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The last trolley left Glen Echo Park at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

It did not travel the rails along Clara Barton Parkway toward Georgetown. It was carried on the back of a flatbed truck headed for General Machine & Tool Company in Cheverly.

The cost of restoring the trolley, estimated at more than $100,000, along with failed attempts to raise money, influenced the decision to remove the trolley, said Polly Angelakis, National Park Service site manager at Glen Echo Park.

“The idea was to make it an interpretive exhibit about trolleys,” she said.

Kenneth Rinehart, CEO of General Machine, which owns the trolley, plans to keep and restore the trolley.

“We have a lot of old things here,” he said. “We have an old voting machine, a wooden telephone booth and old printing presses. We call it the museum ”

Streetcar 2732 was manufactured in 1947, operated in Philadelphia and was overhauled in 1985. It was donated to the National Park Service in 2005. It was the same type of trolley that serviced Glen Echo from the 1940s to 1960 when service to the park ended, wrote Kevin Patti, National Park Service Ranger, in an email.

Patti said the car line to Glen Echo originated at Union Station in Washington, passed the White House and went through Georgetown on its way to the park.

The story of the trolley has not come to its final stop.

“We have an extensive oral history project where people talk about coming to the park [on the trolley],” Angelakis said. “We’re slowly integrating them into our interpretive program.”

pmcewan@gazette.net