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Port Huron Museums buys trolley for $1 for tours, events

Port Huron Museums Community Engagement Manager Andrew Kercher talks about the historic 1992 Chance Coach VS-24 trolley the museums acquired from Blue Water Area Transit Friday, July 10, 2020, in Port Huron, Mich. Among the things staff currently plan to use it for include renting it for special events, using it to transport people to and from different museum site locations and to do tours based on Kercher’s popular Facebook Live tours. (Brian Wells/The Times Herald via AP)

PORT HURON — Instead of wearing his fedora on historical Port Huron tours, one museum employee might be wearing an old-fashioned trolley driver uniform instead.

This would match the 1992 Chance Coach VS-24 trolley that Port Huron Museums acquired July 8, said Andrew Kercher, community engagement director.

“I think we’re going to get a lot of use out of it,” he told the Times Herald.

The trolley can seat 20 people and have 16 standing at full capacity. It has one wheelchair spot available, a back porch and a bell people can ring, Kercher said.

David McElroy, Blue Water Area Transit assistant general manager and director of finance, said the “historic trolley” has over 200,000 miles on it and had met its usefulness for their organization.

They still wanted it to be in the community and reached out to see if any organizations were interested in the trolley. The museums were, it was a good fit, and the transit board approved the sale of the trolley for $1, he said.

“We’re very excited it’s going to stay in the area,” McElroy said.

Veronica Campbell, the museums’ executive director, said the entities have been in talks for the transaction since last fall.

The museum board approved the purchase in December and it was picked it up on July 8.

“That officially made it ours,” Campbell said.

Kercher said staff aren’t sure yet of all the ways they could use the trolley, as new ideas come up every day.

Among the things staff currently plan to use it for include renting it for special events, using it to transport people to and from different museum site locations and to do tours based on Kercher’s popular Facebook Live tours.

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