PRINTER'S NO.  575

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE BILL

 

No.

591

Session of

2011

  

  

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  

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Designating the Johnstown Traction Company's Car Number 355 as

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the official State trolley of the Commonwealth.

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The General Assembly finds and declares as follows:

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(1)  At its peak in 1918, trolley transportation was the

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fifth largest industry in the United States. Although its era

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may appear to be over, the trolley has come full circle in

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many respects. Today trolleys still operate in several major

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cities in America. Heritage trolley lines, using trolleys

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patterned like older cars, have been built and now operate in

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some cities. In addition, several cities, which had trolleys

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but abandoned their systems years ago, are now building new

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systems.

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(2)  Johnstown Traction Company's Car Number 355 was

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built by St. Louis Car Company in 1925 as part of an order

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for five single-ended cars for the Johnstown Traction

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Company. Following several years of service, Johnstown

 


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Traction Company found a greater need for double-ended cars.

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Accordingly, Car 355 of the 1925 order was modified in the

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company shops for double-ended operation.

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(3)  Car 355 was the latest trolley to enter the Rockhill

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Trolley Museum in Rockhill Furnace, Huntingdon County,

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Pennsylvania. This trolley operated in Johnstown until 1960

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and has undergone a restoration totaling more than $300,000

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and represents the typical 1920s era trolley found in many

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cities and towns.

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(4)  Car 355 is the most completely restored car at the

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Rockhill Trolley Museum. Few cars at any museum have ever

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been rebuilt to the extent of Car 355. Restoration of Car 355

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dramatically changed with the receipt of a Federal

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Transportation Enhancement grant for much of the remaining

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restoration work in 2000. The project was awarded to Lyons

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Industries in Ebensburg, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

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(5)  Car 355 helps fulfill the Rockhill Trolley Museum's

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educational mission through the remarkable story it tells to

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visitors. The car represents the apex, decline and rebirth of

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trolley cars in Pennsylvania.

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(6)  Car 355 was one of a handful of older cars still

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available for service on the last day of streetcar service in

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Johnstown on June 11, 1960. Today it is one of only two cars

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that remain of those that operated in Johnstown on the last

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day of service.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1.  Official State trolley.

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The Johnstown Traction Company's Car Number 355 is hereby

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selected, designated and adopted as the official State trolley

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of the Commonwealth.

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Section 2.  Effective date.

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This act shall take effect immediately.

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