Rockhill Trolley Museum

Rockhill Trolley Museum Pennsylvania's oldest operating trolley museum

With Johnstown trolley days this coming weekend June 8 & 9 at the museum, here is a look back at our Johnstown trolleys ...
06/04/2019

With Johnstown trolley days this coming weekend June 8 & 9 at the museum, here is a look back at our Johnstown trolleys operating in and around the city.

We are happy to say, we think cars look much better restored and operating at the museum.

Electric trolley cars have not operated in Johnstown since June 11,1960 when all trolley operations were abandoned.We’...
06/04/2019

Electric trolley cars have not operated in Johnstown since June 11,1960 when all trolley operations were abandoned.

We’re recognizing this sad occasion this coming weekend, Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9 at the Trolley Museum when we will be operating both of our fully restored Johnstown trolley cars all weekend long.
Regular fares apply and visitors can ride all day long on on the same ticket.

For additional information click on the link http://rockhilltrolley.org/events_calendar/

Our annual Members Day was held this past Saturday and what a fun time everyone had. There were many trips with various ...
05/28/2019

Our annual Members Day was held this past Saturday and what a fun time everyone had. There were many trips with various trolley cars scheduled and our volunteers even operated a train with our two cabooses and bucket car/ flatcar. There was plenty of delicious food for the lunch time meal. With plenty of choices, and many different types of desserts, no one could have gone away hungry. Trolley rides continued into the evening with the last trolley being put away in the barn a little bit before 10:00PM. It was a great time and we're looking forward to next year.

Not a member and missed out on the activities? Click on the link to see how you can become a member and join us next year. http://rockhilltrolley.org/contribute/become-a-member/

Opening weekend is coming up this Saturday and Sunday, May 25 & 26. It’s the first weekend of regular operations this ...
05/24/2019

Opening weekend is coming up this Saturday and Sunday, May 25 & 26. It’s the first weekend of regular operations this year, so come take a trolley ride to Blacklog Narrows! Tickets are reasonably priced at $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 2 to 12 (under 2 are free), and are good for unlimited rides all day.

Our annual Members Day is also this coming Saturday May 25, so we’ll be having a few additional trolleys in service for the day. If you're not a member, check out the page here http://rockhilltrolley.org/contribute/become-a-member/to see how you can become a member and participate in the extra activities that are scheduled that day.

We look forward to seeing all of the members that are attending and our visitors wanting to come experience a historic ride aboard an real electric trolley car!

Our Rockhill Trolley Museum has had a long and very happy association with the East Broad Top Railroad. Here's a TBT whe...
05/16/2019

Our Rockhill Trolley Museum has had a long and very happy association with the East Broad Top Railroad. Here's a TBT when volunteers in early October, 1962 were taking the first reel of trolley overhead wire out of the EBT roundhouse, where it was stored for safekeeping, and moving it to the museum site. This was the first trolley wire installed at the museum.

The locomotive is not the normal average EBT locomotive, but a Crown built locomotive being tested on the EBT at that time.

And the second and third photos shows Johnstown trolley 311 being used to help erect the overhead wire.

Five minutes or five hours... Did you know our museum is staffed entirely by volunteers? These volunteers travel many di...
05/14/2019

Five minutes or five hours... Did you know our museum is staffed entirely by volunteers? These volunteers travel many distances, near and far, from five minutes to five hours. In fact, most of our volunteers spend several hours on the road to contribute their time and talents to the various projects at the museum.

If you are interested by what our volunteers do at the museum, check out the membership page http://rockhilltrolley.org/contribute/become-a-member/ and become a volunteer and see how much fun and how rewarding volunteering can be, no matter what distance you travel!

A huge thank you to ALL of our volunteers for their dedication and support to the museum!

Johnstown Traction Company trolley car 355 was acquired from Lincoln, New Hampshire during the summer of 1970. Once at t...
05/10/2019

Johnstown Traction Company trolley car 355 was acquired from Lincoln, New Hampshire during the summer of 1970. Once at the museum, the car was made operable under its own power with one trolley pole due to the condition of the roof on one end of the car. Restoration work proceeded in the back of Carbarn one with roof work and steel work. The woodworking machinery was a fair distance away, requiring volunteers to walk that distance regulatory to accomplish any work.

In 1983 car 355 was shifted in to the then newly built restoration shop. With the trolley car in the shop, progress on the restoration was much easier.

Here's our Flashback Friday entry. When the Johnstown  Traction Company was abandoning their trolley car operations in 1...
04/26/2019

Here's our Flashback Friday entry. When the Johnstown Traction Company was abandoning their trolley car operations in 1960, numerous trolleys were sold to various museum along the east coast and a car even made its way to California for preservation, where it is still located.

Our Johnstown 355 was purchased by an individual from the traction company and moved to Lincoln, New Hampshire and the Clarks Trading Post. The original plan to restore and operate the car in New Hampshire never materialized and our museum purchased the car and brought it back to Pennsylvanian in 1970.

These photos show the car leaving Johnstown in November, 1960 and while in Lincoln, New Hampshire in the 1960's. Today car 355 is fully restored and and operating at the museum and is currently the Facebook home page photo.

Today the Clarks Trading Post is very successful, operating the White Mountain Central Railroad and many other attractions and well worth a visit.

Rockhill Trolley Museum's cover photo
04/23/2019

Rockhill Trolley Museum's cover photo

We had a good turnout of volunteers, both students and instructors, for operator training last Saturday including a few ...
04/22/2019

We had a good turnout of volunteers, both students and instructors, for operator training last Saturday including a few new volunteers. We hope you had a really fun time and look forward to seeing everyone this summer!

Of course we are always looking for additional volunteers willing to help with our Operations Department. Have you ever wanted to operate a real electric trolley car? The first step is to become a member and let our Operations department know your interest and willingness to volunteer.

http://rockhilltrolley.org/contribute/become-a-member/

We had a really fun and egg citing day at the Easter Bunny Trolley yesterday at the trolley museum. We had great weather...
04/15/2019

We had a really fun and egg citing day at the Easter Bunny Trolley yesterday at the trolley museum. We had great weather and the Easter Bunny was eager to see everyone. If you had a good time our volunteers would love to hear about your experience and if there is something we can do better we want to know about that too.

Thanks to all of the visitors for coming out to support the museum by riding with us aboard a trolley car to Blacklog Narrows to see the Easter Bunny. And thanks to all of the volunteers that worked hard to make the event possible!

We're looking forward to the having the Easter Bunny visit with everyone, young and old, this coming Saturday, April 13....
04/11/2019

We're looking forward to the having the Easter Bunny visit with everyone, young and old, this coming Saturday, April 13.

Join us and meet the Easter Bunny aboard the trolley, hear Fiddling Fred play his fiddle, give it a try yourself, play a game in the pavilion and get a balloon creation. All kinds of fun activities at the Easter Bunny Trolley.

See everyone Saturday.......

Our volunteers do nearly anything that is needed to keep the railway in operation. This past weekend we discovered two r...
04/08/2019

Our volunteers do nearly anything that is needed to keep the railway in operation. This past weekend we discovered two rocks that had fallen on and near the pocket track at Blacklog Narrows. One rock allows the cars to pass safely, but the other rock clearly would not. Using some lining bars and ingenuity, we got the rock off the track and clearing this part of the railway for this coming Saturday.

The Easter Bunny arrives next Saturday, April 13 at the trolley musuem. We're hoping the weather is better this year tha...
04/05/2019

The Easter Bunny arrives next Saturday, April 13 at the trolley musuem. We're hoping the weather is better this year than the event last year. However, everyone had a really fun time last year and no matter what the weather is, we'll be there, how about you?

More information can be found at the link. http://rockhilltrolley.org/event/easter-bunny-trolley-2019/

A special visitor, Mr. Easter Bunny, visits the trolley museum in less than two weeks, on Saturday April 13. Our museum ...
04/03/2019

A special visitor, Mr. Easter Bunny, visits the trolley museum in less than two weeks, on Saturday April 13. Our museum volunteers have been busy working on the new ticket booth and getting the pavilion ready for the special day.

We hope to see you there at the Easter Bunny Trolley. The first trip departs at 10:00AM and the last trip departs at 4:30PM. After meeting the Easter Bunny aboard the trolley, be sure to visit the pavilion for the fun activities and balloon creations.

All aboard!

In case you have not heard, the Easter Bunny is visiting the trolley museum on Saturday April 13 for one day only.The fi...
03/25/2019

In case you have not heard, the Easter Bunny is visiting the trolley museum on Saturday April 13 for one day only.

The first trolley departs at 10:00AM and the last trolley departs at 4:30PM. After meeting Mr. Bunny onboard the trolley ride and getting a free gift, be sure to visit the pavilion for games, activities and balloon shapes and creatures of all kinds.

The fare for all riders is $8.00 per person, which includes all activities. We're looking forward to seeing everyone there.

For our TBT, here is a look back to March 1990, when our volunteers were clearing the site for Carbarn Two. Moving forwa...
03/21/2019

For our TBT, here is a look back to March 1990, when our volunteers were clearing the site for Carbarn Two. Moving forward to January 1992, when tracks two and three of the Carbarn Two facility were the only tracks built and in service. Car 402 passes on the main while Harrisburg Railways 710 and Philadelphia & West Chester Traction Company 61 sit on the barn leads. And the third view from 2017 with all tracks built and filled with cars from the Philadelphia & Western.

A huge thank you to our hardworking volunteers over the years to make all of this progress possible and we must thank our financial donors for supporting our efforts at the museum. THANK YOU everyone for making all of this possible!

Check out how you can help preserve trolley history by becoming a member and a volunteer.

http://rockhilltrolley.org/contribute/become-a-member/

Despite the museum being closed for the off season, that does not mean the work stops. The work sometimes continues at t...
03/18/2019

Despite the museum being closed for the off season, that does not mean the work stops. The work sometimes continues at the homes of our volunteers.

Of course we have the very necessary administration work like paying the bills, planning projects, tracking contributions from generous folks and foundations, researching foundations while searching for funding for the museum projects, handling membership renewals and contacting new members and many other "paperwork" projects. These jobs are handled by a few volunteers year round, but we also have restoration projects underway, off site from the museum. Here is an example.

A volunteer from the York, PA area is spending a great deal of time in his home workshop working on the seat armrests and windows for our Aurora Elgin & Chicago interurban car 315. He is applying the multiple coats of oil, paint and varnish on the newly constructed mahogany window frames so they will be ready to have the glass reinstalled at the museum site. On some of the seat armrests new maple inlay had to be installed replacing missing pieces, before refinishing could take place.

Thanks to all of our volunteers that work year round and those that come and volunteer during our operating season. You are all making an important contribution for the museum and our trolley preservation and your help is greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in membership information and how you can become a volunteer, check the link here http://rockhilltrolley.org/contribute/become-a-member/

Rockhill Trolley Museum's cover photo
03/17/2019

Rockhill Trolley Museum's cover photo

Here is out Flashback Friday for today....With only one trolley pole on the roof of the car, volunteers were eager for t...
03/15/2019

Here is out Flashback Friday for today....

With only one trolley pole on the roof of the car, volunteers were eager for the first test trip with open car 1875 on July 31 1966. Sitting at what is now the Meadow St. platform area and still in the original Rio colors, obviously much more work was required to get the car in operating service for visitors to ride.

The second photo shows the car approaching the car EBT east wye rack turnout on the return trip. Check out the rope holding the coupler up!

If you have never been inside of the East Broad Top Railroad roundhouse or inside the historic shop buildings, here is a...
03/15/2019

If you have never been inside of the East Broad Top Railroad roundhouse or inside the historic shop buildings, here is a terrific announcement on how you can see these historic buildings and the amazing equipment that is inside..

Check out the announcement and make your plans now as these tours fill up fast. And be sure to visit our own Rockhill Trolley Museum and take a trolley ride or two while in Rockhill Furnace.

Hey there! We've received permission to offer public tours of the East Broad Top's historic roundhouse and machine shops again this summer. We'll start out with four dates -- Saturday, June 8; Saturday, July 20; Saturday, August 10; and Sunday, September 1. Tours will start at 11 a.m. and last about 90 minutes, and they’ll be led by volunteers from the Friends of the East Broad Top. The cost will be $10 per person (bring cash -- there are no credit-card machines in the roundhouse) for anyone over age 12. Persons 12 and under are free, but keep in mind that this is a detailed, history oriented, 90-minute tour. (Translation: It is not meant for kids, unless the kid in question is a serious, devoted railfan.) Please make sure everyone in your party wears clothes that can stand up to a little roundhouse grime, and closed-toed shoes with sturdy soles. Also, because each tour is limited to 25 people, you'll need to reserve your space by emailing Lawrence Biemiller ([email protected]).

UPDATE: The 11 a.m. tours on June 8 and July 20 are full, so we’ve added 2 p.m. tours on both days.

Keep in mind that after your visit, you can visit our friends at the Rockhill Trolley Museum and take a trolley ride along a portion of the EBT's former Shade Gap Branch. Feel free to share this post as you see fit. We look forward to seeing you at the EBT!

The museum received sad news that founding member Pete Patterson passed away recently. While Pete was not an active volu...
03/08/2019

The museum received sad news that founding member Pete Patterson passed away recently. While Pete was not an active volunteer for numerous years due to health issues, he was quite active in the founding of the museum. Pete held membership #3 in the museum. One of Pete’s favorite projects was the Liberty Liner and he has the distinction of being one of the first to operate the train after he installed the trolley poles onto the roof in 1986.

For our Flashback Friday we’ll look back with some photos of Pete over the years.

Mark your calendars for the first event of the year for the trolley museum. The Easter Bunny is coming to the museum on ...
03/03/2019

Mark your calendars for the first event of the year for the trolley museum. The Easter Bunny is coming to the museum on Saturday April 13, 2019 to see and visit with everyone. The first trolley departs at 10:00AM and the last trolley departs at 4:30PM. After meeting Mr. Bunny onboard the trolley ride and getting a free gift, be sure to visit the pavilion for games, activities and balloon shapes and creatures of all kinds.

The fare for all riders is $8.00 per person, which includes all activities. We're looking forward to seeing everyone there.

For our TBT, here is a look back to 2009 for Chicago interurban car 315 with quite a bit of work accomplished to rebuild...
02/28/2019

For our TBT, here is a look back to 2009 for Chicago interurban car 315 with quite a bit of work accomplished to rebuild the deteriorated outbound end of the car. New platform knees support members had to be welded in place, a new crown piece manufactured and installed, finish installing a patch for a corner post and reinstall new flooring which is several layers thick.

Hard to believe it has been ten years since all this was accomplished, but we have made significant additional progress on the car in the past few years.

A huge THANK YOU to the John Emery Rail Heritage Trust for granting our museum $10,000 for the continued restoration of ...
02/27/2019

A huge THANK YOU to the John Emery Rail Heritage Trust for granting our museum $10,000 for the continued restoration of our Chicago interurban car 315. This is the third grant we have received from this Trust and we appreciate their continued support.

John Emery was a long-time Chicago resident who was an avid rail enthusiast who loved to ride trains around the world, and wanted to help preserve rail equipment and infrastructure that will allow future generations to share his experiences during what he considered the “Golden Age” of railway travel, from 1920 to 1960.

Thirty-seven applications were received from various railway preservation organizations across the country requesting in excess of $800,000. After much careful research and consideration by the Trust, 29 grants were awarded totaling $500,000.00. This amount doubles the amount that was given last year. The John Emery Rail Heritage Trust is the largest trust in the US that makes 100% of its awards solely for railroad restoration purposes.

We are very grateful for the support from the John Emery Rail Heritage Trust for their continued support of our Aurora Elgin & Chicago interurban car 315. We've come a long way on the restoration of car 315, but we still have quite a bit of work to do to be able to complete the restoration. We are looking forward to seeing a great deal of restoration progress on the car this year.

If you are interested in restoration or maintenance work, join our organization and become a volunteer on the car 315 team.

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