Restoring Arvada's .04 Trolley

Trolley Photo

Happening Now

The construction documents and plans are in the process of being prepared by the City's consultant. Once complete, they will go through the City's plans review process.

Project Overview

The City of Arvada has embarked upon the restoration (made possible by a generous grant from History Colorado's State Historical Fund) of an important piece of Arvada's transportation history: the .04 Trolley. With the support of History Colorado and the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority, the trolley will be making its way back to Olde Town.

Trolley Restoration

In 2019, the City issued a competitive RFP to find the best restoration specialists. Empire Carpentry and Wasach Railroad Contractors were selected, and the trolley was moved to a specialized railcar restoration facility outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming. As of May, the finishing touches of restoration are taking place with interior finishes and a final coat of paint happening next. The trolley is now fully restored.

Trolley Placement

The City is currently working with the landscape architects Britina Design to create a unique trolley park adjacent to the G Line tracks along Grandview Avenue. Preliminary designs include a small plaza, landscaping, and pavilion to feature and protect the trolley. Design plans are being reviewed by the City. 

Trolley Background

The Denver Metro Area once had an extensive electric rail transit system that included over 250 miles of city tracks and 40 miles of interurban lines. The Denver Tramway Company Streetcar Number .04, constructed in 1911, served Arvada, Golden, and the former city of Leyden for nearly 50 years and played an integral economic role in the development of these communities. It was the very last car to operate on the metro-area streetcar system before it was shut down in 1950. For several decades it sat in a storage lot falling into disrepair. In 2014, it was added to the Colorado Most Endangered Places List by Colorado Preservation, Inc.

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