On July 31st, the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority unveiled its restoration of the oldest operating streetcar in the nation.
Rosie—also known as Car #122—was originally built in 1909 and features a unique turn-of-the-century charm. Rosie is named after her benefactor, Caroline Rose Hunt, who supported MATA’s restoration in 1989 that allowed her to enter service as the first trolley on Uptown streets in decades.
The restoration effort was carried out by dedicated MATA employees and volunteers, who had to completely disassemble the car down to her wooden studs while taking special care to preserve the original materials. After re-assembly, the car’s velvet seats were replaced and the car’s distinctive stained class, detailed woodwork, and metalwork were restored.
Friends who came to Rosie’s Unveiling were treated to delicious cake balls donated by 2 Sisters Baking, refreshing Bruno’s Italian Ice, and took home a rose and postcard with original art by local artist Eric Hanson.
We expect the car to be back on the streets once the weather provides a more comfortable experience for our riders.