Vendors sought for WB trolley restoration festival

By Roger DuPuis - [email protected]
Vincent Shea of Bieber Dustless Blasting removes old paint and rust from Wilkes-Barre trolley 790 on July 3. Volunteers working to restore the trolley are planning a fundraiser for next month. Times Leader file photo Vincent Shea of Bieber Dustless Blasting removes old paint and rust from Wilkes-Barre trolley 790 on July 3. Volunteers working to restore the trolley are planning a fundraiser for next month. - Times Leader file photo

SWOYERSVILLE — Volunteers working to restore Wilkes-Barre’s last surviving trolley car are planning a fundraiser for next month, and they are seeking food and crafters/vendors for the event.

“Trolley Fare for Car 790” will be held from Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 on the grounds of Baut Studios, 1095 Main St., where the streetcar is being housed and restored.

Nonprofit group Anthracite Trolleys Inc. was founded to rescue and restore the car, which was built by the J.G. Brill Co. of Philadelphia in 1924.

It was sold off as a summer cottage after the Wilkes-Barre trolley system closed in 1950. Car 790 was then moved to a site overlooking Perrins Marsh, where it remained until being relocated to Swoyersville this summer.

The event will feature food trucks, music, antique cars, a basket raffle and historic presentations, including by Harrison Wick, an author of a book abour the history of trolleys in the Wyoming Valley. Admission will be $5, with children 12 and under free.

Organizers are still looking for vendors and food trucks for the event, and gift baskets to raffle would also be welcome.

The fee for a 10-foot by 10-foot crafter/vendor space is $25, and the fee for a food truck is $75.

Interested vendors should call 570-855-3977 for information.

The restoration is expected to take several years and cost $300,000, which the group aims to raise through donations. Anyone wishing to assist in the trolley’s restoration effort can send donations to group treasurer Emil Augustine at 282 Pollock Drive, Pittston, PA 18640.

Vincent Shea of Bieber Dustless Blasting removes old paint and rust from Wilkes-Barre trolley 790 on July 3. Volunteers working to restore the trolley are planning a fundraiser for next month.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/web1_TTL070419trolley3_CMYK.jpgVincent Shea of Bieber Dustless Blasting removes old paint and rust from Wilkes-Barre trolley 790 on July 3. Volunteers working to restore the trolley are planning a fundraiser for next month. Times Leader file photo

By Roger DuPuis

[email protected]