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Not all vintage trolley proposals are successful. Sometimes local politics present obstacles to implementation. Aspen provides an interesting case study, it owned six trolley cars for twenty years but a successful plan never coalesced. Happily, the trolley cars have gone to good homes. 

The City of Aspen for many years owned six narrow-gauge trolleys imported from Libson. Numerous proposals were aired over the years to establish a Vintage Trolley operation in the city. In 2001, the City Council acted to sell the cars, which had remained stored since their arrival in 1982. The move to dispose of the cars coalesced a local group into updating its proposal to restore the cars and create a half-mile operation in the City's downtown area. The non-profit Aspen Street Railway Company created a web site to detail their plans for the line.

The group succeeded in getting a proposal on the November 2002 city ballot. The measure asked Aspen voters to grant rights-of-way for the proposed trolley line. Unfortunately, the ballot referendum failed by a 1,314 to 1,148 margin. 

Following the election, the City of Aspen donated the six cars to new homes. Two cars went to Issaquah Washington, two cars to Tucson, Arizona, and two cars to Wanganui, New Zeland. The entire saga was well covered in the Aspen Times, and the following story links remain functional as of February 2003.   

June 4, 2002: Trolleys Inch Closer to a Vote

July 2, 2002: Trolley Question Needs More Work

July 25, 2002: Editorial from ASRC

August 13, 2002: City OK's November Trolley Question

August 22, 2002: Trolleys a Hit, in Dallas, Anyway

November 22, 2002 "Next Stop Issaquah"

December 17, 2002: Trolleys Still Taking Up Citiy's Time

January 13 2003, Trolleys Head to New Homes



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Cars in storage



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Aspen page on the APTA Heritage Trolley web site


This page was last updated on 02/14/03


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