Pennsylvania is a state that is full of great railroad sites, great railroad towns, great railroad excursions and great railroad museums. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, Pennsylvania happens to be on the list of those great museums. Built along old rail lines, the museum has a big collection of old trolleys from across the state of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Eastern Ohio, New Orleans, and, oh my, they have trolleys from Brazil. (How cool is that?) Of course, what is visiting a trolley museum without riding an old trolley?
You begin at the visitor education center where you pay your admission. It is here where you can view exhibits, and you can watch a twelve minute introductory film about the Trolley Era. When the time comes, a tour guide will greet you and take you to board the trolley at one of the old trolley shelters, and you take a little ride. You ride along a creek to the end of the track where you turn around, and you head back to the visitor center, but you keep going. You realize that the trip is not over yet. You head down the tracks, and you arrive at the Trib Total Media Trolley Display Building. Among the collection is a rare Pittsburgh horsecar from the 1870’s, old trolley interurban cars from Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, a subway/elevated car from SEPTA (South East Pennsylvania Transit Authority, Philadelphia region) and a trolley parlor car. Here, your guide will escort you through the display building showing and telling you about each trolley on display. Next to the display building is the vintage 1908 Wexford Trolley Station which was moved to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in June of 2015 and is currently being restored to its original glory. When the restoration is completed, this 600 square feet wooden structure will house exhibits and show people how interurban trolley systems connected Pittsburgh to the people in the northern communities. Once your tour is done, you head back to the starting point.
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is open Saturday and Sundays in April, May, September through December and seven days a week in June, July and August. It is located at 1 Museum Road in Washington, Pennsylvania. It is just minutes from I-79 north of the interchange with I-70. Admission is just $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for seniors 65 and older and $7.00 for children 3 to 15. Included with the admission are unlimited rides, a guided tour, and a twelve minute film and photography exhibit. Go to www.pa-trolley.org for more information on hours, directions, the number of special events and, if you live in the Southwestern part of Pennsylvania, how you can be a volunteer of this great museum, and they will gladly welcome you aboard, or you can call them at 724-228-9256.
They are many great places in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is among those great places. If you are in Southwestern Pennsylvania or in Pittsburgh, make your way to this museum. You will be glad you did.