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Restoring Arvada's .04 Trolley

Project Overview

The City of Arvada has embarked upon the restoration (made possible by a generous grant from History Colorado’s State Historical Fund) of an important piece of Arvada's transportation history--the .04 Trolley. With the support of History Colorado and the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority, the trolley will be making its way back to Olde Town in late 2021.

Trolley Restoration

In 2019, the City issued a competitive RFP to find the best restoration specialists. Empire Carpentry and Wasach Railroad Contrac.04 Trolleytors were selected, and the trolley was moved to a specialized railcar restoration facility outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming. As of May, the finishing touches of restoration are taking place with interior finishes and a final coat of paint happening next. The trolley is expected to be fully restored by the end of May.

Trolley Placement

The City is currently working with the landscape architects Britina Design to create a unique trolley park adjacent to the G Line tracks at Grandview Avenue and Saulsbury Street. Community engagement helped inform the permanent, interpretive historical display through a Speak Up Arvada survy and an online public meeting in February. In the coming months, Britina Design will create a final design based on community feedback with ground breaking expected to take place in fall 2021. 

Trolley Background

The Denver Metro Area once had an extensive electric rail transit system that included over 250 miles of city tracks and 40 miles of interurban lines. The Denver Tramway Company Streetcar #.04, constructed in 1911, served Arvada, Golden, and the former city of Leyden for nearly 50 years and played an integral economic role in the development of these communities. It was the very last car to operate on the metro-area streetcar system before it was shut down in 1950. For several decades it sat in a storage lot falling into disrepair. In 2014, it was added to the Colorado Most Endangered Places List by Colorado Preservation, Inc.

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