The Fort Smith Trolley Museum is located at 100 South 4th, Fort Smith Arkansas 72901, 479 783-0205. www.fstm.org
The Fort Smith Trolley museum operates a restored Fort Smith Birney Car on 1 mile of track in downtown Fort Smith Arkansas. We have a collection of rail cars on display that includes the Frisco 4003 Steam Locomotive.
Mission: The Fort Smith Streetcar Restoration Association is dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of electric powered streetcars, railroad equipment, transportation and other technology that existed during this period in history, and to providing a unique educational experience to the visiting public.
We will still be having rib pickup, lunches and the visit with the Easter Bunny tomorrow, but the antique machinery part of the event will have to be postponed due to the forecast of rain. Old antiques and water don't mix very well and we don't want history to get damaged like that.
In addition to the Easter Bunny visiting, he will be bringing some of his family with him (bunnies and baby chicks) and we will have a photographer available to take pictures with the Easter Bunny! So still come out and have some fun!
The deadline for pre-ordering Baby Back Ribs is this evening at 9PM. Make sure you get your order in before the cutoff time! Pre-orders can be made going to our website at www.fstm.org and clicking on the picture of the ribs. (Might have to scroll up on the webpage to see it.)
Order pickup will be this Saturday starting at 12pm at the Trolley Museum. Buy some racks and stock up for the summer!
Midnight the trolley cat waiting for the Easter Bunny. He will be here Saturday April 13 during the tractor and engine show starting at 9am. Carolyn and Harry Naggy did and excellent job in decorating the nest.
Getting things ready and more festive for the Easter Bunny and antique machinery show this Saturday!
If you are still waiting to purchase a rack of baby back ribs, the cut-off for orders is this Thursday, April 11th. Rib orders can be made on our website at www.fstm.org (click on the picture of ribs on the home page).
Just a reminder our Spring Antique Machinery Show will be on Saturday, April 13th from 9am till 4pm. We'll have tractors, antique engines, a mobile blacksmith, trolley rides, ribs, and a special visit from a snazzy Easter Bunny for a few hours. The Easter Bunny also said he would bring a few of his kin with him (we all know rabbits are good at multiplying) for the children to pet and enjoy. This would also be a good opportunity to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, so don't miss your chance!
We'll have something for all ages of the family, so come out and see us on Saturday, April 13th and have some fun!
Sad day at the Trolley museum. Skunk the black and white trolley cat can out of the building. She was not normally let out and was enjoying being out and did not want to come in. She was enjoying being out side playing in the fenced equipment area south of the library. A man parked across the street let his 2 large dogs out to run free unleashed and sat talking on his phone. One large black dog got into the fenced area and attacted Skunk killing her. She was a delight, always running and playing. Loved being in the 5&10 Museum Store. Would scratch rapidly at the door to get in. She was born in the South camp and came to museum when the homeless camp was closed down.
[03/13/19] Another cat tail. Today we received a call from a person who said he had a cat with our phone number on its collar. When asked what was the name on the back of the tag add he said "Bell". We ask where she was and he said the city landfill of all places. One of the employees was repairing a dump truck on the hill and found her there under the truck. He brought her down to the main plant and he called us. Bell seems OK, but was sure muddy and wet. Thankfully she appears to be alright and is currently recovering back at the museum. A big thanks to the employees at Fort Smith Sanitation!
There is still time to purchase ribs, so don't miss out! The cost is $23 per rack and they will be ready for pickup on April 13th starting at noon during the Spring Antique Machinery & Tractor Show. Orders can be made by going to https://www.fstm.org and clicking on the picture of ribs on our home page!
Starting this week, we will begin our summer hours of operations. The museum will be open Monday through Friday 10am through 5pm and Sunday 1:00pm through 5:00pm, so come on out and enjoy a streetcar ride. We hope to see you there!
fstm.org The Fort Smith BBQ Society will be preparing baby back ribs for sale on April 13th. Ribs will be cooked and ready to eat when you pick them up! All proceeds will go to the Fort Smith Trolley Museum. To preorder your ribs, select the quantity below and proceed to the secure checkout through PayPal. Y...
Tonight at 10:30pm on AETN, they are doing a program on miss Laura's Social Club (our tourist information center). The program is "Step into Miss Laura's". The Trolley Museum's 5&10 Museum Store stocks John Bell Jr's print and note cards and all his other prints. The print is called "Miss Laura's Social Club"
[12/17/18] Some one lost a billfold at the polar Express Saturday night. The library card for the muskogee library says Ian King. I tryed to get contact information from them but did not. If you are Ian contact me at 479-650-5456 and let me know what it had in it. If you know him let him know. Thanks
[12/17/18] The Polar Express 8 has come and gone. It was very successful. I would like to thank all the volenteers who worked so hard making it a memorial experience for so many happy children and thank the parents and friends for bringing the. The smiles make all the work worth while.
We are running a few volunteers short for Polar Express this Saturday and would humbly ask if we could have a few extra people lend a helping hand with us for a little while so that we're not left short handed. We will train you! Where we need the most help is in the following areas:
Book Readers: 1 reader from 5pm to 6pm, 2 readers from 6pm till 7pm.
Parking Attendants: 2 attendants from 4pm - 5pm, 2 attendants from 5pm to 6pm.
If you're flexible and would prefer to do something else, just let us know!
If you or someone you know would be interested in lending a hand for just a short while, please contact us at [email protected] and we will reply back to you.
Due to the threat of winter weather this Saturday, the decision was made to postpone Polar Express 2018 till NEXT Saturday, December 15 starting at 3pm. We wish we didn't have to postpone this but since Mother Nature cannot decide just how bad the wintry mix is going to be, we'd prefer to err on the side of caution and safety for all our volunteers and visitors.
Sorry for the short notice, but in this instance it's better to postpone it for the next weekend. We have also updated our event listing to reflect the new start time for Polar Express. Thank you for understanding and stay safe warm and safe this weekend!
While one of our volunteers was performing some motor work on Light and Traction #224 yesterday to get the streetcar ready for Polar Express, Trolley Cat Rudy Garza, living up to his namesake, oversaw the repair work as only a cat can.
Don't forget that Polar Express is coming up on Saturday, December 15th!
Rocket has been found! Somehow he made a journey over to Van Buren and was identified yesterday. One of our volunteers picked him up today and has brought him back home to the Trolley Museum. Rocket is none the worse for wear and has resumed his lounging duties as shown in the picture.
We would like to give a tremendous thank you to the Brooke Corbit family for finding Rocket and helping to take care of him for the past week and contacting us.
20th Century Railway Foundation has approved a $19,000 matching grant to help pay for repairs to the museums buildings roofs. recently the Museum had to roofs of the Library , restoration shop, Model railway and future public meeting room and the Chaffee Crossing buildings repaired.by Freedom Coatings ,LLC ,Jeff Clevenger, He was able to get his suppler to donate a portion of the materials. The museum had funds to do part of the buildings but he convinced us that to prevent future deterioration to wood roof decks we should do it now and he would give the museum up to 6 months to raise the $38,000 need. The 20th century Railway Foundation approved a $19,000 matching grant the condition is we have to receive new money to match there money to receive it.
To donate our mailing address is Fort Smith Trolley Museum, 100 south 4th, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.
If you have questions or wish to use a debit card or credit card call Bradley Martin 478-650-5456
Just a little cat nap.
Just a reminder that if you haven't made your pre-order for baby back ribs, you have 10 days to get your orders in before the cutoff date on October 4th! This is a big fundraiser that helps us with funding our daily operations and restoration projects! Pre-orders can be made by visiting our website at www.fstm.org and clicking on the picture of the ribs. We wouldn't be selling them if they weren't good, so feel free to stock up for the winter!
Also don't forget our Antique Machinery Show coming up on October 6th. We hope to see you there!
This coming Sunday, July 29th, we will having our 3rd Annual Sweet Treats Trolley! For $5 dollars a person, you can enjoy a delicious ice cream treat and take a ride on one (or both) of our vintage street cars! We did receive a letter in the mailbox from a so called "Ice Cream Bandit" who said he would be there to steal all the Ice Cream, but our good friends with the Lawbreakers and Peacemakers said they'd be onsite with the Sheriff to make sure everything stays in line.
We are also going to be helping to sponsor pet adoptions with the HOPE Humane Society on Sunday, July 29th, too! The adoption van will be onsite from 1pm till 5pm with many pets who are looking for their forever home. Hope Humane Society is at beyond maximum capacity for animals and is in desperate need of your support and adoptions to help ease the strain they're currently experiencing. Just like the Trolley Museum, Hope Humane Society is also a non-profit which means they need your support via adoptions or donations, so we highly encourage you to help if you can and to help welcome a new member into your future family! Adoption prices are $50 for cats, $100 for dogs with a special throughout the end of July of $20 for black dogs.
Ice Cream, Trolley Rides, Bandits, Sheriffs, Pets to adopt, what more could you ask for?
Due to an issue with our utility power that feeds our power supply used by the streetcar, we will be unable to run the streetcar today. We are working with our utility provider to get the issue fixed as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
What better use for a motorman's hat.
Happy Independence Day from the Fort Smith Trolley Museum! We hope everyone has a safe and fun filled day!
Come on down to help us wash the Frisco 4003 till 3pm! It's a big engine and takes some help to get it cleaned up before National Train Day.
[04/14/18] Tomorrow promises to be a lot of fun for the family! You would not want to miss the Antique Engine and Tractor Show from 10am till 4pm. Come see antique engines and tractors from the days of yesteryear. Enjoy a streetcar ride and have some fun! We have heard rumors that there is a bandit wanting to rob the streetcar though, so we'll be sure to have the Sheriff around just to be safe! Come on out tomorrow and enjoy!
Just a quick reminder that you only have 10 days to make your pre-order for Baby Back Ribs! To get your order placed in time, feel free to visit our website https://www.fstm.org and clicking on the image of the ribs on the homepage.
Also don't forget that we're having an Antique Tractor and Machinery show on Saturday April 14th, so feel free to bring the family out and enjoy machinery of old!
fstm.org The Fort Smith BBQ Society will be preparing baby back ribs for sale on April 14th. Ribs will be cooked and ready to eat when you pick them up! All proceeds will go to the Fort Smith Trolley Museum. To preorder your ribs, select the quantity below and proceed to the secure checkout through PayPal. Y...
[03/13/18] This week the Trolley museums summer started. The trolley will oporate from 10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday and ,1 - 5 pm Sunday. Child's fare $2 , adults $4
Fort Smith Trolley Museum's cover photo
Sorry for not posting on our page in a while, but we've been busy these past couple of months. Work is progressing on the Forgecraft building, "Tweety Bird" and the Frisco caboose are settling into their new home, fixing and updating track on our property, and so on. Never let it be said that we just sit around and do nothing!
That being said, we have a few upcoming announcements to make:
1. We will begin our Summer hours of operation this coming Monday (3-12) which means the streetcar will now operate Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
2. Due to the popular success from last year, we will be having a spring Antique Machinery and Tractor show on April 14th.
3. Also due to popular request, we will be having a spring Baby Back Rib fundraiser for the museum! All proceeds go to help fund the museum's daily operations!
For more information on the Antique Machinery and Tractor show or to purchase some ribs, click on the link below!
fstm.org Come out to the Fort Smith Trolley Museum for a fun filled day of Antique Machinery and Trolley Rides. There will be trains, trolleys, tractors, engine displays, and automobiles. There will also be a working mobile blacksmith shop along with other things of interest. Come out and enjoy the machinery...
Hard day for the trolley cats Bell, Flash and Rudy. Had lots of visitors to greet.
[12/18/17] The trolley museum's 5 &10 Museum Store stocks John Bell , Jr prints and note cards. You might consider a print for a gift.
We have made a small photo album documenting the move of the St. Louis-San Fransisco #1232 Frisco Caboose today! Feel free to view the album and see what all was involved for bringing the caboose to its new home at the Trolley Museum and all the people, volunteers and organizations that helped make this possible!
After months of planning, laying new track, and getting everything ready, the SLSF 1232 Frisco Caboose is now at its new home at the Trolley Museum!
We would like to thank the following people/organizations for helping us achieve this goal:
Paul Slavens for donating the caboose to the Trolley Museum - Gary Madewell for arranging the crane service in Tulsa - Northwest Crane Service in Tulsa for lifting the caboose in Tulsa - Dan Hall for helping to coordinate the moving - Bryan Frazee of Stella Jones for donating the railroad ties used in the new section of track -
Henry Moore, Stu Cannefax, Joey Hilton, Wesley Schwartz, Donald Schwartz, Zach Oatzel, Wally West, the Fort Smith A Team for laying and building the new track -
Harry Nagy for transporting the trucks and caboose from Tulsa to Fort Smith -
Holmes Erection of Fort Smith for lifting the caboose and trucks in Fort Smith
And a big thank you to everyone who helped donate funds to cover all the work that went into this project!
Over the next year we will work on repainting the caboose and beginning its restoration work. For now, the caboose and "Tweety Bird" will be on display at the Trolley Museum. Feel free to visit and take a look!
Getting ready to unload the Frisco caboose that should arrive in a few minutes.
[12/14/17] If you had your child's picture taken with Santa during our Polar Express event last Saturday, the pictures are now ready for pickup! The pictures can be picked up at Bedford Camera and Video located at 2801 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901 between the hours of 10am till 6pm.
[12/10/17] Another polar Express at the trolley museum has come and gone. Thanks to the positive people of fort Smith and all the other volenteers all had a great time and a wonderful experience. If you missed it you missed a great event.
Getting ready for the Polar Express. You will have a heated building to wait on your free trolley ride.
The last week was a very good one at the trolley museum. Several projects that had been in the works for a while were completed
Halloween ABF delivered the John Pilling traction library to the museum and it was shelved in the Charles Winters library. There are 700 books on traction systems in the collection. Thank you ABF for helping make this possible
Halloween received a call from Kitties and Kanines saying we had been approved to adopt a black kitten about 6 months old that has all the properties of Meteor, the black trolley cat who died recently of a kidney infection. His name was originally Captain Hook but since he is a Trolley cat his name is now Meteor II. He and the other residents of the library get along and greet the visitors.
Moving on from Cats a new Laser printer was purchased from Staples at a great discount which will greatly improve our operations.
Finally, the greatest accomplishment of the week was the delivery on "Tweety" a 25 ton locomotive donated to the museum by Julian Connell of the Red River Rail Services. This is the locomotive that served Planters Peanuts for years. Tweety Still wears the Mr Peanut top Hat. For this move to take place about 200 feet of track had to be built. This was done with the assistance of the Fort Smith A team, Maverick Football players and museum volunteers. Henry Moore lead this project. Holmes Erection loaded and unloaded the locomotive and Harry Nagy carried it to the museum on his flatbed truck.
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The Clayton House is Fort Smith's Victorian-era home beautifully restored & open to the public. Tours start at the top of the hour:Tues-Sat 12-3 & Sun 1-3 (last tour 3-4)
Admission: $7 Adults $2 Children (under 6 free)
"Hair today, gone tomorrow"
Miss Laura's is the official Visitors Center of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and first former bordello to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.