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Wanted New Operators

THE COMO-HARRIET and EXCELSIOR STREETCAR LINES

NEED TROLLEY DRIVERS, STATION AGENTS AND MAINTENANCE CREW

Have you ever wanted to do something totally unique? How about operating a trolley car? Help us re-create history, and have a little fun, by volunteering your time and skills doing something that contributes to the quality of life in our community! Have you ever seen or ridden the historic streetcars that operate in downtown Excelsior or between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun and said: “Gee, that looks like fun!” Well, here’s your chance.

The Minnesota Streetcar Museum, one of the few “living history” museums in the Twin Cities, needs volunteers to operate the historic Minnesota streetcars at its two streetcar lines. The Excelsior Streetcar Line is located in downtown Excelsior. The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line is in the Linden Hills neighborhood near the Lake Harriet Band shell in Minneapolis.

In addition to operators we are also looking for volunteers to become station agents. We also are recruiting people intersected in maintaining our fleet of streetcars and the track.

There will be informational meetings on April 7 and 8. Operator training starts the following week. Operator trainees need to be at least 18 years old and must be physically capable of operating a streetcar for at least three hours a minimum of once per month and have a valid driver’s license.

During training, which is scheduled on a flexible basis, you’ll learn how to operate the streetcar as well as a little history about Twin City’s streetcars. For more information about the museum, please visit our website, TrolleyRide.org or contact Pat Cosgrove at 952-953-6559 or volunteer@trolleyride.org. You may also contact us at https://trolleyride.org/about/volunteer/ . Operator applications are due April 6. Station Agents and maintenance crew applications are welcome at any time.

MSM Annual Appeal

Please consider a generous donation to our Museum’s 2017-2018 Annual Appeal.  The goal in this Annual Appeal is to raise funds to rebuild the trucks under TCRT “gate car” No. 1239 which operates at our Excelsior Streetcar Line.  More information can be found here: 2017-2018 Annual Appeal Flyer

Seminars on Twin City Streetcar History

Aaron Isaacs, the Museums’s Photo Archivist and Historian, is producing four seminars on Twin Cities streetcar history. They are approximately one hour each. All four are available on Youtube.

You can also access the entire series of videos through a Youtube Playlist