“Trolley Madness”: The Class 1 Streetcars in the Press

A Class 1 streetcar gets some restoration

San Diego Uptown News recently profiled the Class 1s in an article about the future of streetcar transportation in San Diego. We think it sheds some light on the complexity of this project — particularly the curious reluctance of MTS and the city of San Diego to get fully behind these important pieces of San Diego’s history and the difficulty of finding funding in these difficulty economic times — and also demonstrates how they are in fact a unique and invaluable project for our city. Read the article for yourself here.

Thanks to Lauren Ventura for coming out and doing the story!

Parade Success!

Last weekend, Class 1 Streetcar #138 brightened up the streets of San Diego in the North Park Toyland Holiday Parade! Looking refreshed and renewed after some timely restoration, this streetcar cruised down University Ave. on Dec. 4th, 2010, following a route it would have actually run on nearly 100 years ago. Crowds were awed, to the say the least, and you could hear different people talking about the historic wonder as you walked up and down the parade route. Later that evening it made similar waves over in the Ocean Beach Holiday Parade.

Class 1 #138 also made an appearance in the La Jolla Christmas Parade on Dec. 5th, traveling down Girard Ave. and Prospect St., carrying the parade’s Youth Marshalls, much to their delight. Another fun and successful day of educating the public about these historic San Diego treasures. Take a peak at some great video footage down below.