Car Preservation & Restoration

Here are some images of our car acquisition, preservation and restoration activities. Choose different cars from the drop-down list to see a particular car's restoration photos. Most of the time, clicking on an image will result in a larger version being displayed.



June 5, 2006



May 29, 2006

Work continues intermittently on repairs to Johnstown 311's steelwork. New window sill stock fabricated by Miller Welding Service of State College was custom fit and welded and bolted into place. That completes steelwork on the one corner of the car which was bulging badly.

New sill sections have been fit around uprights and MIG welded together.



May 29, 2006



May 15, 2006

With its raccoon disguise removed, a trolley car at Lyons Industries in Ebensburg suddenly looks remarkably like a restored Johnstown trolley car. No doubt about it; JTC 355 will be the finest looking piece in our collection, and put several of our 'operating' cars to shame.

We hereby rescind previous comparisons to raccoons and skunks. It's now a sharp-looking trolley car.

Photos: T Prowell



May 15, 2006



May 8, 2006

Just kidding, although it sort of looks that way. In reality, exterior painting of Johnstown 355 is underway at the contractor, Lyons Industries of Ebensburg, bringing the car a substantial step closer to looking like a real, restored trolley car.

A side view shows the bright 'Omaha orange' which will adorn 355.

Photos: T Prowell



May 8, 2006



April 29, 2006

When time permits, a volunteer has been fitting new steel window sills into one corner of Johnstown 311 which was badly damaged by corrosion. Material and fabrication are being generously donated by Miller Welding Service of State College.

Meticulously manicured metal is test fit onto 84 year old JTC 311.



April 9, 2006

You keep hearing about Johnstown 355. Now that the weather is warm, we are back at work on Johnstown 311, the car which is in our own shop for repairs. Perhaps we will name 2006, "The Year of Johnstown Trolleys".

A volunteer uses a hefty air chisel to remove badly corroded window sills from 311.



April 6, 2006

With recent progress by the contract restoration shop, our Johnstown 355 is beginning to look distinctly trolley-like again.

The reconstructed sloping dash gleams as workers discuss progress on the car.

Photos: T Prowell

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