THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY FLECK, BENNINGHOFF, CALTAGIRONE, D. COSTA, DENLINGER, GABLER, GEIST, GEORGE, GILLEN, HARHART, HARRIS, HESS, KNOWLES, KULA, MAJOR, MILLARD, MURT, PICKETT, READSHAW, REICHLEY, ROCK, STERN, SWANGER AND VULAKOVICH, FEBRUARY 10, 2011
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, FEBRUARY 10, 2011
Designating the Johnstown Traction Company's Car Number 355 as
the official State trolley of the Commonwealth.
The General Assembly finds and declares as follows:
(1) At its peak in 1918, trolley transportation was the
fifth largest industry in the United States. Although its era
may appear to be over, the trolley has come full circle in
many respects. Today trolleys still operate in several major
cities in America. Heritage trolley lines, using trolleys
patterned like older cars, have been built and now operate in
some cities. In addition, several cities, which had trolleys
but abandoned their systems years ago, are now building new
(2) Johnstown Traction Company's Car Number 355 was
built by St. Louis Car Company in 1925 as part of an order
for five single-ended cars for the Johnstown Traction
Company. Following several years of service, Johnstown
Traction Company found a greater need for double-ended cars.
Accordingly, Car 355 of the 1925 order was modified in the
company shops for double-ended operation.
(3) Car 355 was the latest trolley to enter the Rockhill
Trolley Museum in Rockhill Furnace, Huntingdon County,
Pennsylvania. This trolley operated in Johnstown until 1960
and has undergone a restoration totaling more than $300,000
and represents the typical 1920s era trolley found in many
cities and towns.
(4) Car 355 is the most completely restored car at the
Rockhill Trolley Museum. Few cars at any museum have ever
been rebuilt to the extent of Car 355. Restoration of Car 355
dramatically changed with the receipt of a Federal
Transportation Enhancement grant for much of the remaining
restoration work in 2000. The project was awarded to Lyons
Industries in Ebensburg, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
(5) Car 355 helps fulfill the Rockhill Trolley Museum's
educational mission through the remarkable story it tells to
visitors. The car represents the apex, decline and rebirth of
trolley cars in Pennsylvania.
(6) Car 355 was one of a handful of older cars still
available for service on the last day of streetcar service in
Johnstown on June 11, 1960. Today it is one of only two cars
that remain of those that operated in Johnstown on the last
day of service.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Official State trolley.
The Johnstown Traction Company's Car Number 355 is hereby
selected, designated and adopted as the official State trolley
of the Commonwealth.
Section 2. Effective date.
This act shall take effect immediately.