|Transit type||Heritage streetcar, seasonal|
|Number of lines||1|
|Number of stations||7|
|Website||Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley|
|Began operation||July 15 2000 |
|Ended operation||September 1 2018  (last service) |
2019 (official termination)
|System length||2 km (1.2 mi)|
|Track gauge||3 ft (914 mm)|
The line used a single reconditioned trolley which carried tourists along Whitehorse's waterfront along the Yukon River. It ran from the Rotary Peace Park, located on the south end of the city centre, up to the Roundhouse.
The trolley was first put into operation in 2000. The electricity to power its electric motors comes not from overhead trolley wires, but instead from a diesel generator. The car ran each year from July to September.
Car 531 details
|Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley|
|In service||1925-1973 in Lisbon;|
|Manufacturer||Santo Amaro Works of Lisbon electric tramways, Portugal using kits from the J. G. Brill Company, Philadelphia|
|Maximum speed||74 km/h (46 mph)|
|Weight||10 t (11.0 short tons; 9.8 long tons)|
|Prime mover(s)||? on the generator car|
|Traction motors||4 x General Electric|
|Power output||4 x 25 hp (19 kW)|
|Electric system(s)||600 V DC from a diesel generator |
(originally 550 V DC trolley wires on the Lisbon electric tramways)
|Current collection method||jumper cable|
|Track gauge||3 ft (914 mm) |
(originally 900 mm or 2 ft 11+7⁄16 in on the Lisbon electric tramways)
The car originally served the trolley/streetcar system of Lisbon, Portugal, from 1925 to 1978. In 1978 it was sold by CCFL to a railway museum in Duluth. It was sold to Whitehorse in 1999 and restored by Historic Railway Restoration of Arlington, WA.
The trolley is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge vehicle, and ran on the track built for the White Pass and Yukon Route. It has a capacity of 24 passengers. This single-truck (2-axle or 4-wheel), double-ended trolley car was previously owned by Lake Superior Railroad Museum, which still owns sister car 530, and both cars were originally used by Companhia de Carris de Ferro de Lisboa (Carris) in Lisbon, Portugal.
- Spook Creek (Not in use in 2018)
- Jarvis Street (Not in use in 2018)
- Library and Cultural Centre (Request only) (Not in use in 2018)
- Trolley Roundhouse
- White Pass
- Visitor Information Centre
- Rotary Park
Until 2018, it ran daily from noon until four o'clock. A complete trip, viewing all stations, took approximately 15 minutes. The car is stored in a roundhouse/train shed at 1127 First Avenue (end of Wood Street).
Cancellation of service
While repairs to the track aimed to have service resumed by mid-summer 2018, it was announced the trolley would not operate in the 2018 season. In April of 2018, the Yukon Government announced they would cease funding the trolley due to its financial burden. Shortly after, in June of 2019, track infrastructure was still deteriorating and considered a hazard. One month later, near the end of July 2019, tracks in several areas were lifted.
- MacBride Museum
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- "The Whitehorse Trolley". Explore North. September 13, 2000. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2010-11-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Whitehorse waterfront trolley on track to reopen next month". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "The little Whitehorse trolley that can't... this summer". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "End of the line for Whitehorse trolley, as government funding dries up". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "Rotten trolley crossings are safety hazard, says Whitehorse councillor". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "Parts of Whitehorse's trolley tracks are being removed". Yukon News. Black Press. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley
- Historic Railway Restoration - Yukon[dead link]
- Page with photos at ExploreNorth. September 2000.