Delmar Loop Expected to Receive Vintage Trolleys From Oregon

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – If everything goes as planned, St. Louis and the Loop Trolley District will receive two vintage trolleys this week.

On Wednesday night, the plan to lease two trolleys for ten years to the tune of $80,000 is expected to get final approval in Portland, Oregon.

“The ones you’re getting are in the best shape,” said Bill Failing, President of Vintage Trolley Inc., a non-profit company which owns four vintage trolleys in Portland.

The trolleys are about twenty-years-old but designed to look like the 1903 Brill Streetcar which ran in Portland for the first half of the 20th century.

Failing said the trolley’s interior is all wooden with rattan reversible seats. He estimates each trolley should hold about 40 passengers, 36 comfortably. There is also room for about 30 standees.

Failing admits, however, that the trolleys St. Louis is expected to receive have not run on a regular basis for about 15 years. Currently they are brought out about eight days a year on holidays and weekends.

He doesn’t believe that will cause any problems for developers of the vintage streetcar line here.

“The irony of it is we always thought of St. Louis as the jump off spot for Lewis and Clark. And here we’re sending things from Portland to St. Louis now, so we’ve reversed the process,” said Failing.

Despite getting the green light, a lawsuit filed in October could tie up the loop trolley project in court for a long time.

The Loop Trolley District is seeking to build a streetcar line between the Delmar Loop and the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.

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