Helping a Scout refurbish a vintage Philadelphia sweeper

Ed Amrhein and Jerry Sateriale Woodworking are seem taking the first section of rotten wood off C-145 on March 2, 2019. (Bill Monaghan photo.)

BALTIMORE, Md. — In a new project, FPT is looking for your help to assist a young scout who plans to work on a vintage Philadelphia snowsweeper in order to earn his Eagle Scout rank.

Matthew E. Nawn, son of FPT founding member Matt Nawn, is undertaking work on 1923 Brill snowsweeper C-145, which is stored outdoors at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

According to Matthew’s letter (an image of which can be found below), the car’s exterior paint suffers from fading, graffiti, chipping and flaking, while some of its poplar wood panels have deteriorated due to exposure to the elements.

Matthew E. Nawn, right, is seen with Jerry Sateriale beside C-145 on March 2, 2019. (Bill Monaghan photo.)

Matthew has decided to make exterior repainting and refinishing of C-145 his Eagle Scout project, as described in the letter. It is an effort he expects will last into July, with two 6-to-8-hour work sessions twice each month at the museum. The first work session was held on March 2, as seen in the accompanying photos.

To assist in the work, you can contact Matthew directly at Monetary donations can be sent to FPT, as described in his letter (but please use the email above).

Watch this space for updates.



FPT to host PCC-II charter in conjunction with East Penn meet

(Bill Monaghan photo)

PHILADELPHIA — Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys (FPT) will be sponsoring a PCC-II charter in conjunction with the East Penn Traction Meet on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

The E.P.T.M. will take place on Friday & Saturday May 17th & 18th, come out to the show and check out our table.

The charter will depart SEPTA Elmwood Depot at 11:00AM and will return around 3PM the fare for the trip is $45. To reserve a seat, please send a check for $45.00 made out to FPT, Inc., and mail to: FPT c/o Harry Donahue, 103 Mulberry Court, Morgantown, PA 19543. All proceeds will go to PTC Peter Witt 8042 at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Need more info? Contact: Bill Monaghan

FPT $20 Day at National Capital Trolley Museum to benefit Red Arrow 85

These PCC cars from three countries (Canada, USA and the Netherlands) are among the historic vehicles in the National Capital Trolley Museum’s collection. (Bill Monaghan photo)

COLESVILLE, Maryland — Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys (FPT) and the National Capital Trolley Museum (NCTM) are teaming up on a special event on May 11 to raise funds for the future restoration of of an 87-year-old car that once served Philadelphia’s western suburbs.

Philadelphia & West Chester Traction Company 85 was built by the J.G. Brill Company in 1932 and served the lines radiating out from 69th Street Terminal until being retired by successor SEPTA after a half-century of service.

Car 85 is seen at the end of the Media line on State Street in 1969. (Matt Nawn collection)

For a donation of $20, guests will have the opportunity to ride, photograph and operate (under instruction) various trolley cars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A hosted tour of the NCTM maintenance car house (not typically open to visitors) also will be offered, along with a special presentation in the NCTM auditorium by the Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys on the group’s projects past and present.

Since 2005, FPT has made contributions of $185,000 toward trolley restoration projects in seven different museums. Your participation in $20 Day will help us continue our support of Philadelphia’s trolley heritage in operating museums around the country. You can learn more about FPT’s history and mission by clicking here.

For more information, email FPT2799@COMCAST.NET or MWNTROLLEY@AOL.COM, or visit our Facebook page for the event.

You also can download our flyer for the event (seen at left) by clicking here.

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WHAT: $20 Day in support of Car 85
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 11, 2019
WHERE: National Capital Trolley Museum,
1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville, Md. 20905–5955
ALSO: To learn more about Car 85, click here.