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California Trolley and Railroad Corporation
AT&SF locomotive #5, 16 August 2008
Founded July 8, 1982 (1982-07-08)
Founder Rod Diridon, Sr.
Type Public-benefit corporation
Registration no. C1152615
Focus Railroad museum, Historic preservation
  • 635 Phelan Avenue
    San Jose, California 95112
Origins merger of Santa Clara Valley Railroad Association and the San Jose Trolley Corporation
Area served
South Bay

Established in 1982, the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation (CTRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and reflect the rich legacy of rail transportation in the Santa Clara Valley for the educational and recreational benefit of current and future generations.

Among the numerous projects underway is the complete restoration of Southern Pacific 2479 and the static restoration of Southern Pacific 1215. The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation has restored for operation a number of historic trolley cars at History Park at Kelley Park. In August 2009 the Corporation opened the Happy Hollow line extension allowing trolley service to the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Happy Hollow Zoo in Kelley Park.

A major undertaking is the creation of the San Jose Steam Railroad Museum with the focal point becoming the former six-stall Lenzen Roundhouse and turntable.

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