The oldest streetcar in daily service in North America
“The Crescent Rose” (Car 122)—or “Rosie”—is our smallest trolley car.
Rosie was built in 1909 to a standard American design by the J.G. Brill Company of Philadelphia. The car is built with a wood frame and its interior features a unique turn-of-the-century charm with elegant stained glass and detailed woodwork and metalwork.
Rosie began her service in Porto, Portugal, where she remained in service until 1978. She also served in San Fransisco Trolley Fair, where MATA co-founder Phil Cobb saw her operating and brought her to Dallas because of her similarity to Dallas’ past streetcars. Rosie is named after her benefactor, Caroline Rose Hunt, who supported the original restoration project in 1989. Rosie’s most recent restoration was unveiled in 2020.
Because of her age and smaller size, Rosie mostly operates during special events or peak season. She can also be chartered for special events.
- Year Built
- 28 feet
- Two 600-volt DC, 35 horsepower traction motors