As we discussed in yesterday’s post, Streetcars in Colorado Springs!? (Part 1), there’s a great deal of interest in bringing back streetcars/trolleys for a lot of very good reasons, not the least of which is a proven record of stimulating economic development and tourism. While yesterday’s post was mostly about the nuts and bolts of the feasibility study that’s now being conducted, we thought we’d take a look at the actual nuts and bolts: some of the trolley cars themselves.

The The Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation/Coloardo Springs & Interurban Railway is probably one of the most interesting museums in Colorado Springs that you’ve never visited. Tucked away off of Fillmore and I-25 at 2333 Steel Dr., the roundhouse/railyard is a museum and workshop and storage lot all rolled into one with a wide variety of train cars, streetcars, historical photographs, model trains and… there’s a lot. Point being: If you and/or your kids are into trains or trolleys and you haven’t visited, this place IS the bees knees and you NEED to check it out!

All that said, we’ve brought you a close look at two of the beautiful trolley cars currently being restored (slide shows below) with narration by Greg Roberts, Senior Restoration Specialist, and H. Howard Noble, Executive Director of the PPHSRF.

We also spoke extensively with Roberts and Noble about the past, present and future of trolley travel in Colorado Springs, which you can download by right-clicking the link below or clicking the play button on the streaming player below the link.

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4 Responses to Trolleys in Colorado Springs!? (Part 2)

  1. S. McClow-Kinsey says:

    Both slide shows are fantastic! I’m sure most people have no idea what is involved in restoring these street cars. It’s obviously a labor of love. Thanks to Roberts and Noble for this fascinating and educational presentation.

  2. […] Springs last October, now would be a good time to have another look (Part 1 is HERE, and Part 2 is HERE). Why? Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) is hosting a public meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12 to gather […]

  3. […] Colorado Springs could have a great future AND past ahead of it: Part 1 is HERE, and Part 2 is HERE). We hope these two posts will motivate you to speak up tonight: The Colorado Springs Streetcar […]

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