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Trolley Web site up and rolling

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen’s antique trolley cars, and the campaign to put them to use, are now the focus of a Web site.

Information on the history of the cars, the projected cost of running a trolley system and restoring the cars are all detailed at http://www.aspentrolley.com. So is the route of the trolley line envisioned by members of the Aspen Street Railway Co., who are lobbying the City Council to let Aspen voters determine the fate of the cars.

Two individuals, Nick De Wolf and Kip Wheeler, offered to design the Web site, according to railway group member Jon Busch.

The site also includes links to other historic trolley operations and companies that restore trolley cars.

“You could spend a whole night just surfing from aspentrolley.com,” Busch said.

The site also encourages local residents who support use of the cars in Aspen to attend the City Council’s June 3 work session. Council members are slated to debate whether to put a trolley proposal of some sort before city voters in November.

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The railway group would like to see the Galena Street Shuttle replaced with a trolley line, using the six historic cars it imported from Lisbon, Spain, more than two decades ago.

If the council agrees next week to move forward with a ballot question, Busch said his group hopes to have one of the cars restored and put on display in town. A donor is willing to give the group a grant to fix up one of the trolleys, he said. The car’s mechanical parts won’t be in working order, but the exterior would be refurbished.

“We want people to see what they can look like,” Busch said.

The Web site indicates the railway group would like to put the cosmetically restored car on a flatbed truck and enter it as a float in Aspen’s July 4 parade, but Busch said there isn’t time to have a car ready by then.

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