CTRC - The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation.
Preserving the historical heritage of railroading and trolleys in the Santa Clara Valley of California.

Inaugural “Holly Trolley” rides to commemorate start of historic trolley service

The Valley Transportation Authority will roll out an historic trolley for the holiday's "Holly Trolley" service this Friday, 12/7, at 6:00 PM and until 7:00 PM at the Civic Center Light Rail Station.

On Friday, December 7, join transportation leaders and the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation (CTRC) volunteers on a “Holly Trolley” ride!  The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) historic trolley only operates this time of year, offering free rides to the various holiday festivities in downtown San Jose. Don’t miss out on this festive ride down memory lane and a chance to learn more about the spirited volunteer effort to fund and restore all six vintage streetcars on display at the San Jose Historical Museum in Kelly Park.

When: Friday, December 7, 2012; 6 – 7pm [See note, below, for CTRC attendees]  First train departs at 6:15pm from the Civic Center Light Rail Station, 803 North First Street, San Jose.

Through the month of December, the Holly Trolley will operate on an hourly schedule every Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., weather and conditions permitting. Visit www.vta.org for trip planning assistance or contact VTA Customer Service at (408) 321-2300, TTY (408) 321-2330. Follow us on Twitter: @VTA and “Like” us on facebook.com/VTA!

Who: Join Rod Diridon, members of the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation, and the talented volunteers who were vital to the restoration process on a historic trolley ride to downtown San Jose.  Learn about the spirited efforts that led to the funding and restoration of six vintage streetcars.

The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation is a private, non-profit organization with a Board of Directors composed of local business and community leaders founded in 1982.  The restoration effort was made possible through donations from the community and over 90,000 volunteer hours by more than 300 volunteers.  Each car took over one year of full-time volunteer work to be completely restored.  Old parts were saved when possible, and new parts were designed and built when necessary.  Special attention was paid to the historic characteristics of cars which have undergone many changes during their lifetimes. When fully restored, the cars are better than new, with hand-polished wood interiors and fresh coats of brightly colored paint.

CTRC Attendees will need to gather at the Civic Center Light Rail Station (parking at County/former City Hall building) to catch the first loop that begins at 6:18p, arriving at the Diridon Station at 6:38p; the trolley heads back to Civic Center at 6:46p and arrives at 7:04p.  The trolley runs every hour so if attendees want to stay downtown to have dinner or go to Christmas in the Park, they certainly can!

Since we have already promoted the start of “Holly Trolley” service, this opportunity would focus more on the history and volunteer effort (different spin in the media).  Members of the public would have a chance to meet volunteers, learn about the history either while gathered on the light rail platform or in the trolley itself when making its way downtown since you will have a captive audience.  I can distribute a news release and stakeholder update on Wednesday announcing the inaugural ride and include more detailed information about the restoration efforts.


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