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