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

1928 Melbourne Trolley Car (#531)

ImageCar 531 was built in 1928 by the workshops of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board (M&MTB) in Melbourne, Australia, and ran on the 200 mile Melbourne trolley system from 1928 to the mid 1980s.  After it was retired from service during an upgrade of M&MTB's trolley fleet, the San Jose Trolley Corporation bought the vintage trolley in 1986.  Restored to its original factory-fresh chocolate and cream paint scheme, Car 531 features Tasmanian mahogany and polished chrome accents.  It began service in San Jose on January 26, 1990.
(From Historic Trolley Rider's Guide, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority)

This trolley car is in service from Memorial Day to Labor Day on the light rail tracks on First Street from the San Jose Civic Center to Downtown .  Trolley service hours are from about 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.  Rides can be purchased from the ticket machines at any Downtown Center Plaza or Civic Center light rail station.  Use the fare button marked "Historic Trolley".  When not in service, special tours of the maintenance facility where this trolley is stored can be arranged by calling (408) 299-8600 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays.

This trolley car may be chartered for use in the downtown area.  If you are interested, contact the TA representative at (408) 321-7519.

 

 

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