Heritage Rail Alliance spotlights FPT

FPT’s work preserving Philadelphia trolleys — and particularly our efforts with PCC 2168 in Baltimore — are the subject of a new article published by HeritageRail Alliance.

“There are a handful of foundations and other organizations that provide financial and other assistance to railway preservationists,” it states. “One of the more specialized is the Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys, which has donated over $200,000 toward the restoration of hometown streetcars.”

This piece, by Matt Nawn and Harry Donahue, gives FPT an excellent opportunity to explain our mission and accomplishments to date, and puts that story before the eyes of fellow preservationists who may benefit from that experience — and perhaps have expertise to share with us.

Be sure to check it out here: https://heritagerail.org/2020/10/friends-of-philadelphia-trolleys-and-pcc-2168/


Sweeper C-145 exterior restoration completed ????

On March 2, 2019, Baltimore Streetcar Museum and Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys members started working on Matthew E. Nawn’s Eagle Scout project to renovate 1923 vintage Philadelphia Rapid Transit snowsweeper car C-145.

Phase I (exterior restoration) was completed on September 19, 2020 with more than 1,100 hours spent on this project by a dedicated team of volunteers, seen posing with the sweeper in the attached photo. You can watch Operator Logan’s video from the completion ceremony here.

The team replaced 70 percent of the outer body with new tongue and groove boards, made structural repairs, restored the exterior hardware, installed 16 new windows and frames, and completely repainted the exterior.

PRT C-145 is restored to its 1926 through 1940 appearance.  The Baltimore Streetcar Museum and The Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys extend their mutual thanks to all supporters of this project!