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How Adaptive Reuse and Hoosier Passion Preserved Railway Heritage

How Adaptive Reuse and Hoosier Passion Preserved Railway Heritage

So, what does a gravel pit office, tire shed, house, an outdoor cabin and a helicopter ride have in common?

-A captivating story full of twists and turns, legendary artifacts from Indiana’s past, and forward-thinking Hoosiers that have worked tirelessly across generations to preserve our world-renowned electric railway heritage.

Carrying the Torch Forward – Preserving Our Electric Railway Heritage

Carrying the Torch Forward – Preserving Our Electric Railway Heritage

With the interurban system dissolving in 1941 and streetcar systems converting to buses in the 1950s, many alive today do not remember nor even know the state had one of the world’s greatest transportation networks. In the 1920s, the electric railway system peaked with more than 15,000 operating trolleys and more than 2 million passengers in a year. Cars would depart the traction terminal in Indianapolis (trolley station) nearly every minute for destinations across the state, once passing the steps of the Indiana Statehouse. With the conclusion of the Golden Age of railroading in America, began the railway preservation movement.

An Adventure in Saving Hoosier History

An Adventure in Saving Hoosier History

-Long days, late nights, conference calls, precision logistics, all while balancing full-time careers, family obligations, etc. This is what occurs day-in and day-out within preservation groups across the country. For our new nonprofit organization near Indianapolis, it has been no exception relocating Indiana’s last surviving trolleys.

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.