Trolley car’s fun rides connect city’s business districts
If you haven’t yet had the chance to take a ride along Princeton’s Main Street on the cheery red and green trolley, be sure to add it to your summer bucket list. It’s a fun attraction that’s becoming more popular each year.
The trolley, which is a 1993 Oshkosh model, runs every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. transporting riders and shoppers between Princeton’s two Main Street shopping districts. The south-end stop is in front of the Prouty Building, and the north-end stop is in front of Flour House Bakery.
Princeton Tourism Director Kim Frey said the trolley has helped set Princeton apart from other small towns.
“More than ever, families are looking for experiences when they do day-trips or weekend-trips, and I think the trolley definitely adds to their experience. … You can’t say everyday that you got to ride a trolley, but you can in Princeton,” she said.
“The history of the town and having the nostalgia on the street is really neat to see. Everybody’s face, doesn’t matter which age, is excited to see the trolley. I’m thrilled Princeton Tourism gets the opportunity to showcase that.”
The trolley was donated to the city by Steve Kiser of Princeton as a living memorial to local photographer and historian Bill Lamb. Kiser acquired the trolley from a Chattanooga, Tenn. basketball team in 2008. The model harkens back to the interurban line that once ran through Princeton many years ago.
“It definitely takes you back. It’s neat. It’s an experience. It feels like back in the day,” Frey said, recounting the experience of a trolley ride.
The trolley can also be used as a means of transportation for guests staying at the hotels in Princeton. The hotel provides a phone number for guests to call when needing to catch a ride to downtown.