Historic Sheridan Trolley Awaits Repairs

Sheridan's historic trolley awaits evaluation and repairs. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sheridan's historic trolley awaits evaluation and repairs. (Photo by Pat Blair)

A piece of Sheridan's history has embarked on a new journey. Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair has the story.


The historic Sheridan trolley that's sat on the county museum grounds for several years has been moved to a site on Higby Road for assessment, repairs and refurbishment. And when the work is done, the vehicle will be moved to a new site, to be determined by Sheridan's North Main Street Association. I talked recently with Museum Director John Woodward, starting with the repairs that need to be done and how much they'll cost.

He said the trolley will not be coming back to the museum.

The trolley, officially Sheridan Railway & Light Company Trolley 115, has been on the county museum grounds since 2007. Sheridan's trolley service started in 1911 in the city, then was expanded by a line to Fort Mackenzie, now the Sheridan VA Medical Center, and interurban service north to Monarch. Due to declining ridership and increased automobile ownership, service along the three lines ended in the 1920s. Woodward explained how Trolley 115 was rescued.

He said those who restored the trolley in 1976 did the best job they could, but work was based on photos and memory, and the car wasn't restored entirely to its original condition. He said fundraising for repairs to the vehicle will be done by the North Main association.

View more photos below.

Another view of the trolley on Higby Road. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another view of the trolley on Higby Road. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Only trolley wheels and plaque remain at the museum site. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Only trolley wheels and plaque remain at the museum site. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Close-up of the plaque. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Close-up of the plaque. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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