all vintage trolley proposals are successful. Sometimes local politics
present obstacles to implementation. Aspen provides an interesting case
study, it owned six trolley cars for twenty years but a successful plan
never coalesced. Happily, the trolley cars have gone to good
The City of Aspen for many years owned six narrow-gauge trolleys
imported from Libson. Numerous proposals were aired over the years
to establish a Vintage Trolley operation in the city. In 2001, the City
Council acted to sell the cars, which had remained stored since their
arrival in 1982. The move to dispose of the cars coalesced a local group
into updating its proposal to restore the cars and create a half-mile
operation in the City's downtown area. The non-profit Aspen Street
Railway Company created a web
site to detail their plans for the line.
The group succeeded in getting a proposal
on the November
2002 city ballot. The measure asked Aspen voters to grant rights-of-way
for the proposed trolley line. Unfortunately, the ballot referendum
failed by a 1,314 to 1,148 margin.
Following the election, the City of Aspen donated
the six cars to new homes. Two cars went to Issaquah
Washington, two cars to Tucson, Arizona, and
two cars to Wanganui, New Zeland. The
entire saga was well covered in the Aspen Times, and the following story
links remain functional as of February 2003.
4, 2002: Trolleys Inch Closer to a Vote
2, 2002: Trolley Question Needs More Work
25, 2002: Editorial from ASRC
13, 2002: City OK's November Trolley Question
22, 2002: Trolleys a Hit, in Dallas, Anyway
"Next Stop Issaquah"
17, 2002: Trolleys Still Taking Up Citiy's Time
13 2003, Trolleys Head to New Homes