The Excelsior Streetcar Line

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Introduction

Welcome to the Excelsior Streetcar Line. Twin City Rapid Transit trolleys once linked this lakeside resort community to Minneapolis and St. Paul. Especially during the hot summer months, the streetcar offered a quick and inexpensive escape to Lake Minnetonka. At Excelsior you could board one of several steamboats, built and operated by TCRT, for a ride across the water to towns around the lake or the park on Big Island.    

Enjoy a streetcar trip through historic Excelsior along a half-mile of track built on the former right-of-way of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway. The car stops at our carbarn so passengers can see other cars in our collection as well as restoration work in progress. You’ll also view historical exhibits and photos. The streetcar ride continues to the end of the line where you will see some of the 110 miles of Lake Minnetonka shoreline. 

After your ride, stop at the old Minneapolis and St. Louis station and see the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society displays. Then take a stroll along Water Street and visit some of the many owner occupied shops. Check out the gifts and antiques at Liepold’s or brose the selection at Excelsior Bay Books. Stop for lunch, an ice cream cone, or refreshing drink. Downtown Excelsior offers something for everyone in your family.


Streetcar No. 78 was acquired by the Museum in 1972 and restored to service in 1991.
Here it crosses Morse Avenue on its way from Water Street to Old Excelsior Road.
To learn more about No. 78, click here.

To view a movie of Car 78 running through the Excelsior carbarn yard, click here (921KB).

For more information, you can check out the following web sites:
    Excelsior-Minnetonka Historical Society
    Excelsior Downtown Business Group
    City of Excelsior
    South Lake-Excelsior Chamber of Commerce

 

Streetcar 1239, a gate car, was built at the 31st Street Shops in Minneapolis in 1907.
From 1954 until 1998, it was used as a cabin near Big Lake, MN.
It was totally restored in the Excelsior car barn and returned to service in Excelsior in 2006.
To learn more about TCRT No. 1239, click here.