Founded on June 30, 1982, our mission has been to preserve the history and artifacts of the Pikes Peak region’s street railways. The donation of CS&I Car #59 to the Foundation, one of only six remaining Laclede cars, began the additional mission to restore to the streets of Colorado Springs and neighboring communities an electrified, full service rail transportation system using historic and vintage streetcars.
In 1994, the 1888 Rock Island Railroad Roundhouse, located in the former Roswell community along the UP/BNSF mainline, became available. It was an ideal facility for offices, restoration efforts, and display of trolley artifacts. It is now operated by the Foundation as the Pikes Peak Trolley Museum and Restoration Shop.
In 1995, the board voted to acquire nine Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) PCC cars, which were delivered that year. The intent was to restore these cars for street railway operations in Colorado Springs. Subsequently, the Foundation was franchised by the city to operate such a system as the Colorado Springs & Interurban Railway.
Over the ensuing years, considerable effort has been expended by museum volunteers to preserve and maintain both the heritage and vintage trolleys as well as the 1888 Rock Island Railroad Roundhouse, valuable legacies of Colorado Springs history.