OUR MISSION

collecting fares The Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society (FCMRS) is a 501c 3 non-profit corporation working in partnership with the Fort Collins Museum to restore and operate the Fort Collins Municipal Railway, presenting a living history of electric public transportation in Fort Collins. We preserve, display, operate, and interpret streetcar service, and collect artifacts and information of an educational nature and of significance to the City's electric railway. We strive to:
  • Promote excellence in operating safely and in strict accordance with our Operating Agreement with the City.
  • Adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws.
  • Maintain the equipment, power supply and track in safe, attractive and functioning condition and as close to the historically accurate, original condition as practical.
The FCMRS is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501c 3 organization staffing these functions:
  • Elected officers and board of directors
  • Conductors, motormen and depot agents
  • Equipment and right-of-way maintainers
  • Crew scheduler/dispatcher and charter coordinator

In addition to directors and staff positions, our volunteers perform regular line maintenance, maintain operating equipment, manage membership information and souvenirs, write and publish our Trolley Fare newsletter, manage public relations with the City and local news media, and maintain these Web pages. Directors are elected for two-year terms at an annual meeting each January.

The FCMRS was formed in 1980 to complete the painstaking restoration of Car 21, restore the 1.5-mile line from City Park to Howes St., and work with the public and City. Work on car 21 took seven years, while line restoration took almost five years. Although the complete restoration has been apprased at over $2.5 million, it was accomplished at no cost to the City. All material for restoring track were donated by local railroads and businesses. We even helped salvage rail from local railroads, including an abandoned mountain tourist line in the dead of winter.

annual meeting The Society currently has an agreement with the City to operate Car 21 on scheduled weekends and operate charters during off hours. We conduct regular written and on-line operator training and testing to ensure safe operation. Our operation is also governed by the Federal Railways Administration (FRA), who performs annual safety inspections on our car and right-of-way.

OFFICERS & DIRECTORS

President: Bob Browning
Vice President: Dan Sapienza
Secretary: Bob Crandell
Treasurer: Asad Aziz
Directors: Brent Carmack, Alan Cram,
   Jim Hebbeln, Carol Tunner, Thea Stern

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DEPARTMENT STAFF

Depot: Alan Cram, Marsha Mulroney
Trolley maintenance and restoration:
   Chuck Bade
Crew Training and Evaluation:
  Motormen: Bob Browning
  Conductors: Dan Sapienza
Publicity: Thea Stern
On-Car Advertising: Dan Sapienza
Charter Booking:
  Moose Shattuck, 970-224-5372 or fcmrs1919@gmail.com
Trolley Fare Editor: Marsha Mulroney
Website Manager: Bob Beavers
Mailing List Manager: John Mol
Volunteer Coordinator: 970-224-5342
Phone Number (voice mail):
   970-224-5372
E-mail Address: fcmrs1919@gmail.com

RECOGNITION

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Our work restoring car 21 and the Mountain Avenue line has earned both local and national recognition:

  • Department of Transportation Award for Outstanding Public Service to Transportation and Historic Preservation.
  • Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History.
  • Preservation Honor Award from Colorado Preservation, Inc.
  • Stephen H. Hart Award from the Colorado Historical Society.
  • Designated as a Fort Collins Local Landmark and entered in the National Register of Historic Places.