Join the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum as we welcome fall! During the months of September, October and November, the museum will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM. Visitors will have the opportunity to ride on two of the museum’s beautifully restored trolley cars and take a tour through the Trolley Display Building.
Each Friday of the fall will have a special feature! [View Full Fall Calendar]
On Friday September 4, October 2, and November 6, $2 of every visitor’s admission will be donated to the City Mission.
On September 11, 2020, the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum will commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil. The museum honors and thanks all Active Military, Veterans, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, and EMS by inviting them to visit the museum on September 11 with free admission. Guests can book their tickets in advance on the museum’s website. Those receiving free admission for their service will need to show identification when arriving at their ticketing time.
September 18: Restoration and How it Happens
Tour guides will show how Pennsylvania Trolley Museum volunteers restore and conserve streetcars. Though some of the trolleys at the museum may look brand new, many hours were dedicated to returning them to that condition. Learn more about the differences between a cosmetic versus operational restoration, and between restoration and conservation during this tour. Visitors will see examples of identical cars in both states of preservation.
This tour will explore the development of the PCC as a response to emerging competitors in the transportation world. What IS a PCC? How are PCCs different from conventional trolley cars? Who made them, and how did they evolve from their pre-war to post-war design? Learn more about this iconic car during today’s PCC tours!
This tour will focus on local streetcar systems: the cars of Pittsburgh Railways, West Penn Railways, and the Harmony Route. Visitors may be surprised to learn that cable cars once ran in the Burgh!
This tour will examine the pieces in the collection that were lived in, dined in, lounged in, or otherwise converted after they retired as vehicles moving passengers. This tour would discuss trolleys not normally on display, including 739, 274, 115, plus Wexford Station.
Learn how trolleys helped transport food and other goods from farms and rural areas into towns and major cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Adult tour: 10 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM
Children/Family tour: 11:15 AM, 1:45 PM
Join PTM’s Educator for a spooky storytime at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM! After, continue the fun with a harvest trolley tour and ride. Limited to 25 participants. Advanced registration required. Please register on ShowClix for the 11:15 AM or 1:45 PM ride/tour time slot. Program will begin promptly at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM. All youth participants will receive a Spooky Streetcar activity packet. All included with regular admission price.
October 9: 7 PM Sarah Lerch and Carrie Wardzinski, Car Cards: Streetcar Advertisements
Heinz, Campbell’s, and Coca-Cola; sound familiar? You might even have these products at home right now! Join the Educator and Research Librarian to learn about the origins of streetcar advertisements, the man who made it all possible and popular ads of the day.
October 9 Onsite: 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM – Car Cards tour and activity packet for kids
Join PTM staff for a behind-the-scenes tour to explore streetcar advertisements through the decades and enjoy a trolley ride, looking for each trolley’s unique advertisement cards based on time period and location of service. Tour is family friendly and children will receive a Car Cards activity packet. Limited to 25 participants. Tour offered at 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM.
October 23: 7 PM Jennifer Sopko, Lost Trolley Parks of Western Pennsylvania
Today’s modern-day amusement parks can trace their roots back to simple picnic groves and recreational parks that were owned and operated by local transportation companies, from steam-powered railroads to electric streetcar lines. Western Pennsylvania was once home to numerous trolley parks that are now lost to memory and newspaper archives. Author Jennifer Sopko will share images and the history of forgotten trolley parks as part of her research for her forthcoming book on lost Western Pennsylvania amusement parks.
September 4: City Mission donation ($2 from each ticket sold)
September 11: A Day to Remember
September 18: Themed Tours: Restoration
September 25: Themed Tours: PCC Cars
October 2: City Mission donation
October 9: Digital Presentation: Car Cards (7 PM), Car Cards tour and activity packet for kids (On site, 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM)
October 16: Themed Tours: Yinzer Trolleys
October 23: Digital Presentation: Trolley Parks (7 PM)
October 30: Themed Tours: Off the Rails: Second Lives of Trolleys
October 31: Halloween Themed Tours: Harvest Trolley (Adult tour: 10 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM, Children/Family tour: 11:15 AM, 1:45 PM); Halloween Storytime (On site, 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM)
November 6: City Mission donation