Patch Trolley without our dedicated volunteers. A huge thank you to the volunteers that prepared for the event by gathering materials, advertising, setting up and cleaning up, pavilion help, selling tickets and of course staffing the trolleys with operators, crew members and of course our volunteer fiddler Fred who was kept busy jumping from car to car to entertain our guests. A huge thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers.

We’ve got additional events for the remainder of October, Halloween Costume day for the kids and Terror Trolley for the older folks. Stop by for a visit and thanks to everyone for their support!

Address

430 Meadow St
Rockhill, PA
17249

There is no public transit to access this location.

General information

We are open from every weekend from Memorial Day to the last weekend in October. We are also open outside of those weekends during that period for Easter Bunny Trolley, held 2 Saturdays before Easter and Polar Bear Express and Santa's Trolley, held the 3 weekends after Thanksgiving.

Opening Hours

Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(814) 447-9576

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