December 30, 2000

News Release

Contact: Joel Salomon, President, Rockhill Trolley Museum, 610-437-0448, jdstrolley@enter.net

 

Rockhill Trolley Museum plans major expansion in 2001

The Rockhill Trolley Museum, operated by Railways To Yesterday Inc., has been operating historic trolleys at its museum site in Rockhill Furnace, PA, adjacent to the East Broad Top RR, for 40 years. The Museum is announcing a major expansion of its operation.

The Museum’s demonstration trolley line will be extended 2900 feet in the year 2001, bringing its length to approximately two miles. This will enable visitors to experience a nearly four-mile round trip aboard a restored historic trolley. This work is being funded in part by a number of generous contributions by its members. However, additional donations to the Museum’s track extension fund are welcome to help offset construction costs.

The total cost for this track construction project is estimated at $140,000. Grading and placement of the poles, for the erection of the overhead trolley wire, will be started this winter, weather permitting. Track construction is planned for April and overhead trolley wire construction, by museum volunteers, will continue throughout the summer. The Museum plans to have the track in service for 2001 Fall Spectacular, scheduled for October.

The Museum offers rides on trolleys built between the years 1904 and 1947 on weekends and holidays throughout the summer and fall. In addition, tours of the rolling stock collection are offered. A snowsweeper trolley, now over 100 years old, is on display as are many other trolleys in the 24-car collection. The Museum features trolleys, which are in operating condition from Johnstown, York, Scranton and Philadelphia. Trolleys from Harrisburg and the Harrisburg West Shore, and additional Scranton, Johnstown and Philadelphia trolleys are also in the collection awaiting restoration work to return them to service.

For more information, or to contribute to the project, please write to:

Railways To Yesterday Inc.
P.O. Box 1601
Allentown PA 18105.

The Museum is a non-profit organization and is registered with the Pennsylvania Charitable Organizations Commission. Donations are fully deductible under the IRS code 501(c)(3). Membership in the museum is offered to anyone interested in trolleys and their preservation.

For more information about the Rockhill Trolley Museum, please write to the above address or visit the museum’s website at www.rockhilltrolley.org