• TROLLEY - EXTENDED MAINTENANCE INFO

      MATA's vintage trolley rail system is currently suspended to undergo extended maintenance on all trolley cars. As of June 10th, 2014, the trolley division of MATA has started restoring five trolley cars, which are slated for operation on the Main Street line in three to six month's time.

    For alternate service, please consider our shuttle routes or call 901-274-6282 for help with bus trip planning.
       
    The first five trolleys undergoing maintenance:    
    trolley car 1978   trolley car 234
    Trolley #1978   Trolley #234
         
    trolley car 455   trolley car 417
    Trolley #455   Trolley #417
         
    trolley car 455    
    Trolley #455    

    Restoration work on the trolleys will focus on the five trolley cars we believe are in the best condition. The work will involve re-inspection, re-certification, and repair which requires many imported trolley parts for completion. After the first five trolley cars have been restored and re-certified for operation later this fall on the Main Street trolley line, the rest of the fleet will go through the same process and serve the other two trolley lines (Riverfront line and Madison line).

    A few of your favorite trolleys may even have a new color! Some of the trolleys in our fleet are over 50 years old and have been in service for over 20 years - these particular vintage trolley cars will require more time to service as we locate and import the proper trolley parts to complete their restoration. 


    Trolley truck assembly
      Removing a trolley motor
     A truck assembly holds all four trolley motors    Maintenance workers removing a motor
         
    Trolley motors from assembly   Trolley car suspended
    There are four (4) motors per trolley   Motors  are shipped  for inspection