Come see FPT at Stratford KofC train show!

FRIENDS OF PHILADELPHIA TROLLEYS will have a sales table at the Stratford Knights of Columbus Toy and Train Collectible Show on Saturday, March 4th, 2017.

santafeThe show will be held at St. John Paul II Regional Catholic School, 55 Warwick Road, Stratford NJ 08084. If you are in the area, please stop by.  100% of the value of items sold by FPT supports our ongoing restoration grants to organizations preserving trolley cars formerly used in the Philadelphia area.

New Year’s Eve Trolley Tradition Continues

Kick off the New Year with FRIENDS OF PHILADELPHIA TROLLEYS!

We will be sponsoring our annual New Year’s Eve Trolley charter on Saturday December 31, 2016. The decorated nyeKawasaki trolley car will depart 63rd and Malvern Loop, on SEPTA trolley Route 10, at 10 p.m. sharp, returning around 2 a.m. on January 1, 2017.

Fare is $45.00. Please mail checks made out to FPT to: Harry Donahue, 103 Mulberry Court, Morgantown, PA 19543. Please include your phone number and or e-mail with your check.

For further information, contact Harry Donahue at had2709@aol.com or Bill Monaghan at FPT2799@comcast.net.

Painting, Charters and More: What’s New at FPT

If you’re like us, you can never get enough of vintage traction. This year has brought much action on the restoration and charter front, with so much more to come.

INTERIOR RESTORATION OF PCC 2743

Harry Donohue, Rob Masciantonio and Cheau-Erl Lam work inside 2743 at the Rockhill Trolley Museum, Aug. 20, 2016. (Roger DuPuis photos)

Harry Donohue, Rob Masciantonio and Cheau-Erl Lam work inside 2743 at the Rockhill Trolley Museum, Aug. 20, 2016. (Roger DuPuis photos)

Harry Donohue, Bill Monaghan and many friends have been busy working on the restoration of PTC PCC 2743 to its circa-1960 colors at the Rockhill Trolley Museum. You can read about the project’s background, in detail, here, as well as in the current newsletter and in future updates on this site.

As of now, much of the interior has been repainted from the two-tone SEPTA GOH blue of the 1980s into the two-tone green and cream of the PTC years. The photo at left shows some of that work underway recently.

Several seats also have been reupholstered in a rich brown material appropriate for that era. So far, 12 double seats are paid for, and FPT continues to raise money for the rest to be re-covered.

Interested in donating or helping with the work? Contact us via this site, or by emailing FPT2799@comcast.net. The cost of a double seat is $235, for a single seat the price is $195.

CHARTERS AND MEET-UPS

FPT founding member Harry Donohue is seen at the controls of SEPTA PCC 2168 at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, July 23, 2016. (Roger DuPuis photo)

FPT founding member Harry Donohue is seen at the controls of SEPTA PCC 2168 at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, July 23, 2016. (Roger DuPuis photo)

In a time-honored tradition, many FPT members and guests rang in 2016 aboard a chartered suburban SEPTA Kawasaki car, setting the tone for a year filled with fun events to bring railfans together and raise funds for FPT’s mission. Summer may be flying by, but there’s still plenty of time to join us for fan trips and more.

As you’ll find on our new upcoming events page, FPT has a charter coming up this September in Pittsburgh, followed by in November by a special FPT gathering at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

Check back often for information about FPT’s activities, including newsletters, photos, special reports and updates on the progress of our fundraising and restoration projects.