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Welcome to Petaluma Trolley
Petaluma Trolley is a non-profit Living History Railway Museum, and an organization of volunteers who celebrate Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad history and Petaluma's cultural, historical and economic dependence on its river, rail commerce and development . Our preservation efforts include the restoration of P&SR equipment, with their history revealed and exhibited. Our current major focus is the restoration of Petaluma's iconic Water Street Trestle.  Restored, it would add 12,000  to 20,000  square feet of downtown Historic Park, which  would be open all year round and would facilitate innumerable cultural and river events.

This is the 500 foot Trestle which has come to symbolize Petaluma’s unique identity and charm at the center of our town and history, as shown HERE.

SAVE THE TRESTLE! Residents of Petaluama and beyond have come together in support of the preservation efforts currently being implemented to restore the riverfront trestle to its former and future glory. Learn more about our ongoing efforts to save this precious part of Petaluma's history.   Photo below by ScottHessPhoto.com.

Save the Petaluma Trestle!


What The Trolley Was
The Petaluma Trolley was the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad (P&SR). Few people today remember what an important piece of history the P&SR is to Petaluma. Built in 1904, it provided inter-urban passenger and freight transportation connecting with their own and operated stern-wheel steamers, creating a direct link between the booming agricultural and commercial interests of Sonoma County and the San Francisco thru Petaluma. The P&SR was the only combination passenger and freight electric interurban railroad in North America. The Trolley competed with steam engines using the high tech cutting edge technology: electricity. Workers were known as "the electric men."

Click here for a short history of the P&SR RR, excerpted from Allen Tacy's remarkably thorough and engaging treatise.


Restored P&SR Cars
 Will be a beautiful visual connection to Petaluma’s historic identity. The picture at the top-right of this home page is an original Petaluma and Santa Rosa #63. These cars are the fine examples of the height of American craftsmanship. The interior looked like captains cabins and riders feel like they are in rolling chariots. The #63 was restored by the Western Railway Museum and is their pride and joy. We are working having our own.

What /we Need To Do
Petaluma’s downtown is an intact historic destination with some major features at risk of being lost by neglect. This is particularly tragic because it is not only unnecessary but it is bad for the our historic identity as well as the draw needed for our downtown economy as a pedestrian- friendly, truly historic destination. Help us love and save some of our most historic features. Please join us and become aware of what is being planned.

Thank you!

 

 
 
Petaluma Trolley Living History Railway Museum   110 Baylis Street  Petaluma, CA   (707) 778-7878   info@petalumatrolley.org   www.petalumatrolley.org