Construction Of Tampa, Florida, Replica Birney Trolleys

From mid-1999 through the beginning of the year 2000, Gomaco Trolley Company had the opportunity to create a new classic-style trolley. HARTLine in Tampa, Florida, had requested eight replica Birney trolleys for their TECO Streetcar line. This photographic journal profiles the construction of the first replica Birney trolley, #428. Gomaco Trolley Company went on to construct replica Birney trolleys #429 through #435 for use on the new rail system.

Delivery on all eight trolleys was completed by 2002, which was followed by a grand opening weekend (October 19-20, 2002) that transported more than 20,000 trolley enthusiasts through the YBOR historic district and the Channel district in Tampa.

 

 

December 1999

 

Top Row - Left and Center: Representatives from HARTline of Tampa, Florida, examined the assembled trolley truck and asked maintenance questions. Right: Sharon Dent, Executive Director of HARTline, took a look at the new wheelchair ramp for the replica Birney trolleys.