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50th Anniversary Trolley Treat

Inspired by the Suburban Red Arrow Trolley car that was decorated for the 100th Anniversary of the Red Arrow Lines, SEPTA Transit Store Employee George Rice decided to "wrap" another trolley in vintage paint. But this time, it's a City-Transit 1981 Kawasaki LRV model trolley, painted in the Green and White Livery of the old Philadelphia Transit Company (P.T.C.). "Being able to create something from scratch and turning an idea into an actual work of art that people can enjoy is a rewarding experience." said Rice of his model railway works which are displayed permanently at the Transit Museum Store.

Careful eyes will notice that Rice's repainted LRV sports number 2040, the actual number of a real P.C.C. Car that operated over Route 6 when it was operated on rails. Unlike the real trolley, this one is an unpowered model on display for all to see and enjoy at our Transit Museum Store at 1234 Market Street Monday through Saturday. While you're visiting, also check out the two, full-sized model railroad displays, also created, curated, and maintained by Rice. Both model train sets include models of modern vehicles and vintage rail stock that once carried passengers on area railways.

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary here.