History of Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, Inc.
The Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, Inc. was formed in 1999 when the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke decided to de-access its fleet of transit coaches collected through the years. A group of folks familiar with Roanoke's Downtown Plan done in 1997, which called for the restoration of the Museum's fleet for use by non-profits and community events, met to consider forming an organization.
The group, to be known as the Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, Inc., was formed and applied to the IRS as a 501-c-3 charitable organization. That designation was approved by the IRS in early 2000 and the museum has been in operation ever since.
The purpose of the Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, Inc. is to educate Virginians about the history, use, and efficiency of public transit, all while serving non-profit organizations and public events. Examples of the service are shuttles for Virginia's Explore Park, Center in the Square, the National D Day Memorial, Mill Mountain Zoo, the Heart Association, Lions Conventions, the Rescue Mission, the statewide neighborhood conference, local churches and the National EMS Memorial Service among others. All personnel who drive and maintain the fleet are non paid and the museum only asks for donations for fuel and maintenance if an organization is capable of assisting.
Currently the Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, Inc. carries approximately 6-7 thousand folks per year and enables many to access transit for public events. The museum is not in competition with the private sector. Costs are so low that the museum is able to offer the assistance folks need with the donation of our time as the most important factor in allowing the service.
CC&T continues to selectively acquire coaches when they represent geographic parts of the Commonwealth not already in the fleet or when an item is very important to the fleet from a historical perspective.
Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, Inc. is a member of:
Organizations We Have Served:
The Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
Town of Vinton Chamber of Commerce
City Rescue Mission
National EMS Memorial
Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia
Calvary Baptist Church
Virginia Museum of Transportation
Lions Club of Virginia
Second Presbyterian Church
McCray Court Housing Group
History Museum of Western Virginia
City of Roanoke - Youth Programs
City of Roanoke - Fire/EMS
City of Roanoke - Department of Technology
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO)
Beth Israel Synagogue
To The Rescue Museum
Blue Ridge Public Television
Franklin County Historical Society
Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Club
Virginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine