After Restoration, Historic Trolley to Offer Snacks at Pottstown Carousel

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Larry Rossi, left, and Brien Heisey work to reassemble the trolley. Photo courtesy of Harold Hoch, Reading Eagle.

Pottstown’s nearly finished carousel on King Street is getting another attraction, a restored, 19th-century trolley to offer snacks to visitors, writes Gabbie O’Grady for the Reading Eagle.

“We thought about putting the trolley outside of the building as a snack bar, but inside is a nice way to get out of the weather,” said Beverly Reber, vice president of the carousel project, which aims to restore civic pride in Pottstown.

The task of piecing the trolley back together started about three weeks ago.

“The trolley was in 500 pieces,” said Reber. “It was like a puzzle.”

George Wausnock, president of the carousel project, obtained the trolley almost two decades ago, when it was left ownerless at a dock in Wilmington. The town offered the trolley to the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, which then gifted it to the Pottstown Preservation Society.

Volunteers Brien Heisey of Amity Township and Larry Rossi and Van Scott of Lower Pottsgrove are rebuilding the trolley to resemble the one at the Reading Public Museum.

“We actually considered using the trolley again as horse-drawn for parades,” said Wausnock, “but the liabilities were too much.”

Read more about the historic trolley in the Reading Eagle by clicking here.

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