BECOME A MEMBER

These memberships are open:
  • Associate, $15/year
  • Family, $20/year
  • Sponsor, $30/year
  • Benefactor, $100/year
  • Lifetime, $500

All members receive our informal Trolley Fare newsletter and a six-ride pass upon joining and at each renewal. Members also elect directors at the annual meeting each January. Lifetime members recieve a special membership card and unlimited rides on Car 21.

For more information on joining our Society, please fill out and mail us this form.

Car 25 near the end of service in the 1950s.

Car 25 near the end of service in the 1950s.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

If you enjoy meeting people, want to learn more local history, have fun showing kids the thrill of riding the rails, or simply want to be a part of our unique, living history organization...the trolley is the place for you! We are an all-volunteer group that operates on weekend and holiday afternoons from May through September. Each operating day requires two conductor/motorman crews, one starting at Noon and the other at 2:30 pm. On holidays, we also open the restored depot in City Park to handle the increased patronage and sell souviners.
Carmen working on Car 21.
We currently have openings for new volunteers in both operation and maintanence. Training begins each year in April. Open topics below for more info.

Car 21 Crew Training

As a new volunteer, we'll teach you how to safely operate a fully restored, antique streetcar or learn the art of being a trolley conductor. Senior motormen and conductors provide classroom training covering the basics of operation and interacting with people. They'll work with you during hands-on sessions on the car, first without passengers, then on regularly scheduled runs. After the initial training, you can complete the hands-on training at your own pace, until you are ready to "test out" as a qualified motorman or conductor. To keep our proficiency up, we conduct annual safety re-qualification sessions for motormen.

After you are certified to operate or conduct, you can request an account on our online schedule so you can reserve work shifts on the car. Each weekend day includes two work shifts: Noon-2:30 pm and 2:30-5 pm, ensuring that eight volunteers get to work on the car each weekend. You can schedule up to two shifts on the car each month during our May thru September operating season. You'll probably find that showing our visitors what it was like to ride a trolley is more fun than work.

Once you are a qualified motorman or conductor, you will join the ranks of a select few in the USA who are keeping up the art of working on a real electric trolley. Although our annual training session occurs in April, we're happy to accept new volunteers any time during our operating season.

Car Maintenance and Restoration

Another way to contribute is to join our carmen team. They keep Car 21 in top shape and also work on various construction and restoration tasks, including rebuilding FCMR Car 25 (shown here at the barn in 1951). Car 25 at the barn in 1951.
If you have mechanical or electrical skills or wish to learn how we maintain and restore equipment, please drop by the Car 25 shop at 330 No. Howes St. any Saturday morning. If the Car 25 shop is not open, leave us a message at 970-224-5372.
Carmen working on Car 21.

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THE ADDTION TO THE TROLLEY BARN IS COMPLETE!

25 and 21 at home

The addition to the Mountain Ave. Trolley Barn is complete! The expansion to create a third bay to house the track maintenance cars, spare parts, tools, and a maintenance area was completed just prior to Christmas. This enclosed area nearly doubles the size of the original barn built in the early 1980s. Clearing the equipment out of the center bay will allow the storage of Car 25 when it completes its restoration in the Howes St. barn. The new area has been insulated so that it can be heated in the cold weather to make winter maintenance activities more comfortable. A new fire door connects the new bay with the old and the alarm system has also been expanded to protect the new area. The entire exterior of the barn has been scraped, caulked, primed, and repainted. New gutters have been installed and an electric garage door opener included.

Volunteers working on the new addition

Construction Financing The Society is extremely grateful for the people and organizations who made this expansion possible. The 20th Century Electric Railroad Association, the Bohemian Foundation, and the Fort Collins Elks Lodge 804 provided monetary grants. Extremely valuable assistance was provided by the City of Fort Collins and we want to specifically mention the help received from the City’s Parks Department and Electrical Department. The Society itself pledged half of its total income for the past five years to this project as well.

Upcoming fund-raising events:

  • STAY TUNED FOR NEW UPDATES...
  • The Arrival of Car 25 is estimated to be BACK IN SERVICE THIS (2020) SEASON!! .

CHARTER THE TROLLEY

A charter on car 21 can spice up a special occasion for your family, workgroup or class. We run charters for school groups, weddings, club events and other private parties. We can pick you up at either end of the line or anywhere in between. We charge $45/hour ($30/hr for non-profit organizations). Our car can carry up to 28 people.

For more details, contact us..

SPONSOR A CAR CARD

One of the easiest ways to support the trolley is to purchase and maintain an advertising card on car 21 AND NOW CAR 25. The practice of advertising on steetcars started with the first horsecars in the 1890s. It continues today on streetcars, commuter trains and buses. Our riders view many of the car cards as they travel with us. Both your business and the trolley benefit by letting us feature you on the car.

Please contact our car-card coordinator,
(970) 224-5372