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Special People’s University Program Offered Thursday

Car No. 639

WHEELING — The Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will play host to a special edition of People’s University — a livestream program beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7. The program will be on “No. 639 — The Last of the Wheeling Trolleys.”

The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport Maine is home to a very special car. No. 639 is a Cincinnati curved-side built in 1924 for the Wheeling Traction Company, later Co-Operative Transit Company. It is one of few survivors of hundreds of curved-side cars and is the last known Wheeling trolley in existence. The body was acquired in 1957 and a decades long restoration process followed.

Now, No. 639 is fully restored and in operating condition at the museum. James D. Schantz and Frederick J. Maloney, editors of the book on the subject, will discuss this unique trolley car and the amazing, epic restoration process, including the importance of the photos of Bill Gwinn, whose work is now on exhibit at the Ohio County Public Library.

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