This Place Matters! March 2014 photo shoot | Southern Sonoma Country Life
You will find herein, the past, the future and work being done in the present to bring back to life one of Petaluma's most beautiful assets. The Petaluma Trolley is an organization of volunteers who are, for many different and personal reasons, working to ensure that trolley service be restored to the Petaluma waterfront, and that these antique treasures are protected, restored and exhibited in a Living Museum.
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 interurban passenger transportation and, using two railroad owned stern-wheel steamers, created a direct link between the booming agricultural and commercial interests of Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay Area. The P&SR was the only electric interurban passenger and freight railroad in Sonoma County.
The Petaluma Trolley will not only be a heritage preservation tribute to the City of Petaluma, but a beautiful visual attraction for its National Historic Downtown District.
The proposed connections of the Trolley, from the Waterfront Warehouse District, through the Historic Downtown and North Water Street developments, past numerous retirement facilities, to the Petaluma Premium Factory Outlets Mall, and to SMART’s two regional passenger railway stations, will enhance the utility of the trolley and make SMART more accessible to Petaluma residents, particularly the economically disadvantaged and the elderly.
“Phases” are steps in operational development of the Heritage Trolley Service. Each phase represents a heightened level of presentation to the public of historic Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad assets, artifacts, arts and traditions. Six phases are contemplated. The “Construction Zones” are specific sections of track, right-of-way or bridges that need individual or unique treatment in design, construction or repair. For the most part, each “Zone” could be accomplished separately from the other “Zones”. There are 14 zones shown on the Construction Zones Map. Importantly, “Phases” and “Construction Zones” do not have to be integrated in order for the system to begin working.
PHASE ONE GRANT APPROVED!
On October 21, 2010, the Coastal Conservancy approved a grant for $475,000 to implement the plans for reconstruction of the trestle along the Petaluma riverfront - the trestle uopn which the Petaluma Trolley will ride once more!