Trolley # 1 is ready to roll, and is due to start testing within the next 2 weeks. Testing will, we were told today, first be the trolley being pulled/pushed along the route to test clearances and basic safety. Following that, power will be applied and the trolleys themselves will be tested, at first slowly, then at full operating speeds – 25 mph! All the switches and signals will also be tested, and the trolleys will complete 300 miles of live testing before being open to the public – so we can expect to get familiar with the clang, clang, clang of the trolley very soon!
Today’s press conference was my first opportunity to actually get onto a Trolley, and the inside is really smart. I was interested to see that the seat backs move back and forward, so one can face in either direction. Participating in the today’s event were, among others, Joe Edwards, U City Mayor Shelley Welsch, Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, Alderman Frank Watson, along with Loop Trolley personnel and interested parties from the Loop, Forest Park Forever, and Skinker DeBaliviere.
The Delmar Loop Trolley construction continues to give us unusual views of infrastructure that we’d not normally see.
This junction will soon be covered with concrete, but until then we are able to see the inner workings of the track.
Junction of DeBaliviere and Delmar:
Work has started on preparing for the final piece of track for the Delmar Loop Trolley, at the junction of Pershing and DeBaliviere.
The Trolley power cable at the DeBaliviere.Delmar junction is up!
(It’s harder to take pictures of wires against the sky than you would imagine!)
Where Delmar goes over the Metrolink at Des Peres the Trolley Route goes from two tracks to one (or one track to two if you are traveling west). It looks like there is just some final concrete pouring to do, then this section will be complete.
As I walked along Delmar the other day, I happened to spot that they were putting up the power cable near the junction of Delmar and Hamilton. What a big roll of wire!
The Trolley Shed for the Delmar Loop Trolley is getting nearer completion every day, as work continues on the tracks that will take the trolleys to the workshop.