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.

Summer-Fall ‘23 Streamliner is here








The latest edition of our Streamliner newsletter is here. You can access the PDF version by clicking the front page image here.

In this edition, we travel along with FPT’s Bill Monaghan on his final trip as a SEPTA operator after 37 years of service. That trip was a special fundraising charter for FPT.

That and so much more can be found inside!


“Operator for the day” at Baltimore Streetcar Museum

Come join us and support the Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys while having an enjoyable time. For thirty-five dollars ($35) you will have the opportunity to operate two trolley cars, and ride and photograph streetcars from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

This year, this event is limited to the first 40 prepaid guests.  All proceeds from this event will be used for Philadelphia car maintenance and restorations at BSM.

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Donation: $35
Date: November 4, 2023

Location: BSM 1911 Falls Road, Baltimore, Maryland, 21211

There will be no lunch break; we suggest that you bring a lunch.

No cell phones while operating the streetcars.

No operating streetcars without instructor.

Must operate at a safe speed

Must be registered by November 1, 2023

No Walk Ups

More Information: Bill Monaghan FPT2799@Comcast.Net