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.








Another successful $20 day at BSM

Another Successful $20 Day at Baltimore Streetcar Museum was sponsored by FPT on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018.

Over 40 people attended to ride, photograph and operate trolleys starting at 10 a.m. After a pizza lunch, operations continued until almost 5 p.m.

A little over $1,300 was raised, which will go towards PCC 2168’s upcoming body repair. Thanks to all who supported the 2018 $20 Day!

The photo above, by our own Bill Monaghan, shows 2168 between Baltimore PCC 7407 and Peter Witt 6119 at the museum.

Annual FPT $20 Day another success

FPT Founding Member Matt Nawn is seen with talented volunteer Mike Lawson, whose efforts have included help with the interior restoration of PCC car 2743. (Bill Monaghan photo.)

Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys’ annual $20 Day for 2017 was a success, drawing a crowd to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. It helped raise money for both organizations and offered a chance to recognize two volunteers.

As always, the event also offered visitors a chance to operate preserved equipment at the museum, including Philadelphia PCC 2168, which was restored in 1973 colors and has been kept running in large part thanks to FPT volunteers and donors.

In separate ceremonies during the day, Mike Lawson and George Rich were honored.

Mike, you may recall, offered invaluable help with the interior restoration of PCC 2743, which operates at the Rockhill Trolley Museum in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Mike’s efforts included professional quality refurbishment of several fittings inside the car, including the operator’s heater grid, transfer cutter and more. Mike was presented with an HO scale model of 2743.

George, a volunteer who has been part of many FPT maintenance visits to museums far and wide, also is a friend to many. He recently retired from SEPTA, a watershed moment that was celebrated with a homemade cake during Saturday’s festivities at BSM.

We are happy to report, meanwhile, that $20 Day raised $870 to support the respective missions of FPT and BSM. For more photos from the day, check out FPT’s official Facebook page.

Just in case you hadn’t heard, FPT will again be hosting a New Year’s Eve trolley charter in Philadelphia this December 21. More information can be found on the FPT 2017 New Years Trip Flyer.