Vintage trolleys arrive in St. Louis to be used on Loop Trolley

Two vintage trolleys that previously ran on the George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Lin in Seattle, Washington, will be used for the Loop Trolley.

“The vintage Seattle trolleys are in beautiful shape, with wood-panel interiors and brass hardware,” said Joe Edwards, chair of the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District and owner of Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop. “King County Metro Transit did a wonderful job of maintaining and storing them.”

The trolleys, and a third one from Seattle and two from Portland that were shipped to Iowa to be renovated and refurbished, will be used on The Loop Trolley.

The vintage trolleys were brought to Seattle from Melbourne, Australia and were built between 1923 and 1956. The trolleys from Portland are Brill-replica streetcars that were previously used on the Portland Vintage Trolley, which were designed to look like 1903 streetcars but were built in the 1990s.

All the working trolleys will be modified to meet ADA regulations.

The trolleys will run on the 2.2-mile fixed-track Loop Trolley that will link University City and Forest Park, with a turnaround at the Missouri History Museum.

KMOV © June 2016

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