FPT Spring photo charter set for May 18 at ECTM

Join the Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys and the Electric City Trolley Museum for a scenic spring photo charter along a portion of the former Laurel Line interurban in Scranton, Pa.

Our event will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 with a safety briefing and shop tour at ECTM’s shops, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, Pa., 18507 (adjacent to PNC Field).

The trip will depart at 9:30 a.m. aboard Red Arrow Lines center door car 76. We plan to have a two-car meet at Virginia Siding with Red Arrow car 80. We will have photo stops along the line and inside Crown Avenue Tunnel.

All proceeds will go to ECTM for the restoration of former Philadelphia PCC car 2054.

Fare is $60 per person.


Mail your completed check made payable to FRIENDS OF PHILADELPHIA TROLLEYS, INC. to HARRY DONAHUE, 103 MULBERRY COURT, MORGANTOWN, PA 19543.

Please note in the memo line of the check “FPT Photo Trip” and include your phone number on the check. Reservations must be postmarked by May 8, 2024.

(You also can print out and enclose the attached form if you like.)

Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys plans New Year’s Eve charter

A Kawasaki LRV decorated by Gary Mason is seen at 30th Street Station. Mason will be the operator for FPT’s New Year’s Eve charter this year. (Bill Monaghan photo)

Ring in 2024 in style with the Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys!

In keeping with a beloved traction tradition, FPT will sponsor a New Year’s Eve trolley charter on Sunday night, Dec. 31, 2023, using a city division Kawasaki LRV car.

These trips are always an opportunity for camaraderie and distinctive photo ops.This trip also will serve as a fundraiser for a very special PCC car, 2054 — the last surviving Philadelphia “air car.”

Everything you need to know is below, and in the attached flyer. We hope to see you there!

WHAT: FPT New Year’s Eve Trolley Charter
WHEN: 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1
WHERE: SEPTA’s Route #10 Loop, 63rd Street and Malvern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 1915
FARE: $60 per person
ROUTE: City Division trackage (itinerary TBD)
• All proceeds from the trip will go towards restoration of Philadelphia’s last air PCC car, PTC 2054, now at the Electric City Trolley Museum, Scranton, Pa.
• Snacks and soft drinks will be available on the car.
• Gary Mason, well known for his eye-catching holiday trolley, will be our operator.
• To reserve a seat on the New Year’s Eve Charter, please complete the attached form (click the photo for link to the PDF) send your check or money order made out to FRIENDS OF PHILADELPHIA TROLLEYS, INC. to: Harry Donahue, 103 Mulberry Court, Morgantown, PA 19543 by no later than Dec. 27, 2023.