THE SUNDAY DRIVE...PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM WASHINGTON, PA
THE 2015 GMC SIERRA PICKUP MAKES THE SUNDAY DRIVE TO THE TROLLEY MUSEUM
ALL ABOARD FOR AN AFTERNOON OF FUN AT THE PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM
BY VINNIE RICHICHI
A perfect Sunday afternoon and a very comfortable 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 HD pick up (click here for review) is a great combination for hitting the road as we head on down to Washington, PA where on one side of Interstate 79 you have the Meadows Casino and Racetrack and the outlet mall which are great destinations in themselves and on the west side of 79 just a couple of miles off of exit 41 sits one of the great places to spend a Sunday afternoon by stepping back in time…The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.
The museum is a throwback to a time when a Sunday afternoon might include a trolley ride out to Kennywood or a Saturday afternoon might be getting on a trolley with mom and going downtown at Christmas time to see the new toys, have a hot chocolate and visit Santa at one of the big department stores.
The old trolleys are gone from the streets but the memories live on the mile or so of track and in the trolleys and station buildings that have been meticulously restored by the volunteers at the museum. Everything is authentic right down to the vintage advertising signs.
There is something so soothing about taking that ride through the woods, hearing the hummm of the traction motors, the clickety clack of the wheels against the rails and of course the ding ding of the bell as the car gets moving.
The museum which turned 80 years old last February has a vast collection of restored trolleys and streetcars from mostly Pennsylvania cities. You may even be able to ride the streetcar you rode to school as a kid here at the museum. The folks that operate the streetcars are more than friendly and are willing to explain the history of a particular car or how it operates. Part of the tour includes a stop at the main storage barn where you can walk among the collection while a docent explains the rich history of light rail in the Pittsburgh area.
While the museum is located in an industrial park like setting there is a wonderful little picnic grove where you can have lunch while the trolleys clang by.
The museum also hosts a number of special events throughout the year including classic car and truck shows and a wonderful Santa Trolley ride at Christmastime that is a must do with the kids for the holiday season.
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is a 30 minute drive from Pittsburgh that will take you 50 years back in time…to a time when transit might not have been so rapid but a streetcar ride to Forbes Field on a lazy Sunday was an experience never to be forgotten.
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is located at 1 Museum Road Washington PA 15301