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Guided Tours on 100th Birthday Feb. 25 of Interurban Trolley (Car 25) at Intermodal Transportation Ctr.

On Monday, Feb. 25, from noon to 4 p.m. , The T will mark the 100th anniversary of the original Interurban trolley (Car 25) with guided public tours of the trolley inside and out, at the downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) where the restored trolley has been on display since the ITC officially opened in 2001. The trolley is gated and usually locked so that the inside can only be partially viewed from a distance.  A 100th Anniversary banner also will be hung.  Additional tour dates and times will take place in the weeks to come and posted on The T’s website and Facebook.  More details in news release below.

News Release from The T (the Fort Worth Transportation Authority)
Contacts: Joan Hunter: jhunter@the-t.com; 817-215-8973; 817-455-4110;
Claire Bloxom; 817-336-6824 clairebloxom@concussion.net

THE T CELEBRATING 100th ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC INTERURBAN TROLLEY FEB. 25
In honor of the milestone, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority will provide tours of the historic interurban trolley – Car 25  – on permanent display at the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (February 22, 2013) – Monday, February 25, will mark the 100th anniversary of the original Interurban Trolley (Car 25) that ran the rails between Fort Worth and Dallas between 1913 and 1934. Car 25 was donated in 1995 to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) which restored it with the help of volunteers, and it has been on permanent display at the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), located at 1001 Jones Street in downtown Fort Worth, since 2001.

In honor of the milestone, The T will provide the public with guided tours of its interior between noon-4 p.m. on Monday, February 25th, with additional tour dates and times taking place on the weeks following. Car 25 is usually locked and the inside viewable only partially to spectators from a distance.

Car 25 was built in 1913 by the St. Louis Car Company based in St. Louis, Missouri, on special order from Fort Worth-based Northern Texas Traction Company, its original owner and operator. It served as the “traction” car in a two-car, high-speed interurban train that traveled between Fort Worth and Dallas known as The Crimson Limited. The last interurban train ran on Christmas Eve in 1934. After the close-down of the interurban rail service to Dallas in 1934, Car 25 was sold to a private party and moved to a farm bordering on Eagle Mountain Lake, where it was connected with two other cars in a “U” configuration and served as a family residence for many years.

In 1995, the usefulness of the three cars as a residence had expired. Its owner was aware of the historical value of Car 25 and sought out new owners who would preserve and restore the historical icon. Consequently, The T accepted the Car 25 donation and relocated it to downtown Fort Worth to begin the restoration process, dedicating two employees, a host of volunteers, and a $220,000 federal historical matching grant.

Post-restoration, Car 25 contains its original stained glass windows, inlaid mahogany paneling, and two passenger compartments -- a ladies compartment with wool seats in the front, and a smoking compartment with leather seats in the rear.

The Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) is home to The T's largest bus transfer center, its Molly the Trolley and Trinity Railway Express commuter rail services, and its Customer Service Office. It also provides access to taxi and regional and national Amtrak Passenger Train and Greyhound Bus services.