MISSION – HISTORY – PURPOSE – VOLUNTEERING
Old Pueblo Trolley is a volunteer, non-profit corporation founded in 1983 to “Bring Back the Trolley” that once connected downtown with the university. With that as the first goal, volunteers installed track and overhead electric line, and restored and operated trolleys for over 18 years until the City removed the infrastructure for construction of their modern streetcar.
The initial purpose of the organization (see below) was much broader. Thus in the intervening years the organization has evolved into three divisions. The Street Railway Division restores and operates the trolleys, and currently is working with the city on plans to once again operate them along with the modern streetcars. The Motor Bus Division preserves, restores and someday hopes to operate transit buses used in Arizona cities. The Museum Division operates the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum located at the historic Southern Pacific Railroad depot where Locomotive 1673 is on display.
To organize a transportation museum, to acquire and restore railroad and street railway cars, transit and other transportation vehicles and equipment of any nature and description which either presently has or may in the future have historical significance or be of historical interest and to further display and/or operate all such equipment for the charitable and educational benefit, use and enjoyment of the public. To organize and operate a transportation system including, hiring employees, scheduling and operating vehicles and any other such management activities.
If you are interested in volunteering, you can do any one of the following:
1. Fill out the Volunteer Application
2. Request a volunteer application by mail at P. O. Box 1373, Tucson, Arizona 85702
3. Call Gene Caywood at (520) 360-0268.
Volunteers are needed as docents at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, and to do restoration and preservation work of all types at the Street Railway and Motor Bus divisions.