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Event Series Event Series: Trolleyology

Trolleyology: Railroads, Art, and American Life

July 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Railroads, Art, And American Life banner featuring painting of PCC at County Home Siding
Join PTM staff, volunteers, and members for our Zoom series, Trolleyology! These programs feature Pennsylvania transit history topics and tales of our collection that you can experience from home. Registration is required but free of charge. Donations are welcome and encouraged.


Railroads, Art, and American Life: An Artist’s Memoir

7/11/2023 – 7 PM ET – Presented by author and artist J. Craig Thorpe


Collecting more than thirty years of paintings and renderings (including 2 featuring the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum), Railroads, Art, and American Life tells the story of rail transportation in America through the life and works of artist J. Craig Thorpe. His artwork depicts not only the golden age of train travel but considers the present and looks forward to a potential future.

Featuring more than 130 color illustrations and combining history, biography, ethics, and humor, Thorpe’s personal story joins with his paintings to invite the reader to relive the heyday of American rail and better understand the role of railroads in our society today.

This presentation highlights the book and Thorpe’s story and is specially tailored to an electric railway and traction audience.


This program will be recorded and available at a later date on the PTM YouTube channel.


Trolleyology presentations will continue on a regular or semi-regular basis. Interested in presenting? Email assistant@patrolley.org! We’re specifically looking for programs related to the Trolley Era in general, Pennsylvania transit history, or stories about our collection. Please join our e-mail list to stay up-to-date with program announcements and other PTM news!

*For the best experience, we recommend downloading Zoom in advance.

NOTE: This is a virtual event


July 11, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Collection of Nearly 50 Cars and Counting

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