Phoenix Trolley Museum
The Arizona Street Railway Museum, also known as the Phoenix Trolley Museum, is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation based in downtown Phoenix. Incorporated in 1977, ASRM is devoted to the acquisition, restoration, exhibit, and interpretation of historic streetcars, and specifically Phoenix’s streetcar system. ASRM’s museum and workshop are currently located on the grounds of the Ellis-Shackelford House at 1242 N. Central Avenue, bordering the north side of Hance (“Deck”) Park. The group currently owns and restores 2 historic streetcars, including the mostly-restored “#116,” a Brill Safety Car that was part of Phoenix’s streetcar fleet after 1928. The museum’s facilities include a small exhibit space inside the former Shackelford dental office building, a “trolley shed” used as a workshop that appears roughly like an original corrugated metal Phoenix trolley shed, and a short length of track (approximately 100 feet) that allows the streetcars to be moved out of the shed for occasional display and interpretation. For more information, see the Phoenix Trolley Museum website.
ASRM has desired for years to expand their operation and operate their restored streetcars in an appropriate setting. One recent proposal has been to lay track alongside Hance Park on the shoulder of Culver Street for a block or so. The group has also considered relocating to Papago Park. None of these dreams has come to fruition due to lack of funding.
The City of Phoenix, who owns the Ellis-Shackelford House property, has put the museum on notice that they must relocate to accommodate the pending rehabilitation of Hance Park. For now, the museum's lease runs through September 2017 but the group could be homeless after that date.
The Grand Avenue Rail Project could relocate the museum to Grand Avenue in the first phase of the project. A site has been identified and has been acquired and held by a GARP supporter while funds are being raised. The site would be adequate for a new museum location in the rehabilitated historic house and a new trolley barn. The Grand Avenue location could be a good location for the museum, since the trolley might be run on the historic Grand Avenue trolley route, which was active from the 1890s through 1937. The Grand Avenue location could provide the Trolley Museum with the opportunity for stable operation for the future while enhancing the Grand Avenue business community and surrounding neighborhoods.
Potential future site of the Phoenix Trolley Museum on Grand Avenue
The Grand Avenue Rail Project - Phoenix, Arizona
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