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

Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley
Whitehorse trolley 2011.jpg
LocaleWhitehorse, Yukon
Transit typeHeritage streetcar, seasonal
Number of lines1
Number of stations7
WebsiteWhitehorse Waterfront Trolley
Began operation2000
Operator(s)McBride Museum[1]
System length2 km (1.2 mi)
Track gauge3 ft (914 mm)

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 Roundhouse. 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. The car runs each year from July to September.


Car 531 detailsEdit

Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley
In service1925-1973 in Lisbon;
ManufacturerSanto Amaro Works of Lisbon electric tramways, Portugal using kits from the J. G. Brill Company, Philadelphia
Number built24
Capacity24 seats
Maximum speed74 km/h (46 mph)[3]
Weight10 t (11.0 short tons; 9.8 long tons)
Traction systemElectric
Prime mover(s)? on the generator car
Engine typeDiesel
Traction motors4 x General Electric
Power output4 x 25 hp (19 kW)
Electric system(s)600 V DC from a diesel generator
(originally 550 V DC trolley wires on the Lisbon electric tramways)
Current collection methodjumper cable
Track gauge3 ft (914 mm)
(originally 900 mm or 2 ft 11 716 in on the Lisbon electric tramways)

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,[5] and both cars were originally used by Companhia de Carris de Ferro de Lisboa (Carris) in Lisbon, Portugal.


  • Spook Creek (Not in use in 2018)
  • Jarvis Street (Not in use in 2018)
  • Library and Cultural Centre (Request only)(Not in use in 2018)
  • Trolley Roundhouse
  • White Pass
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Rotary Park

As of 2018 it runs daily from Noon - 4PM. A complete trip, viewing all stations, takes approximately 15 minutes.

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ McBride Museum
  2. ^ "Whitehorse Trolley Project Pushed Ahead". CBC News. January 6, 2000. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  3. ^ a b c "The Whitehorse Trolley". Explore North. September 13, 2000. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  4. ^ "Yukon". Historic Railway Restoration. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2010-11-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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