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The Excelsior Streetcar Line

Welcome to the Excelsior Streetcar Line! Step back to the days when the streetcar was king - when Twin Citians went to work, to school, and to play by trolley!

To learn more about the Excelsior Streetcar Line, including location, schedule, fares, charters, history, photos, and links, please refer to the navigation menus on the home page.

Welcome aboard the Excelsior Streetcar Line online; we look forward to welcoming you in person soon!

To download a pdf version of The Minnesota Streetcar Museum's brochure (196kb), click here.

Check out our newest book Twin Cities by Trolley - The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul by Aaron Isaacs and John Diers.

To view a flyer on the book, click here. To order the book from the Museum store, click here.

Dsr No. 78

Streetcar No. 78 was acquired by the Museum in 1972 and restored to service in 1991. Here it crosses Morse Avenue on its way from Water Street to Old Excelsior Road. To learn more about No. 78, click here.

Enjoy a trip through historic Excelsior along a half-mile of track built on the former right-of-way of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway. The car stops at our car barn so passengers can view a photo gallery of hotels, trains, paddlewheel boats and landmarks from the 1800s; history, in pictures, of the Twin Cities Rapid Transit as it ran in Minneapolis and St. Paul; other streetcars in our collection; work in progress of restoring a vintage streetcar. Re-board the car riding to the end of the line where you will see some of the 110 miles of shoreline of Lake Minnetonka where the car returns to the Water Street stop. After your trip back in time, stop at the old Minneapolis and St. Louis station and see the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society displays. Excelsior was founded in 1853. Then, take a stroll along Water Street to see the many owner occupied shops.

For more information, you can check out the following web sites:

Excelsior-Minnetonka Historical Society
Excelsior Downtown Business Group
City of Excelsior
South Lake-Excelsior Chamber of Commerce

TCRT No. 1239 

Streetcar 1239, a gate car, was built at the 31st Street Shops in Minneapolis in 1907.
From 1954 until 1998, it was used as a cabin near Big Lake, MN.
It was totally restored in the Excelsior car barn and returned to service in Excelsior in 2006.
To learn more about TCRT No. 1239, click here.

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