Indianapolis

Nonprofit announces capital campaign to revive one of Indiana’s world-famous interurban railcars 

Nonprofit announces capital campaign to revive one of Indiana’s world-famous interurban railcars 

As of 4:29 p.m. on 4/29/2019, a group of young preservationists are pleased to announce the Electrify 429 capital campaign.  Electrify 429 is a project of the Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co. to restore Indiana Union Traction Company No. 429 to operation – one of the last remaining interurbans from Indiana’s world-famous electric railroad system of the early 20th century.

Electrifying Indianapolis’ Streetcar System for the 20th Century

Electrifying Indianapolis’ Streetcar System for the 20th Century

Electricity – the invention that defined the beginning of the 20th century. Indianapolis’ streetcar system adopted the technology in the 1890s – ushering in the new century with it. Beginning in 1864, transportation in Indianapolis was provided by horse or mule-drawn carriages on rails through the street. By 1890, Citizens Street Railroad Company, the dominant streetcar company in the city, was operating 260 cars with some 1100 horses and mules. The inefficiency ultimately proved to be problematic for the City of Indianapolis.

How Indianapolis Streetcars Sparked The War Effort

How Indianapolis Streetcars Sparked The War Effort

The war effort - a time requiring the country to band together. The Indianapolis Railways streetcar system was a culture and art-filled part of that effort  - encouraging Indianapolis citizens to support in various ways from buying war bonds to donating blood to the American Red Cross.

Group of young preservationists announces the formation of the nonprofit Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co.

Group of young preservationists announces the formation of the nonprofit  Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co.

A group of historic preservationists is pleased to announce the formation of the Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co. The group is a forming nonprofit preservation organization dedicated to the interpretation, preservation, and operation of historic railroad artifacts significant to Indiana’s rich, yet mostly forgotten electric railway history.