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.
No sooner had I posted my pics from the DeBaliviere/Delmar corner, than I heard some exciting Loop Trolley news – 2 trolley cars have arrived in St Louis!!
The vintage trolley cars are from the George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line in Seattle, Washington, and a third one is currently in Iowa being made ready for service here. They are in a Metro train yard at the moment, so we can’t get to see them up close, but someone managed to find a photo opportunity!
The Trolleys are due to be transported over to the Trolley Shed at some point, and you can be sure I’ll be do my best to be there when it happens!
Today marked a big milestone in the Delmar Loop Trolley development, with the opening of the new DeBaliviere bridge over the Metrolink, 3 weeks ahead of schedule!
Joe Edwards was the first to cross the bridge going south, and as we witnessed this historic moment he was closely followed by other traffic as the hard working builders removed the remaining barricades. By the time Joe did the loop and returned, the bridge was back in business.
As Joe said, DeBaliviere has already been transformed, and it’s only half completed!
Joe Edwards drives the first vehicle over the new DeBaliviere bridge.
Joe Edwards drives the first car over the new DeBaliviere bridge.
As workers remove the final barriers, traffic starts to flow again