Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley

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Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley
Whitehorse trolley 2011.jpg
Locale Whitehorse, Yukon
Transit type Heritage streetcar, seasonal
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 7
Website Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley
Began operation 2000
Operator(s) Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society [1]
System length 2 km (1.2 mi)
Track gauge 3 ft (914 mm)

The Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley is a heritage streetcar service in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.[2][3]

It uses a single reconditioned trolley which carries tourists along Whitehorse's waterfront along the Yukon River. It runs from the Rotary Peace Park, located on the south end of the city centre, up to the north end of the city centre at Spook Creek Station. The car originally served the trolley/streetcar system of Lisbon, Portugal, from 1925 to 1978. In 1978 it was sold by CCFL to a railway museum in Duluth. It was sold to Whitehorse in 1999 and restored by Historic Railway Restoration of Arlington, WA.[4]

The trolley is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge vehicle, and runs on the track built for the White Pass and Yukon Route. It has a capacity of 24 passengers.[3]

The trolley was first put into operation in 2000. The electricity to power its electric motors comes not from overhead trolley wires, but instead from a diesel generator which also provides head end power and which is towed (or pushed) on a trailer.[3][5] The car runs each year from May to September.[6]

Car 531 details[edit]

Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley
In service 1925-1973 in Lisbon;
Manufacturer Santo Amaro Works of Lisbon electric tramways, Portugal using kits from the J. G. Brill Company, Philadelphia
Constructed 1925
Number built 24
Capacity 24 seats
Maximum speed 74 km/h (46 mph)[3]
Weight 10 t (11.0 short tons; 9.8 long tons)
Traction system 4 x 25 hp (19 kW) General Electric motors
Electric system(s) 600 V DC from a diesel generator on a short 2-axle, flatcar
(originally 550 V DC trolley wires)
Current collection method jumper cable
Track gauge 3 ft (914 mm)
(originally 900 mm (2 ft 11 716 in))

This single-truck (2-axle or 4-wheel), double-ended trolley car was previously owned by Lake Superior Railroad Museum, which still owns sister car 530,[7] and both cars were originally used by Companhia de Carris de Ferro de Lisboa (Carris) in Lisbon, Portugal.


  • Spook Creek
  • Kishwoot Island
  • Shipyards Park
  • Jarvis Street
  • Library and Cultural Centre (Request only)
  • Trolley Roundhouse
  • White Pass
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Rotary Park

As of 2013 it runs daily from 10AM - 6PM. A complete trip, viewing all stations, takes approximately one hour.

The car is stored in a roundhouse/train shed at 1127 First Avenue (end of Wood Street).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society
  2. ^ "Whitehorse Trolley Project Pushed Ahead". CBC News. January 6, 2000. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The Whitehorse Trolley". Explore North. September 13, 2000. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Yukon". Historic Railway Restoration. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Yukon - Generator on flatcar" (jpg). Historic Railway Restoration. 
  6. ^ "Waterfront Trolley". Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society. 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  7. ^ http://www.lsrm.org/Home/exmisc.html

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 60°43′18″N 135°03′04″W / 60.7217°N 135.0510°W / 60.7217; -135.0510