PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Before the Wexford Post Office Deli was a deli, it was a post office. Before that, a trolley stop on the old Harmony line.
Now, it’s come full circle. Saturday morning, the 107-year-old structure was hoisted onto a flatbed truck, for a 40-mile ride to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington County.
Executive Director Scott Becker says the trolley station/post office was a “special delivery.”
“This thing was over 16 feet wide,” he says. “So in PennDOT parlance, that’s a super load.”
The museum owns the only remaining Harmony line car that actually stopped at that station It, too, needs a lot of restoring.
It’s one of about 50 vintage trolley cars at the museum. The station restoration is largely financed by the Allegheny Foundation and Washington County Tourism Bureau. A pair of benches were donated by a former station now known as the Grand Concourse.
Electrical contractors are running wire to the relocated building. It’s the first of many steps that lie ahead.
“This building is going to take quite a bit of work,” Scott Becker admits. “We have a lot of the original wood work here, but we need to make some repairs and really clean it up.”
When all the work is done, he says, “The trolley actually is going to be coming down the street here, and it’s going to stop right by the station here.”
Slowly but surely, the old trolley station is moving forward – into the past.