ST. LOUIS, February 17, 2017 – After much anticipation, The Loop Trolley celebrated a major milestone today with the arrival of the first meticulously refurbished trolley car, #001. The car is one of two replica Council Crest trolley cars from Portland that have been reconditioned by Gomaco Trolley Company in Iowa, which was the original manufacturer. Wheelchair lifts have been installed on the end platforms of each car, and the seating and layout have been changed to provide the best possible experience for passengers.
After weeks of testing in Iowa, the refurbished car was transported to St. Louis via flatbed truck, arriving this morning. It was carefully pulled off the truck, onto the rails, and successfully moved into the new Loop Trolley headquarters where testing will continue over the next few weeks. The second car will be here soon and the third will follow later this spring. After testing on trolley car #001 is completed inside the facility, testing will begin on the tracks. That phase will initially involve the trolley being towed by truck along the route, then ultimately doing test runs operating under its own power.
Before that testing can begin, the Federal Transit Administration must sign off on safety and testing procedures, but we’re pleased to be making progress and look forward to being able to give the public their first glimpse of the new trolley cars out on the tracks soon.
The Loop Trolley is a 2.2-mile, fixed-route, electrically powered, heritage trolley that will link St. Louis City and County in an exciting new way. The trolley will run through the Delmar Loop along Delmar Blvd. and continue on DeBaliviere Ave., connecting people and neighborhoods, the past and the present. From restaurants and shopping to entertainment, recreation and the arts, riders will be able to take in the multitude of things to do along the route as they enjoy both the country’s “#1 City Park” and “One of the 10 Great Streets in America.”
The Loop Trolley is a 2.2-mile, fixed-track, vintage, electric trolley system currently under construction, linking University City and Forest Park, with a turnaround at the Missouri History Museum. Owned by the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District and operated by The Loop Trolley Company, the Loop Trolley promotes connectivity, environmentally friendly transportation and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods to enhance quality of life, increase tourism and spur economic development. The Loop Trolley will be an environmentally positive attraction, a prototype for connecting other areas of St. Louis through clean electric transit and a source of pride for the metropolitan area. For details and construction updates, visit www.looptrolley.com, where residents can sign up to receive regular updates via email, call 314-725-2115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, like the Loop Trolley on Facebook at facebook.com/looptrolley or follow the organization on Twitter @LoopTrolley.