The Albany Regional Museum will present the Albany Street Railway Historic Tour, three times on Saturday, May 12: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. You will board the vintage Albany Streetcar at the Museum, 136 Lyon Street S, for the tour with Bill Maddy, Museum Docent, who will provide a narrated ride on the historic route of the Albany Streetcars. Seating is limited and registration is required to reserve your ticket to board the Streetcar for one of the tour times. For a reservation contact the Albany Regional Museum, 541- 967-7122.
The tour route will feature stops where the streetcar system provided service, including the Oregon and California Railroad Depot, Oregon Pacific Railroad Depot, Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, Oregon Electric Railway Depot, Depot Hotel, Van Dran Hotel, Hotel Hammel, Revere House, St. Francis Hotel, and St. Charles Hotel.
Albany Street Railway system operated from 1889 to 1918. The streetcars were first powered by “one horse power” provided by a steed named “Old Charlie”. Later beginning in 1900 the streetcar was powered by steam engines and passenger service was added to provide service to a new Albany addition known as Goltra Park and the Ladies Aid Society’s Orphanage in the Sunrise District. In 1908, electrification of the Albany Street Railway came after its acquisition by the Portland, Eugene and Eastern Railway. In 1918, Albany, the city that had inaugurated the first motorized street railway in the state outside of Portland, became the first to abandon streetcars.