Join PTM staff and volunteers for our new Zoom series, Trolleyology! These programs will feature Pennsylvania transit history topics that you can experience from home. Registration is required but free of charge. Limited space is available!
For the best experience, we recommend downloading Zoom in advance.
Our next round of Trolleyology programs is coming soon. Stay tuned!
These programs may be available for outreach presentations. If your club, organization, or group is interested in a digital program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wexford: Station, Post Office, Deli, and Back Again
Tuesday, May 26, 2:00 pm
The Wexford Station served the Pittsburgh, Harmony, Butler & New Castle Railway (“The Harmony Route”) from 1908 until the last trolley ran in 1931. After its life as a passenger and freight station, the building was purchased, moved, and used as a post office, antique shop, and most recently, a deli.
Join Executive Director Scott Becker for a Trolleyology talk about Wexford Station, the route it served, its relocation to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, and its reopening in 2016.
When Bad Things Happen to Good Trolleys
Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 pm
Whenever a trolley left the car barn for its day’s work, trouble was never far behind. In this presentation, volunteer George Gula shares a collection of derailments, collisions, floods, snow and ice incidents and all the other things that made the motorman wish he had stayed home and the trolley wish it had stayed in the depot.
Allegheny Valley Route
Tuesday, June 9, 2:30 pm
The lower Allegheny Valley, just north of Pittsburgh, hosted three streetcar lines in the early 20th Century, each of them part of a different corporate structure. The Allegheny Valley (West Penn), Tarentum, Breckenridge & Butler and Route 78 of Pittsburgh Railways served the heavily industrialized area along the lower Allegheny River valley.
This presentation, based upon the book Allegheny Valley Trolleys, will be presented by Dennis Cramer, one of the authors and former Chief Instructor of Operator Training at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.
On the Warpath! Pennsylvania’s Trolleys during WWII
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 pm
Labor shortages, equipment shortages, and a strike involving an army takeover of at least one Pennsylvania property were only some of the issues faced by those running public transit in Pennsylvania. Join volunteer George Gula to see how it was accomplished during WWII.