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Located in the 19th century Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific roundhouse at 2333 Steel Drive, the museum has interesting artifacts of a bygone era. Our knowledgeable tour guide gave us a rundown of a fascinating period in the city’s history.
A number of restored – and in the process of being restored – streetcars provide a historical look at transportation across the nation. The current inventory includes streetcars from Denver, Ft Collins, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
The display includes cars from the Rock Island, Southern Pacific and D&RGW railways, as well as interurban electric busses. An 1888 Pullman sleeping car is being restored. Visitors can tour a restored caboose and take a short ride in a restored trolley.
The tour guides also present the significant figures in the development of transportation in the area.
But the Trolley Museum is more than just the past. The Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation, operator of the museum, is in ongoing negotiations to restore streetcar service in Colorado Springs.
With the current inventory of restored cars, it will be possible to operate the trolley line. What fun that will be!