Thursday, April 27, 2017
Board members of Belmont Trolley are (from left) Nate Wells, Jennifer Church, Rob Pressley, Ashley McCallister, Ryan Schrift and Rod Smallwood. Behind them is Belmont Historical Society President Fred Dixon in his trolley motorman uniform. He’s a former motorman on the Charlotte trolley and is eager to serve in that role for Belmont’s trolley.
Belmont’s 1913 trolley star attraction at Network After Work
Chamber members and friends got a unique opportunity to see the Belmont trolley, the Stowe Park Special train engine and the City of Belmont Public Works building during Network After Work on April 27, 2017. The Belmont Trolley organization hosted the event to raise awareness of the work to restore a 1913 trolley and return it to service on the former Piedmont & Northern Railway between downtown Belmont and Belmont Abbey College.
Belmont Trolley, a non-profit, volunteer organization, raised funds to purchase the trolley in Canada and move it here by truck. It’s now stored and undergoing restoration in the city’s Public Works building at 1401 E. Catawba Street. Additional funds must be raised to complete the work.
Trolley Board Chair Rob Pressley told more than 100 attending the event that the vision includes a downtown Belmont building to store the trolley and to serve as a trolley and train museum, giving the city a unique new attraction for residents to enjoy and to draw tourists.
For more information on Belmont Trolley and how you can support the project, call 704.914.7730, or visit the group's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/belmonttrolley/about/?ref=page_internal