National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville

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The National Capital Trolley Museum is a non-profit organization that operates historic trolleys for the public on a regular schedule. It is located at 1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville, Maryland USA.HistoryNCTM was incorporated in 1959 as the National Capital Historical Museum of Transportation. Progress was slow at first, but the Museum eventually combined efforts and streetcar collections with a group from Baltimore. The organization found its first home in Robert E. Lee Park at Lake Roland in Baltimore, Maryland. After efforts were thwarted by adjacent property owners, the group divided the collections in 1966. National Capital Trolley Museum moved to its present site in suburban Washington, DC, while the Baltimore Streetcar Museum was formed to focus on Baltimore transit. NCTM's original intention was to operate streetcars owned by DC Transit president O. Roy Chalk, but it was not until 1970 that Chalk donated several historic Washington streetcars. In the interim, the museum acquired a small fleet of European trams and a car from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.NCTM ran its first streetcar in October 1969, and since then the museum has operated consistently over its one-mile line.In the winter of 2008–2009, the Museum moved into three new buildings: a visitors' center, a display building for the streetcars, and a streetcar storage-and-maintenance building. Construction of the Intercounty Connector, (ICC) which crosses the Museum's former location, required the Museum to shift locations in the Park. The Museum reopened on Saturday, January 16, 2010.
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  • Small Wondrous Gem! Admission includes all (unlimited trolley car rides) Museum: Conductor gives brief history and there for ?'s; self-guided, excellent history display, real trolley car layout (inter...  more »
  • Sadly, they had a careless fire about a decade ago that destroyed almost everything they had. They've be rebuilding since, but its tough to get contributions when past efforts have gone up in smoke.  more »
  • It is such a interesting museum. Saddened when the first museum burned down but this one SO much better. Parking, displays and trolleys are really better. To get to ride on their trolleys is the best ...  more »
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  • I thought this place would be small and boring but wow was I ever surprised. We had people in our group ages 2 to 67 and all of us were very impressed with the staff, displays and rides. They have many displays, a barn with quite a few trolleys and a couple of miles of track where you can ride different trolleys from different eras. For a small fee we all had a blast. Many in our group remembered the street cars in DC in the 50s and early 60s. They have one of those in the barn with many photos of the old DC system on the walls. What childhood memories we shared! There are funny trolley videos to watch also to add to the fun.
  • Small place, but very nice. We did the trolley ride 3 times (unlimited rides) and saw deer, turkeys, and a fox. The silent films were funny. Run by friendly volunteers. Great if you have a spare hour.
  • Small museum but packed with information. Rode the trolley 3 times with my grandsons, ages 10 to 5. They all really enjoyed the museum.
  • Very nice little museum. It is limited, especially for very young kids, but I thought still fun. I'm thinking about going when Santa in on the trolleys. Someone mentioned rude staff... and I almost certainly know who they are talking about! One sour-puss guy does work they. But, something worth sharing is that all the conductors and rail maintenance staff are volunteers. 100% doing this out of the the joy of the job. They even have to buy their own uniform. There's one guy that actually greases the rails manually by walking along the track and using some applicator tool.
  • If you're into trolleys, this is your Nirvana. If not, it's mildly informative. You get a ride in a trolley as part of it.

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