The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is a volunteer non-profit group that supports the activities of the Electric City Trolley Museum in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, at the Steamtown National Historic Site. The association is an outgrowth of predecessor preservation groups including Buckingham Valley Trolley Association and East Penn Valley Traction, which conveyed to the museum most of the trolleys and artifacts in its historic collection. Association members support the Electric City Trolley Museum with their time, talent, trolley expertise and contributions. The Electric City Trolley Museum Association is IRS recognized as a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. We welcome anyone sharing our interest in electric railways of eastern Pennsylvania to find out more about the Electric City Trolley Museum Association through this web site, and to consider joining or supporting our activities by becoming a member.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 is the date of the 2nd annual Member's Day at the Scranton trolley museum. Activities begin at 9 AM at the trolley restoration building on Montage Mountain.
Cars will be placed outside on the lead tracks for photos prior to the first departure. There will be an opportunity to see the rebuilding work now in progress on Scranton Transit car No. 324 and Philadelphia Transportation Co. car No. 5205 at the restoration building.
Light weight high-speed car No. 80 and Centerdoor car No. 76 will be the featured cars for the day's operation. Four trips will be operated with photo stops scheduled. Round trips will alternate between the two cars at the restoration shop.
All trips will be open to the general public upon payment of the regular fare. The Cedar Avenue carbarn in Scranton will be open for inspection of the P&W car 164, now numbered 64 and our Chicago Aurora & Elgin car No. 453.
At the trolley museum and depending on the weather, it is planned to have car No. 120, the 4-wheeler from Wilmington DE outside for photos.
The first departure from the restoration shop is at 9:30 am. A detailed schedule of events will be handed out on the day of the event.
After the return of the last regularly scheduled trip to the Montage restoration building at approximately 5 pm, members are invited to stay for a pizza party. Members are asked for a nominal donation to off-set the costs of the pizza and soda. Anything collected over costs will be put into the Project 505 fund.
As a special member's event for the evening, P&W car 164 will be operated after 5 pm and make several trips between Cedar Avenue and the restoration shop building.
To make your reservation for this Member's Day, please contact Dave Biles by calling 610-797-6687 between 7 and 9 pm. Please indicate if you will be staying for the activities after 5 pm.
On November 29, 1886, Charles J. Van Depoele was at the controller of Car #4 and made the first "test run" of the new electric streetcar.
He only operated the car to Spruce and Adams Avenue and returned to Franklin Avenue at Lackawanna Avenue. When he was operating the second test run,
there was a short circuit problem in the motor and that was the end of operation that day. The next day, November 30, 1886 was the day the first
electric streetcar operated from the corner of Lackawanna Avenue on Franklin Avenue to the Green Ridge section of Scranton. The year, 2011 marked the
125th year since that "first run". To commemorate that historic event, the City of Scranton along with the Electric City Trolley Museum Association
cooperated with several events in 2011. Please check www.ectma.org/125th and the City of Scranton web site
www.scrantonpa.gov for further information.
New Second Edition with improved photo reproduction.
Based on the survival of the Laurel Line's corporate records, authors Henwood and Muncie make the most out of this
historical treasure. In the book, the railway emerges in human terms of strife, struggle, victory and defeat. The
reader learns not only what happened, but why, and who made it happen. All railroads and interurban railways are
interesting if properly researched - the Laurel Line as portrayed in this work is profoundly interesting. Many classic
photographs from Edward S. Miller and other rail photographers illustrate the story. Reproductions of maps, car plans and
other memorabilia are also presented.
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