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.

...heavy duty tar placed as a part of a 1930's "modernization" is heated with a heat gun and carefully scraped away to reveal intricate woodwork and more stained glass not seen in about seven decades.

Here is one of the 56 windows currently having the last layers of paint removed.

August 11, 2007

August 10, 2007

Two motors for PCC 2743 just overhauled by our friends at Huntingdon Electric Motor Service have returned to the museum for future reinstallation and are unloaded using out trusty Bobcat loader. The trolley's other too motors will follow the first pair soon.

Photo: Joel S.

July 7, 2007

Volunteers have resumed working on the exterior of Car 315, the museum's interurban from Illinois, to permit the reinstallation of the original arched stained glass windows.

Photos: Joel S.

July 7, 2007

July 7, 2007

June 9, 2007

Members and guests gathered to celebrate the conclusion of the comprehensive restoration work that has turned Johnstown Traction Company 355 into a museum showpiece.

JTC 355 poses with the antique cars that gathered for the special occasion.

Photos: Chuck K

Miss Pennsylvania, Emily Wills, breaks a ceremonial bottle of Champaign to mark the end of the three decade restoration and officially release the car into public service for the first time since June 11, 1960.

June 9, 2007

June 9, 2007

March 30, 2007

With it coming to an end, it is fitting to look back at where this project was exactly two years ago.

Photo: Joel S