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:
Planting has started along the Greenway next to the Loop Trolley!
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 Stops along DeBaliviere now have seats!
It is interesting to see the Loop Trolley development as it has progressed, and to see how the parts all fit together. When they put down the tracks along DeBaliviere, there was one section, near the junction with Pershing, that was not completed – everything else was down and cemented, but not that part. Now we can see that this is to be an area where there is a cross over, where the single track is divided so that trolleys can pass.
Next, I assume, will be the tracks across Pershing itself!
New topsoil is being delivered and raked into place along DeBaliviere, and so the plants can’t be far behind, can they? When I interviewed Joe Edwards a while ago he was telling me about the plans for the new planting along here, and it will be fun to see how it turns out!