Thursday, December 11, 2014

Historic Trolley Dedicated; Full Service Begins December 18


Beginning in 1903, old Number One ran the one mile trolley track between the southern Indiana resort towns of French Lick and West Baden... linking the two grand hotels.
 
With the advent of the automobile, the trolley went away in 1919. A restored version of Old Number One officially returned to the tracks today at French Lick Resort and once again is making the run between the magnificent West Baden and French Lick Hotels.
 
Today was the culmination of a seven year historic preservation project funded by the Cook Group, owners of French Lick Resort. The trolley will become fully operational for public use by December 18. The complimentary service will run from 6am-10pm every day of the year.
 
Number One gets christened
Motormen Marvin Pinnick poses near the trolley

Number One Motormen
From Left to right: Darrell King; Jan Tellstrom, Sam Ray,
Sheryl Yeadon, Oral Carnes Junior; Larry Kidwell,
Sharon Pinnick; Marvin Pinnick and Steve Hall

 

The iconic West Baden Springs Hotel arches flank the trolley


The trolleypulls into the West Baden Springs Hotel


Master Carpenter Dan Ping; Project Manager Alan Beck
and Mechanic Andy Schwenk on the big day