Your Admission Includes:
• Scenic Trolley Rides
• Guided Tour (tours begin on the hour, every hour, except during special events)
• Exhibits and Video Presentations
• Extended “Behind the Scenes” Trolley Display Building Tour (extra cost offering, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.
April–November; not offered during special events). Duration 1 hour. Not recommended for children under 15 years of age.
• Museum Store • Picnic area • Free parking
Visit during one of our special events described below!
• Schedule your next birthday, anniversary, field trip, reunion, company picnic, corporate meeting or photo session with us.
• Treat yourself or a loved one to “Operator for an Hour.” Makes a great gift!
• Call to schedule your group and find out about special rates–724-228-9256.
Climb aboard for a ride into the past!
When you arrive look for the glass doors under the awning and head to the Visitor Education Center to purchase your admission tickets. From the ticket counter, you’ll be directed to the theater room where you will view a 12 minute video introduction to the Trolley Era and the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Next, you’ll meet your motorman/tour guide at the ticket counter to begin your ride into the past.
Special note for your visit:
To prepare for your visit, be advised the tour and the ride require walking, as well as step climbing in order to board our historic cars. For maximum comfort during your visit PTM recommends you wear substantial shoes. The steps on and off of these cars can be tall. For assistance in climbing aboard, please feel free to ask your motorman/guide for portable steps and assistance. PTM has a car that has been modified to accommodate wheel chairs, as well as a separate wheel chair lift, which can be provided with advanced notice. Calling ahead can help our volunteers to prepare to receive you.
Board the trolley at Richfol, an authentic waiting shelter preserved after serving the Washington interurban trolley line, origin of the original museum trackage. Originally the Richfol stop was located in Canonsburg across from Sarris Candy Company. After life as a streetcar stop Richfol was moved to a farm near the museum where it was a school bus stop. It was brought to PTM in 1982 and restored to be the main boarding point for the trolley ride. The station is at the center of the ride, so be sure to ride in both directions. Be sure to look for and learn about the museum’s other preserved shelter buildings.
Experience a bygone era on the 4-mile scenic round trip ride aboard one of the museum’s restored streetcars. Enjoy the clang of the bell and the clatter of the heavy steel wheels over the rails as you feel the power of the electric motors move the car along the track. An experience first enjoyed by Americans in the 1880s. Your ticket is good for unlimited rides so take your time and perhaps you will have a chance to take a ride on a different trolley.
Trolleys through Time:
Along the way, you’ll stop at the Trib-Total Media Trolley Display Building for a 15 minute look at the development of streetcars through the Trolley Era (1890-1950). Learn what makes a streetcar a trolley find out about city cars and interurbans and see cars from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio as your tour guide familiarizes you with changes to the cars through the years.
*On Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 1PM a special, one-hour extended tour of the Trib-Total Media Trolley Display Building is available for an additional fee. Tour and learn about all the trolleys housed there from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. This tour is not recommended for small children, and is not available during Bunny Trolley, Pumpkin Patch or Santa Trolley Events.
Visitor Education Center & Restoration Shop Tour:
Finish your tour where you started: at the Visitor Education Center. In air-conditioned comfort you’ll find a pictorial exhibit of street railways and how they related to everyday life during the Trolley Era. You will also find interactive items for children, including Play Trolley 225 (for kids 2 to 5 get it?), the Chuggington train set and much more. If you missed the introduction video, return here to view it. Be sure to stop by the Museum Store, where a variety of rail-related gifts and souvenirs of your visit can be purchased.
While in the store, ask about a tour of the Restoration Shop (adjacent to the VEC). Here you will see how volunteer craftsmen rebuild, restore and maintain our vintage trolley fleet.