Fort Collins Municipal Railway is operated by the non-profit Fort Collins
Municipal Railway Society during weekends and Holidays from May through
The group operates original Ft. Collins
single-truck Birney streetcar 21 over 1.5 miles of restored streetcar route
on Mountain Ave. Restoration of car 21 began back in 1977, and the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society
was formally organized in 1980. The Society took on the task of completing
the restoration of car 21 and rebuilding the original Mountain Ave. line. With help from
its volunteer members, plus generous support from local businesses, the Society built a new two-stall
carbarn on West Mountain Ave. and rebuilt much of the Mountain Ave. line: 1-1/2 miles, from City Park to Howe St, just two blocks from the still-bustling Mountain and College downtown intersection.
The first part of the rebuilding was completed by the end of 1984, allowing restored Car 21 to run once again to City Park. The rest of the line was completed over the following two summers and turned over to the City in August 1986.
Since then, the Society has operated the car and maintained the railway at no cost to the City.